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Madagascar on the way to tourism recovery

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa  Aug 16, 2009

Tourism sources in Madagascar are upbeat about the recovery of their sector and the return of tourist visitors to the country, following the landmark deal reached by negotiators of the two deeply-divided political camps in Madagascar.

This took place in Maputo, Mozambique, under the chairmanship of former President Joaquim Chissano, who guided the two sides to an agreement on an election timetable spanning the next 15 months, while granting amnesty of all charges and against all prior (politically-inspired) convictions for ousted President Marc Ravalomanana, who has since his election defeat have been living in exile in South Africa, along with his own predecessor Ratsiraka, who had been given political asylum in France.

In fact, Ravalomanana, Ratsiraka, and another former president, Albert Zafy, took part in the negotiations.

Ousted President Ravalomanana is still recognized by the African Union as head of state, by the way. A move that was thought to have pushed the current regime to the negotiating table. He will not take part personally in the unfolding political campaigns ahead of elections. He is said to return to Madagascar shortly.

The Indian Ocean Island is home to a variety of lemurs – cat-like animals only found on this island – and offers exotic beach holidays and other nature and wildlife-based attractions.

Kenya Airways operates regular flights from Nairobi to Antananarivo for those now interested to reconsider visiting Madagascar.

Madagascar on the way to tourism recovery
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