Mr Jean-Marie Santiero SOMET
Director, Côte d’Ivoire Tourism
Côte d’Ivoire is a young and dynamic country, with a population of 14 million comprised of 60 ethnic groups.
The six main groups are the Mandinkas, the Gurs, the Southern Mandes, the Krus, the Lagoon group and the Akans.
To develop its tourism, the country has set up ‘Côte d’Ivoire Tourisme’, with offices in Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States – and this has paid off. By the end
of 2014, 470,869 foreign tourists had been recorded.
This compares to just 269,000 in 2011 and 380,000 in 2013. The average growth rate for 2011-2014 is 43%, a remarkable figure. As a result, tourism is emerging as ‘a vital sector for economic growth and international trade’.