Guinea-Bissau government focuses on tourism to promote the country’s development

8 September 2015

A focus on effective development of the tourism industry can contribute significantly to the socio-economic progress of Guinea-Bissau, said the Guinean Secretary of State for Tourism, Vicente Fernandes.

“Therefore, I call upon national and international actors in the sector to invest in promoting Guinea-Bissau as a tourist destination par excellence,” wrote the minister in a message broadcast on the newly launched secretariat website.

Fernandes urged economic operators to invest in sustainable projects with a view to consolidating an image of Guinea-Bissau that is more competitive and attractive in the sub-regional tourism market, focusing on partnerships with Senegal, Gambia and Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), which are all countries with experience in this area.

Guinea-Bissau has a unique set of natural and cultural conditions, the secretary of state said, giving the example the Bijagos archipelago and a coastal area that has a great variety of fauna and flora, excellent beaches and several national parks, supporting tourism in their different forms (environmental, scientific, cultural, sun and beach).

According to the Secretary of State for Tourism, the enormous biological and anthropological diversity that occurs in Guinea-Bissau has given rise to an unparalleled cuisine, offering an unforgettable crossing of aromas and flavours. (macauhub/GW)