Travel in
Central African Republic

Country Report

Executive Summary

Oct 2013
Instability and violence continue to tarnish Central African Republic’s travel and tourism

Central African Republic has continued to be a poor and unstable country since its independence from France in 1960. A national unity government was established in 2009 from two rebel leaders, but pockets of rebel activity continue across the country, with insurgents from neighbouring Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army, operating in Central African Republic, as well as conflicts in Sudan, Chad and Congo, Democratic Republic overspilling their borders. Furthermore, the country has recently been thrown into chaos since the Seleka rebels seized power from President Francois Bozize in April 2013, causing a humanitarian crisis in the country. The nation is extremely undeveloped and the majority of the population live in poverty

Business leads the way in tourism flows

The security situation, combined with a lack of funding, has hampered travel and tourism development within the country. Despite possessing natural attractions, the number of inbound visitors remains extremely low, comprising largely business visitors, many of whom are aid and conservation workers. Many countries, including the US, UK and Canada, have warnings against all travel to the country. As a result, travel and tourism is facing an uphill struggle in the country to attract visitors, combined with inadequate facilities on the ground.

Air remains the key category for travel and tourism

In terms of mode of transportation, the roads remain a dangerous environment for tourists and they prefer to limit their visit only to the key cities of the country. Only about 20% of the country’s total routes are paved, including roads between Bangui and Bossembele, Bangui and Sibut and between Bangui and M’Baiiki. Air transportation so far is the key travel mode for tourists arriving and leaving the country.

National parks provide ecotourism potential

The country has four national parks with fantastic natural attractions, and it is hoped that they can be the key to successful sustainable tourism for the country. Features include waterfalls near the capital city Bangui, primate safaris for gorilla-watching, elephants, rhinoceros and buffaloes, as well as pristine rainforests in untouched settings. Ecotourism has become the tourism focus for many countries in this region, and Central African Republic risks missing out on development and income opportunities while the instability continues. However, the country is working closely with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to develop its ecotourism offerings.

Foreign investment, a key source for future tourism development

As some international countries are highly alarmed about the situation in Central African Republic, experts can look only at foreign investments coming after international intervention to calm down the political situation and to establish a trusted climate for business. One such channel is CEMAC (Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale, Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa). The intervention was launched in April 2013 to provide peace to the country, but it was not successful. France remains one of the key mediators for the economic and political partners within the country and outside its borders.

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  • Car Rental

  • Health and Wellness Tourism

  • Tourism Flows Domestic

  • Tourism Flows Inbound

  • Tourism Flows Outbound

  • Tourist Attractions

  • Transportation

  • Travel Accommodation

  • Travel Retail

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Travel and Tourism in Central African Republic

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Instability and violence continue to tarnish Central African Republic’s travel and tourism
Business leads the way in tourism flows
Air remains the key category for travel and tourism
National parks provide ecotourism potential
Foreign investment, a key source for future tourism development

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

Table 1 Balance of Tourism Payments: Value 2007-2012

SWOT

Summary 1 Central African Republic: SWOT

MARKET DATA

Table 2 Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 3 Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2007-2012
Table 4 Forecast Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 5 Forecast Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2012-2017
Table 6 Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 7 Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 8 Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 9 Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2007-2012
Table 10 Forecast Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 11 Forecast Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 12 Forecast Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 13 Forecast Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2012-2017
Table 14 Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2007-2012
Table 15 Forecast Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2012-2017
Table 16 Tourist Attractions: Value 2007-2012
Table 17 Tourist Attractions Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
Table 18 Forecast Tourist Attractions: Value 2012-2017
Table 19 Forecast Tourist Attractions Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

CAR RENTAL

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Category Data
Table 20 Car Rental Sales: Value 2007-2012
Table 21 Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
Table 22 Forecast Car Rental Sales: Value 2012-2017
Table 23 Forecast Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

TOURISM FLOWS INBOUND

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Category Data
Table 24 Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 25 Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 26 Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2007-2012
Table 27 Incoming Tourist Receipts 2007-2012
Table 28 Forecast Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 29 Forecast Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 30 Forecast Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2012-2017
Table 31 Forecast Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth 2012-2017
Table 32 International Arrivals by City 2007-2012

TRANSPORTATION

Headlines
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Prospects
Category Data
Table 33 Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2007-2012
Table 34 Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
Table 35 Forecast Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2012-2017
Table 36 Forecast Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION

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Prospects
Category Data
Table 37 Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2007-2012
Table 38 Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2007-2012
Table 39 Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
Table 40 Forecast Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2012-2017
Table 41 Forecast Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2012-2017
Table 42 Forecast Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

TRAVEL RETAIL

Headlines
Trends
Prospects
Category Data
Table 43 Travel Retail Sales: Value 2007-2012
Table 44 Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
Table 45 Forecast Travel Retail Sales: Value 2012-2017
Table 46 Forecast Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017