Tourism in Madagascar

  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017

    BOTSWANA, 2017/09/09 Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed before this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 % in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 % of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • Why Is So Little Attention Paid to Madagascar's Incredible Wildlife?

    MADAGASCAR, 2015/03/02 MADAGASCAR is home to 5% of world biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world - from presently on even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive additional public attention and cash. Type "Madagascar" into any internet search engine and you are additional likely to get reviews of the new DreamWorks cartoon franchise followed by depressing snippets of news on poverty, disease, and economic hardship than any positive data on the country's truly amazing natural resources. To conservationists such as myself, who have been working in the world's fourth major island to preserve the country's forests and wildlife, a lot of of which evolved uniquely and are found nowhere else, the limited awareness of Madagascar's natural riches leaves us scratching our heads. In these 'green times', at the same time as conservation and wildlife stories are prominent, eco-tourists roam the globe, and public interest in all things ecological continues to grow steadily, why is so little attention paid to a country that houses a staggering 5% of world biodiversity while occupying a mere 0,4% of the world landmass?
  • Madagascar severe sanctions impacted on the flow of tourists

    MADAGASCAR, 2013/11/12 The long awaited presidential elections in Madagascar produced no final result during round one of the voting, as no candidate attained the necessary number of votes to be declared the outright winner. A runoff election, closely monitored once again by the African Union, will therefore have to take place in early December and campaigning will continue until again. It took the electoral commission two weeks since voting day to declare provisional results next 99.9 % of the voting stations had been tallied in a process termed as largely free and equitable by election observers, which came mostly from member nations of the African Union but as well from Europe and beyond.