A mild climate and gleaming while sandy beaches are transforming Senegal into a popular resort for European holidaymakers.
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Background: A mild climate and gleaming while sandy beaches are transforming Senegal into a popular resort for European holidaymakers. Several now hotels have sprung up in the last few years to accommodate the increasing number of visitors. The latest -- a holiday village at Casamance in South Senegal -- was opened on Friday (25 January) by Prime Minister Abou Diouf.
The new resort -- the village of Cap Skirring -- has brought 150 jobs to people in the area. It will also be a valuable earner of overseas revenue for the country. With this in mind, local business put up 616 million CFA (1,025,000 pounds Sterling) of the total cost of one billion 325 million CFA (2,600,000 pounds Sterling). A Danish loan of 609 million CFA (1,180,000 pounds Sterling) with interest deferred for seven years, has also been invested in the village.
Club Mediterranes of France, which runs many African holiday resorts, is also backing the Cap Skirring project. Eighty two per cent of the shares are held by the Senegalese government. Air Afrique and Senegalese citizens own the remainder.
SYNOPSIS: A picturesque setting is just one of the attractions Senegal can offer European tourists anxious to escape the rigours os winter -- made even less bearable by the fuel shortage.
Tourists are welcomed in Senegal where they help provide a market for local craftsmen.
But the Government expects to reap the greatest economic benefits from the overseas currency the tourists bring.
After the formalities, the Senegalese demonstrated their traditional hospitality. This, along with miles of gleaming white beaches and a mild winter climate, are transforming the country into a popular and fashionable resort.
The Club Mediterranes, which is running the village, is well established in other parts of Africa.