How to travel to Madagascar in April and May 2016
Tourism to Madagascar is booming and the island is looking to attract more visitors to its island of Chatham, which is about halfway between Madagascar and Mauritius.
The island’s tourism agency, Madagascar Tourism International (MTI), said it would welcome visitors from as far away as New Zealand, South Africa and Germany.
The agency said the island had attracted around 2 million visitors last year and would continue to do so this year.
The tourism industry in Madagascar has been thriving for the past five years thanks to the growth of tourism.
The tourist industry is already one of the most lucrative in the world and MTI said that the industry was set to grow by 10% this year, driven by rising tourism and economic growth.
The government also said that a new high-speed train link to Madagascar between Chatham and the European Union (EU) would be completed this year and a tourist resort would be built on the island’s northern coast.MTI chief executive Joao Mato said the growth was being fuelled by a boom in the tourism sector, particularly in the form of a new tourism tax on overseas travel, which has raised around 10% of Madagascar’s GDP in the past four years.
He said tourism was the main way people were getting to Madagascar, and it would help boost the island economy.
The Tourism Ministry said the tourism tax would also help boost tourism in the island, as the new rail link would help the island meet demand.