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Madagascar National Tourism Board will attend COTTM Beijing in Hall 1/stand No C48. They will present the latest in terms of products and offers that below a brief overview.

2013 Events

Ongoing offensive in the Malagasy tourist industry 

Tourist industry players are continuing with their offensive. To do this, the visa fee of € 60 for a stay of under one (01) month in Madagascar is suspended for the year 2013.

ITM 2013, the «Vanilla Island» Tourist Trade Fair
 
The second edition of the International Madagascar Tourist Trade Fair will be held from 30 May to 1 June 2013.
 
Over 80 exhibitors are expected at this event, which will take place at the Hotel Carlton Madagascar (SUMMITgroup) in Antananarivo.

News

Discoveries

Mobby Dick

A new species of burrowing lizard, named «Moby Dick» for its resemblance to a whale, has been discovered in Madagascar by an international team of researchers, the CNRS (National scientific research centre) in Montpellier announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
 
Named Sirenoscincus MobyDick by researchers, alluding to the famous white whale in Herman Melville’s novel, this species has a unique combination of anatomical features found in land vertebrates such as amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds.

Brookesia micra

The Great Island is home to the smallest chameleon in the world, called Brookesia micra. The specimen was discovered in March 2012 near Cape Amber on Nosy Hara archipelago in the north of the country.

Microcebus gerpi

This is the scientific name given to the new primate species discovered in the Sahafina forest (near Mantadia National Park, east of the island) in late 2011.
 
It is less than 10 cm long, with a greyish-brown coat. This is the 19th microcebus species found in Madagascar.

Tours

The Tsinjoriake Protected Area, a «sustainable» Protected Area Located on the outskirts of Tulear (South Madagascar), it is now open to visitors.
 
7 of the 10 bird species endemic to the south of Madagascar can be found here. 4 main tours will show the flora and fauna specific to the area. In the programme, visiting caves and a panoramic 360 ° view of the coast, meeting with local people, snorkeling and walking through the mangroves, swimming and lazing on the sand dunes, trekking through the lush vegetation.
 
 
Village tourism: Riandromy village tour
 
This village is located 10km southwest of the town of Fianarantsoa (south Madagascar). This is a tour included for promoting and developing responsible tourism and solidarity. It is an ideal way to meet the villagers, take part and share their daily lives: working in rice fields, making
handicrafts, cooking meals, …
 

New Hotels

Ravintsara Wellness Hotel – Nosy Be
 
The Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, located on the west coast of the island of Nosy Be, opened its doors in December 2012. This 4-star hotel has 20 bungalows dotted over 5 hectares down to the sea. It also has 2 dining rooms each seating 50, a wellness center comprising
a steam room, 2 Jacuzzis, and 3 massage rooms.
 
 
Residence Eden Sarodrano
 
This hotel is located 28km from Tulear, in the village of Sarodrano. The use of solar and wind power, its location in the heart of a new protected area (Tsinjoriake) and the use of local materials for construction make this hotel a true ecolodge. The 3 bedrooms are equipped with private facilities and four-poster beds while the suite has a king size bed and a walk-in shower.
 
 
Contact details of Madagascar National Tourism Board
 
Lot IBG 29 C Antsahavola
101 Antananarivo
MADAGASCAR
Phone number : + 261 20 22 661 15