Benin gets $50 million grant to enhance its tourism

Published on : Tuesday, February 28, 2017

grant to enhance its tourismRepublic of Benin is about to get $50 million financing from World Bank to enhance its tourism industry. Country’s competitiveness and transborder tourism program headed by National agency for tourism development and heritage promotion are the main support areas of the facility.

This 5 year initiation will help Quidah to become a tourism hub by utilizing its rich history and geographical attractions. Quidah is a small town situated in the southern region of the country. To quote José Pliya, ANPT’s director, ‘’tourism contributes to only 2.6% of our gross domestic product. We want this increased to 6% in the next five years, putting us on the same stand as Senegal.’’

Benin will attract more tourists from border areas like Nigeria or Togo. Also, overseas country like France is also enlisted. The authorities said that more and more investment will be made on road development, hotel infrastructure, and emphasizing local art and craftsmanship. It’s one of the key targets of the action plan of the government introduced by the president Talon in December 2016 to discover Benin to the outside world.

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