Côte d'Ivoire's tourism industry is in the earliest stages of development, having long beenhampered by a lack of domestic stability and security, which has deterred investors and visitors alike. Amore stable outlook for the country, in conjunction with domestic and regional economic growth, meansthat growth prospects for the tourism sector are improving, and we now expect to see steady growth intourism arrivals and related spending. The hotel sector is also expected to gradually expand, bringing amuch-needed injection of capital and quality to the market, although this will be focused on Abidjan.
Vulnerabilities remain, however, including a lack of adequate transport infrastructure and domesticpolitical unrest.
Key Updates and Forecasts
International air travel connectivity is gradually improving. In July, European airline TAP Portugal addedfive weekly flights between Lisbon and Abidjan. The introduction of routes such as this will help todevelop regional tourism routes that have long been held back by poor road and rail connections.