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The tourism sector of Madagascar brooding

While the pulmonary plague has mortally hit for the last few weeks the Moramanga District in the east of the Island and two children died end of last week of bubonic plague, the Malagasy tourism authorities are grieving over a destination recoiled by tourists.

The Minister of Tourism Ulrich Andriantiana has recently acknowledged the worrisome situation and mentioned that "the reservations cancellation rate in hotels oscillates between 60% and 70%."

The last strike of Air Madagascar and insecurity have also clearly carried a heavy blow to the Malagasy tourism sector as a whole. Less than 100,000 tourists have been reported from January to August, 2015.

The Malagasy tourism authorities wanted in early 2015 to exceed the symbolic threshold of 300,000 tourists. Figures that are today unreachable in the state.
In 2014, some 220,000 tourists visited Madagascar, far from the 400,000 travellers recorded in 2009. 255,942 tourists had been received in Madagascar in 2012, nearly 29% had gone on the island of Nosy Be. 198,816 visitors traveled to the Island in 2013.

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