The first stone in a two-billion dollar project to place the Ivory Coast on the world tourist map was laid by the Republic's President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Tuesday (September 8).
The first stone in a two-billion dollar project to place the Ivory Coast on the world tourist map was laid by the Republic's President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Tuesday (September 8). Called the African Riviera, the tourist complex at Abidjan is considered the most important economic enterprise in Ivorian history.
The Riviera project is being undertaken as a joint venture by the Ivory Coast Government and the Swiss-based Mafit international company. The company, led by dynamic Israeli millionaire Moshe Mayer, has already made a major impact on the country's tourist trade with the construction of the Ivoire Hotel -- among the most elegant on the Continent.
When complete, the African Riviera will comprise an ultra-modern town of 120,000 inhabitants. Focal point of the project will be the international Centre containing conference halls, theatres, amusement parks and an arts and crafts centre.
The building will be constructed by the most up-to-date methods, but will preserve traditional African forms in design. The buildings will rise from garden settings and overlook Abidjan's lagoon.
The first phase of the project, due to be completed in 1971, will contain a complete championship golf course, two large hotels, 500 residential units and a marina. Phasing of the scheme is currently programmed up to 1980.