Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017
Madagascar has set a target of attracting 5 lakh tourists by 2020, senior officials said.Joel Randriamandranto, board chairman of the national office of Madagascar tourism made this comment at a press conference for the 6th International Tourism Fair (ITM 2017) scheduled to be held in the country on June 8-11.
In 2016, 293,000 tourists visited Madagascar, an increase of 20 percent compared to 2015, Randriamandranto said.
Before the political crisis in 2008, Madagascar had planned to receive 375,000 tourists, Randriamandranto said.
New infrastructures will have to be put in place in addition to other strategies to
achieve this goal.
Data from the ministry of tourism said that French and Italian tourists are on the top of the list of tourists visiting Madagascar and tourism brought in more than 702 million dollars of foreign currency in 2016.