African island country Sao Tome and Principe eyes tourism to boost economy

Situated off the Atlantic coast of Africa, the twin archipelago Sao Tome and Principe was once the world's leading producer of cocoa. Today the island nation is promoting itself as a tourist destination and the number of visitors are slowly rising. The island way of life is slowly catching on. In 2014, 18,000 people visited the island, up from just 8,000 in 2010. Also, ninety percent of the archipelagos' budget comes from foreign aid and it is hoped that a tourism boom would reduce this dependence while also lifting many of its citizens out of poverty.

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Updated Date: Aug 01, 2016 17:44:44 IST