President Philibert Tsiranana officially opened the Madagascar Hilton Hotel on October 8 as a part of the celebrations marking the 12th anniversary of the Malagasy Republic.
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Background: President Philibert Tsiranana officially opened the Madagascar Hilton Hotel on October 8 as a part of the celebrations marking the 12th anniversary of the Malagasy Republic.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Tananarive, the capital of the Malagasy Republic, at the side of an attractive lake. It has cost the equivalent of more than GBP2,225,000 sterling ( 5,600,000 dollars) and has taken six years to complete.
Claimed to be the most imposing hotel in any of the Indian Ocean islands, the hotel has been built by an organisation in which the government of Israel has a 53 per cent holding while the Malagasy Government has contributed the rest. The Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Haim Raphael, took part in the opening ceremony.
The Hilton-International company has been given a contract to run the hotel for its first 20 years.
With is opening, President Tsiranana says Madagascar has " an ace card for the expansion of tourism". The island is well served by international airlines.
The hotel has 190 rooms, four presidential suites, an international conference hall, Tananarive's most important shopping centre and many other amenities.
Tourism is expected to play a growing part in the economy of Madagascar, which lies 250 miles ( 380 kms )off the south-east coast of Africa.