From The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2020
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High levels of economic growth beginning in 2012 and the government’s efforts to make Abidjan a destination for regional conferences have allowed business tourism to flourish, resulting in rapid development of the hospitality industry. As of mid-April 2020 the full extent of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Côte d’Ivoire’s tourism sector remained unclear; however, the crisis is expected to significantly affect tourism numbers on a global scale in 2020. Nonetheless, the government’s ambitious plans to develop the leisure segment demonstrate the clear political will to make the sector a key driver of the economy in the long term. To succeed, Côte d’Ivoire will continue to develop its infrastructure – especially in the interior of the country with roads and airports – and diversify its offerings in terms of beach destinations, as well as cultural and nature tourism. This chapter contains an interview with Siandou Fofana, Minister of Tourism.