Tourism

TOURISM IN SENEGAL – THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Putting Senegal among the many high 5 African vacationer locations with three million guests per 12 months by 2023 is the federal government’s goal. The authorities are greater than ever centered on tourism in Senegal (10% of GDP and 9% of complete employment within the nation) to take care of a sustained stage of development (7%) and a wholesome economic system.

Over the previous 4 years, the nation has been experiencing development charges of over 6.5% per 12 months – a dynamic that’s anticipated to proceed within the coming years.

In line with the Minister of Tourism, the federal government is making ready to launch “a name for funding in about ten main vacationer websites”. Amongst them: the megalithic circles of Senegambia (South), the Monument of the African Renaissance or the brand-new Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar.

These investments suggest a rise in international direct funding (FDI) in Senegal, at present restricted primarily to agribusiness and processing of fishery merchandise. In line with the United Nations Convention on Commerce and Growth (UNCTAD), between 2012 and 2014, FDI has already risen from US$276 million to US$343 million, an excellent enhance (+80%) in two years. This enhance was made attainable by the event of infrastructure within the capital (motorways, airport, convention heart, and so forth.). This makes the nation and the supply of tourism in Senegal far more enticing.

In line with an in depth evaluation carried out by Horwath HTL, the resort, tourism and leisure consulting, Senegal may see its resort potential skyrocket within the coming years. “We consider that Senegal has a diversified resort improvement potential within the medium time period,” Philippe Doizelet, affiliate director of Horwath HTL, mentioned earlier. In actual fact, the nation is seeing the discharge of many infrastructures designed to accommodate holidaymakers. Within the “new metropolis” of Diamniadio, about thirty kilometers from Dakar, a resort providing 460 rooms constructed by the Accor group is anticipated to open in 2020. Within the medium time period, the federal government hopes to supply some 5,000 new rooms to vacationers.

Final October, the Senegalese President emphasised that greater than an financial asset, tourism in Senegal had a wider “contribution”, “in job creation, in social ties, within the preservation of our nature and the enhancement of our heritage, for the standard of our exchanges. Tourism is a assure of stability,” he mentioned. Macky Sall appears greater than ever decided to steer the nation’s “massive leap ahead”, to make use of the title of a tourism improvement program, which he launched when he took workplace in 2012.

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