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                seaside tourism on the natural beaches of Kribi and Limbe, in the mangroves and waterfalls flo- wing directly into the sea.
Protected sites and areas such as the Korup National Park, which harbors plant species of over millions years old, the Dja Reserve, a world heritage site, Mount Cameroon with its very rare flora, and the fossil sites of Mayo-Rey are the pre- ferred zones for ecotourism.
Thanks to the quality of its reception facilities, including international airports, conference cen- tres and international class hotels, the cities of Yaoundé and Douala host every year important congresses attended by businessmen and offi- cials from around the world.
Apart from football that made the notoriety of Cameroon, other sports relating to tourism are developing: fishing sport games off Douala, golf courses in Yaoundé and Tiko, annual footing competing uphill of Mount Cameroon, not to mention the equestrian clubs in Yaoundé, Douala and Garoua.
With 572,728 tourists identified by the Ministry of Tourism (MINTOUR) in 2010, tourism industry generated more than 90 billion F.
This could benefit Cameroon by 28.64 billion F in terms of visa fees; 2.66 billion for airport stamp receipts and taxes; and other taxes produ- ced 59,142 billion F. The estimated share of the tourism industry in the national economy in 2010 is 3%. By 2015, the Ministry of Tourism expects a million tourists to benefit Cameroon by nearly 129 billion F. For the same period, they antici- pate by 8%, the development of the contribution of tourism to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Actually, tourism is a hope bearing sector.
Tourism may greatly contribute to levelling the balance of payments, which is currently in deficit in Cameroon. It is a remarkable source of growth, a currency-generating industry, a job multiplier. It also facilitates the development (emergence of local SMEs) and attracts foreign direct investment, not mentioning major activity in world trade. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INS), the sector of tourism in Cameroon has more than 9,000 companies.
These companies generate 60,000 direct jobs, and averagely 360,000 indirect jobs. Truly an infinite godsend.
  The Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé

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