Bello Bouba Maïgari, Minister of Tourism and Leisure, presented his ministry's budget before the National Assembly's Finance and Budget Committee on November 2. According to the presentation document obtained by SBBC, the ministry is requesting a budget of XAF8.5 billion for the year 2024. Of this amount, half, or XAF4.3 billion, is allocated for operating expenses.
Specifically, of the operating expenses, XAF1.7 billion is budgeted for staff salaries, XAF363 million for "other personnel expenses," and XAF2.1 billion for "other goods and services."
The remaining XAF4 billion is the investment budget. Of that budget, XAF1 billion is earmarked for transfer to 27 decentralized local authorities, and XAF300 million is allocated to the regions. Another XAF2 billion is set aside for "other major projects" distributed across various programs. These projects encompass the development of tourist sites, including the Ebodje tourist center in Campo Kribi (South region), the rehabilitation of the Ayaba Hotel in Bamenda, and the extension of the Kribi Visitor Center.
"The main task in 2024 will be to continue extending the infrastructure of the Lagdo and Maga water sports resorts in the North and Far North regions," says Minister Bello Bouba Maïgari.
In 2023, the Ministry of Tourism was allocated a budget of XAF7.2 billion, with XAF4 billion set as an operating budget. Minister Bello indicates that XAF1.9 billion was utilized, excluding salaries.