Tourism & Communications

Potential for tourism

The coast of Ivory CoastWith its tropical climate and white sandy beaches, Ivory Coast was once a popular tourist destination in West Africa, particularly for French citizens.

However, conflict and war over the last decade have drastically reduced the number of foreign visitors, with many countries issuing warnings on travel to Ivory Coast.

Compared to its oil and agricultural sectors, tourism plays only a tiny part in the economy of Ivory Coast. However, given a peaceful and stable political climate, tourism and the service industries could grow again in importance.

National Parks in need of help

Threatened habits and wildlife

As well as being used by armed groups during the civil war, parks have long been prey to illegal poaching and logging. Pressure for farming land by cocoa growers has also caused deforestation.

Ivory Coast has three wildlife conservation areas on the World Heritage List – the Mount Nimba Nature Reserve, the Tai National Park and the Comoe National Park, one of the largest protected areas in West Africa.

However, some areas of nature reserve were overrun by militia groups during the civil war. A renewed focus on conservation and protection of wildlife is vital.

Good communications

Ivory Coast has a dense network of paved roads across the country, with beaten-earth roads mainly acting as feeders to the main routes.

The major port at Abidjan allows for a range of goods to be shipped from Ivory Coast, as well as providing docking for passengers. Three other ports along the coast also handle exports.

By regional standards, telecommunications are well-developed in Ivory Coast. Several companies provide mobile phone services and internet access is available in urban locations.