Tourism has developed significantly since the early 1970s. The country has excellent hotels and other tourist facilities, with 11,374 beds in 7,786 hotel rooms and a 70% occupancy rate in 1997. In 1998, there were 301,039 tourist arrivals, including more than 73,000 from France alone. Receipts from tourism amounted to $98 million during the same year. However, reports indicate that receipts had declined to only $57 million in 2000. Fine beaches, specially built tourist villages, and photo safaris through the wildlife preserves are the principal attractions.
Passports are required. Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days, but a vaccination certificate for yellow fever is needed from all foreign visitors.
In 2002, the US Department of State estimated the cost of staying in Abidjan at $160 per day. Yamoussokro is estimated at $98.