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Tourism in Benin is a small industry. In 1996, Benin had approximately 150,000 tourists. By 2014 number rose to 242,000. A small country with a high concentration of tourist attractions, Benin's national parks and culture are among its main tourist attractions.Taylor & Francis Group, 2003, ''Africa South of the Sahara 2004'', Routledge, , page 88. Abomey is one of Benin's main tourist attractions, with palaces that became a World Heritage Site in 1982. The capital city Porto Novo's attractions include its museums and architecture. Cotonou is the only international airport in Benin.Williams, Stephen, Dec 2002
Benin: The belly of history
''African History''.
There are direct flights to Benin from Belgium, France, and a number of African countries. There are 578 kilometres of railroad in the country, which were developed under a joint effort with the Republic of Niger.Leonard, Thomas M., 2006, ''Encyclopedia of the Developing World'', Taylor & Francis, , page 198. Benin's government regards tourism as a method of diversifying its economy, attracting more foreign investment, and decreasing Benin's dependence on its agricultural industry. Although the government has a National Policy of Tourism Development, it has not made a strong effort to improve tourist facilities or to market Benin as a tourist destination.Travel and Tourism in Benin
Euromonitor.
Some of the best wildlife areas in West Africa are found in north Benin, where Pendjari National Park and W National Park are located.Hudgens, Jim, 2003, ''The Rough Guide to West Africa '', Rough Guides, , page 927. The best time to see the Pendjari National Park's wildlife is towards the end of the dry season.Benin: Sights
Lonely Planet.
The park is accessible to travellers and accommodation is available. W National Park is located in Benin's far north, and stretches across Burkina Faso and Niger. The park has a wealth of wildlife, but is difficult to access from Benin.


See also

*Wildlife of Benin *Music of Benin

References

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