Comoros a perfect new tourist destination in the planning

Comoros wants to position itself as a leading African tourist destination in the Indian Ocean. But not at any price.

The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off the east coast of Africa, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The nation-state’s largest island, Grande Comore (Ngazidja) is surrounded by beaches and ancient lava from the active Mount Karthala volcano. Surrounding the port and medina of the capital, Moroni, are carved doorways and a white colonnaded mosque, the Old Friday Mosque, a reminder of the islands’ Arab heritage.

Comoros’ insularity leads to many areas of natural beauty and an incredibly unusual landscape. The level of endemism of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, including algae, is very high. It is therefore understandable that the Comoros considers ecotourism to be a top priority.

Its natural riches are dreamy fine sandy beaches, especially for eco-responsible tourism.

The 8th international forum for responsible and sustainable tourism has just ended. concluded.

What added value can the Comoros bring to the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean to stand out from other destinations?

The summit in the island nations capital, Moroni, brought together nearly 150 tourism experts, professionals and decision-makers from Africa, Europe and the Arab world.

The Comorian President, Azali Assoumani, has pledged to make the State play its full role in achieving its objectives in the field of tourism.

“We are going to do everything we can to promote the Comoros destination. We like to attract more investors to the sector, in order to increase the tourist flow. It must be recognized that much remains to be done for the development of tourism in general and responsible and sustainable tourism in particular. Of course, responsible tourism cannot be promoted without adequate funding. It is therefore essential to succeed in mobilizing sufficient resources capable of contributing to the development of this sector in our various countries,” he said, according to local media alwatwan.net.

For Marc Dumoulin, representative of Tourisme sans frontières, the interest for the Comoros explored during the event is due to three things.

  1. The development priorities of the structuring elements of the destination
  2. Improving accessibility
  3. The type of accommodation offered and the enhancement of natural sources and the cultural offer.

“The fundamental philosophy of Tourisme Sans Frontières is to allow local populations to live on their territory thanks to the income from tourism that respects their culture and their environment.

“The proposal to the Board of Directors of Tourism Without Borders and to the managers of the International Travel Tourism Fair that the Comoros be invited as VIPs at a future edition of this summit. This would make it possible to highlight the destination on the Comoros in particular, ”explained Mr. Dumoulin.

The Vanilla Island Tourism Organization defines the Comoros perfectly:

The union of the Comoros is a group of three. The island of Grandes Comoros, Moheli and Anjouan. The island of Mayotte is part of the island of Comoros but not of the union. Located in the Mozambique Channel on the east coast of Africa, the union is a member of the African Union.

Comoros’ insularity leads to many areas of natural beauty and an incredibly unusual landscape. The level of endemism of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, including algae, is very high. It is therefore understandable that the Comoros considers ecotourism to be a top priority.

DENSE FOREST

The forest is dense with a very varied composition and many endemic species and subspecies.

TERRESTRIAL FLORA OF THE COMOROS ISLANDS

Flora is part of everyday life and is used in many different areas. Plants are used for food, medicine, artisanal cosmetics, perfumery and decoration. There are over 2,000 species of flora in the Comoros. The ylang-ylang used in perfumery is an asset of the archipelago.

TERRESTRIAL FAUNA

Like the flora, the fauna is diverse and balanced, although there are few large mammals. There are more than 24 species of reptiles including 12 endemic species. 1,200 species of insects and a hundred species of birds can be observed.

A UNIQUE COASTLINE AND EXCEPTIONAL MARINE BIODIVERSITY

Volcanic activity has shaped the coastline. Mangroves can be found across the islands. They are productive, providing organic matter and suitable habitat for many species. Terrestrial, freshwater (birds, etc.) and marine (fish, crustaceans, molluscs and various other invertebrates) fauna are found in the mangroves.

CORAL REEFS IN THE COMOROS

Coral reefs attract tourists. They are extraordinarily colorful, form intriguingly shaped habitats and are home to many species of wild animals. The reefs are a fascinating world to explore while diving and are an important tourist attraction for our visitors.

HOME-ECOTOURISM

MARINE FAUNA

The coastal and marine fauna of the Comoros is varied and includes species of global importance. The seas and coasts of the islands are home to truly extraordinary sites. There are around 820 species of saltwater fish, including the coelacanth, as well as sea turtles, humpback whales and dolphins.

MARINE FLORA

Plants are both interesting and important for the environment because they are home to many fixed organisms and serve as a refuge for many marine species.

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