As a teenager in Madagascan, I’d spend my evenings on the island’s beaches and rivers, taking in the lush beauty of its tropical landscape and its people.
When I left, I was shocked by the lack of tourism, and it’s hard to pinpoint why.
When we visit, it’s usually to eat, drink and hang out with friends.
But on the islands, tourism is so limited that we often don’t even see the people we meet.
The locals have always been there for us, but we never really feel like they’re really there.
So why does it feel like everyone’s there to take advantage of our absence?
Tourism to Madagascar is so low because of the way it was created.
Tourism in Madagascar is a huge industry, but its growth has been so slow that it’s impossible to compare it to other countries.
And this is why there are so many tourists, says Paul Kipkoe, a former tourism adviser in Madagascar who now heads the company that manages Madagascar’s tourist facilities.
As an economic powerhouse, Madagascar has the potential to become a hub of tourism.
But because it has a weak economy, tourism in Madagascar has been completely neglected by the government.
In 2017, Tourism Madagascar (TM) launched a campaign called ‘Tourism, Peace and Love’.
The goal was to convince the government to do something about the tourism industry.
The campaign was launched in 2018, and the campaign was hugely successful, with a rise in tourists from 1.5 million in 2019 to 5 million in 2020.
However, in the past three years, the number of people coming to Madagascar has fallen by more than half.
So how does Tourism Madagascar get its tourists to come to Madagascar, anyway?
The most obvious answer is to provide better infrastructure.
The island has a relatively small population, and that means the government is responsible for everything from road infrastructure to housing.
But even then, it is impossible to completely fix all the issues that arise when you are dealing with an island population that is so small.
Many islanders are not even aware of how much infrastructure is needed to get tourists to Madagascar.
In addition to the road and housing infrastructure, the tourism sector is also facing challenges because tourism is not a part of the island government’s economic strategy.
Tourism is seen as a commodity that the islanders can’t afford to keep and thus the government has to subsidise it.
As a result, many tourists simply walk away when they arrive.
It’s not a problem that is unique to Madagascar: tourists have been leaving for many other countries, too.
Tourism and tourism alone are not enough to build a sustainable economy, Kipke says.
And for many tourists who come to Madagassans, the lack in infrastructure can be the primary reason they don’t stay.
And even when they do stay, they often have problems.
According to the World Tourism Organization, Madagascar’s tourism industry is the third-largest in the world behind the United States and Spain.
But it is one of the least developed countries in the region, Kampala says.
So, what can we do to fix this?
The first step is to create an environment where people can come to the island.
Tourism has been a long time coming, and its impact will continue to grow, Kepkoe says.
Tourism can’t just happen on the side of the road, but it can happen on beaches and in the forest.
Tourism should be a part in all of the activities that are happening on the land.
And tourism needs to be seen as part of a bigger economy that brings in income to the country.
So instead of having tourists come to a place to eat and drink, the island should be an economic hub that supports tourism.
Tourism also needs to become part of everyday life in the island as well.
For example, people who work in tourism facilities need to have a job and be able to afford to live in the area.
The tourism industry needs to develop infrastructure to make it more sustainable and to keep people from leaving.
It also needs better education to educate people about the challenges tourism brings, Kepshe says.
The solution to the tourism issue is to put people in the tourism business, he says.
It is difficult to predict how long tourism will last in Madagascar.
It could take 20 or 30 years to fully grow, or it could just go away.
But the most important thing is to start seeing the positive effects tourism can have on the economy, and to see the island grow in tourism and economic activity, Kopkoe adds.
If tourism is the answer to the problem, the rest of the world should follow suit, he concludes.
But what does that mean for the island?
For some, tourism may just be a way to make money.
And many others, like the local government, think tourism is an important part of Madagascar’s future.
However much people love to travel to Madagascar and enjoy its natural beauty, it may be time to change that, says Peter W