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Official Update from Madagascar as of Feb. 25, 2009

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Madagascar’s National Tourism Board (Office National du Tourisme de Madagascar / ONTM) informs all its partners and the general public at large that:
– The crisis opposing the present government and one part of the opposition led by the former mayor of the capital resulted in partial strikes and some perturbation of economic activities in the capital Antananarivo at the beginning of the month of February 2009.
– Negotiations between the two parties are at present going on under the care of the Oecumenical Council of Churches. Calls for strikes have stopped and economic activities have come back to normal.
– The tourists who were in Madagascar at the time of the events could finish their stays or circuits without any problem and could leave the Malagasy territory quite safely.
– The managers of the different hotels and restaurants, travel agencies/ tour-operators, national parks and the heads of all the infrastructures that have a tourist vocation are preparing the reception of the tourists that were programmed as early as the beginning of March 2009.
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