The Ivory Coast's Minister of State Auguste Denise opened a major tourist village at Assouinds on Sunday (March 20) -- the second such village, aimed at crating new income from ???
The Ivory Coast's Minister of State Auguste Denise opened a major tourist village at Assouinds on Sunday (March 20) -- the second such village, aimed at crating new income from ??? for the predominantly agricultural country.
The Ivory Coast is 80 per cent agricultural and 70 per cent of its exports are agricultural products. The deterioration of exchange rates has led the government into a programme to try and stabilize the economy with an influx of tourist spending.
The Assouinde vacation village, called "Hotel Les Paletuviers" is located about 80 kilometres east of Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital. The first vacation village, known as "La Riviera African" was opened in January 1972.
The Sunday opening was attended by representatives of the European diplomatic corps, members of the press and representatives of neighbouring African states.
The Hotel and village are situated alongside the village of Assouinde. Three hundred rooms are located near a lagoon and the vacation village has bars, night clubs, swimming pools and various sporting facilities.
Cost of the project is about a million Central African francs.
M. Denise represented the Ivory Coast's President Felix Houphouet-Boigny at the opening.
Guests were treated to native cooking -- cooked in the open -- and native dancing.