Tourism is Senegal's major source of income
Why visit Senegal
Senegal is the gem of West Africa and is characterised by varied natural landscapes, a distinct colonial heritage and vibrant culture. With 330 miles of Atlantic coastline, white sands and clear waters, the region is the animated seaside of fish market.
The Senegalese coast is a surfing destination that attracts enthusiasts from all over the world. The Saint-Louis Museum of Senegal details the country’s ethnic groups and its traditional customs. Gorée Island presents travellers with a welcome escape from the clamour of the mainland over Dakar’s skyline.
There are ancient ruins such as the Stone Circles of Senegambia - four large groups of megalithic circles in Sine Senegal. Pink Waters lake is of outstanding beauty. Translating as ‘Pink Lake’, Lake Retba or Lac Rose, it is exactly as the name implies; a lake with pink coloured waters. On your green holiday you can also see a great selection of fantastic wildlife at Niokolo-Koba National Park, and the expansive wetland of the Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary. You can also visit the controversial African Renaissance Monument. It is the tallest statue in Africa - even taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Music and nightlife play an essential role in Senegalese culture. The country is the birthplace of renowned African singer Youssou N’Dour. The capital Dakar is overflowing with tourist attractions that give a true taste of daily African life.
Senegal has established itself as one of West Africa’s economic hubs. As a large proportion of the population relies heavily on natural capital for their livelihood, transitioning to a green and inclusive economy offers multiple benefits.
Senegal adopted the “Plan Senegal Emergent” (PSE) in 2014, bolstered by a National Strategy for Sustainable Development. This involves supporting the integration of Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) into national policies; shaping sectoral and thematic reforms across green jobs, sustainable construction, waste management, green industry, sustainable use of revenues from oil and gas and encouraging entrepreneurs to support green growth. Senegal has contributed to several Sustainable Development Goals.
The new national airline, Air Senegal, aims to be the leader in West African air transport by relying on the regional HUB AIBD (Blaise Diagne International Airport). Its mission is to serve both domestic and international lines. Air Senegal aims to be a citizen company, with international standards, with a business model based on customer satisfaction and operational excellence, while respecting the safety and security standards of the aeronautical industry.
Don’t forget to participate in your trusted carbon offsetting projects when you choose to fly for your green holiday in Senegal.
The Train Express Regional (TER) is a rail line that connects Dakar with the Blaise Diagne International Airport. Travel time between the city and the airport is under 50 minutes. The Train Express Regional serves14 stations on a 55 km route. Usage is estimated at 115,000 passengers per day. The line covers 36 km from Dakar to Diamniadio, while the second stage covers an additional 19 km to the airport. The line was inaugurated on January 15, 2019.
The Bus Rapid Transit is public transport that improves mobility in and around Dakar. The BRT transfers 300,000 passengers per day. It reduces public exposure to air pollution compared to other modes of transportation. It also reduces the cost of accidents, and significantly increases mobility for a large number of people who otherwise would not travel to different parts of Senegal.
Tourism & People
Regulation, promotion and development of the nation's tourist sector is the remit of Senegal's Ministry of Senegalese Overseas and Tourism. A number of agencies, boards, and partnerships which administer promote and regulate the Senegalese tourism sector report to this ministry. These include the Directorate for the Study and Planning of Tourism, the Directorate of Tourism Regulation and Structure, and the National Tourist Promotion Board. In addition, offices of the Ministry specialise in Tourist industry infrastructural and promotion funding and oversea a Tourist industry training school.
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