A Piece of Heaven at the heart of the Indian Ocean is what Vanilla Islands Tourism Organization says about Comoros. This piece of heaven is now a member of the World Tourism Network family of members in 128 countries.
“For me, the World Tourism Network is the ideal platform to immerse in the tourism areas. It will allow me to discover all these beautiful places, enhance my knowledge about tourism, and give me more insight into tourism worldwide.”
These are the words of Amirdine Emilie, head of Communication for the National Office of Tourism for the Union of Comoros. Ms. Emilie continued by saying, “World Tourism Network is an opportunity also to raise awareness about my beautiful islands, Comoros.”
Chairman and founder of WTN, Juergen Steinmetz, said: “I sensed the excitement when communicating with Amidine Emilie. We’re equally excited to welcome Comoros and Amirdine to WTN.
Comoros is paradise on earth but needs a lot of help to develop its travel and tourism industry. Investing in Tourism Comoros is a winner, and we’re here to support the island country whenever possible. “
The Comoros consists of the four main islands: Ngazidja (French: Grande Comore), Mwali (French: Mohéli), Nzwani (French: Anjouan) and Maore (French: Mayotte), the contested island of Mayotte is administered by France. The nearest Countries to Comoros are Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Seychelles.
As a member of the Arab League, Comoros is the only country in the Arab world that is entirely in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is also a member state of the African Union, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Indian Ocean Commission.
Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off the African east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The nation state’s largest island, Grande Comore (Ngazidja), is ringed by beaches and old lava from the active Mt. Karthala volcano. Around the port and medina in the capital, Moroni, are carved doors and a white colonnaded mosque, the Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi, recalling the islands’ Arab heritage.
Typically, trips rely on short flights (it’s 25 minutes from Grande Comore to Mohéli), or a combination of boat and air travel, to get between the islands.
The insularity of Comoros leads to many areas of natural beauty and an incredibly unusual landscape. The rate of endemism in terrestrial and marine fauna and flora, including algae, is very high. So it’s understandable that Comoros sees ecotourism as a top priority.
The forest is dense with a very varied make-up and numerous endemic species and subspecies.
THE TERRESTRIAL FLORA OF THE COMOROS ISLANDS
The flora is part of daily life and is used in many different spheres. Plants are used for food, medicine, artisanal cosmetics, perfumes, and decoration. There are more than 2,000 species of flora in Comoros. The ylang ylang used in the perfume industry is an asset of the archipelago.
Just like the flora, the fauna is diverse and balanced, although there are few large mammals. There are more than 24 species of reptiles, including 12 endemic species. One thousand two hundred species of insects and a hundred species of birds can be observed.
A UNIQUE COASTLINE AND EXCEPTIONAL MARINE BIODIVERSITY
The volcanic activity designed the coastline. Mangroves can be found across the islands. They are productive, providing organic materials and habitats suitable for many species. Terrestrial, freshwater (birds, etc.), and marine wildlife (fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and various other invertebrates) are in the mangroves.
CORAL REEFS IN THE COMOROS ISLANDS
Coral reefs are appealing to tourists. They are extraordinarily colorful, form intriguingly shaped habitats, and are home to numerous species of wildlife. The reefs are a fascinating world to explore when diving and are an important tourist draw for our visitors.
Comoros’s Coastal and marine fauna is varied and includes species of global significance. The islands’ seas and coasts are home to truly extraordinary sights. There are about 820 species of saltwater fish, including the coelacanth, along with sea turtles, humpback whales, and dolphins.
THE MARINE FLORA
Plants are both interesting and environmentally important because they support many fixed organisms and give refuge to many marine species.
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