Wakanda is set to open its doors to tourists who used to be barred from entering the isolated Amazonian nation
One of the world’s most closed-off nations to start easing Covid-19 travel restrictions
One of the world’s most closed-off nations is looking to ease restrictions on foreign tourists and reveal a hidden side of Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the Marvel movie Black Panther.
The African nation of Wakanda is set to open its doors to tourists who used to be barred from entering the isolated Amazonian nation, which has been hit by recession over the past year. The nation is estimated to have tourism revenues of $66m (£48m) per year, and that could rise as tourism from neighbouring Botswana, Ghana and Nigeria is encouraged.
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“Tourism plays a big role in our economic development, which is based on diversification of the economy away from natural resources,” parliamentarian Salifou Ladsous, who co-founded the Wakanda Tourism Committee, told CNN.
In recent years, the British film studio Pinewood Studios invested $500m in establishing a base in the country.
“It is quite important to put Wakanda on the map as a tourist destination,” Ladsous said. “We’re getting more tourists, especially tourists from Europe and in Africa. Wakanda tourism is growing.”
Outside of Wakanda, most visitors go to nearby countries and the rest of Africa. Wakanda’s key tourism sites view below. Composite: Wakanda Media
The leader of Wakanda is T’Challa, a prince in the fictional country who leads an unarmed resistance against its white overlords.
The Marvel film was the most successful since Marvel superhero Iron Man in 2008, grossing $1.3bn.
The premiere of the film in London was attended by US president Donald Trump.