Tourism in Sierra Leone

Tourists on a Sierra Leone beach.

Tourism in Sierra Leone is an important growing national service industry. Beaches and other natural habitats are the biggest parts of the nation's tourism industry.

Tourist industry

According to the International Labour Organisation, approximately 8,000 Sierra Leoneans are employed in the tourism industry, with a growing number of jobs expected to be created in the future. The main entrance point is Freetown International Airport, where transport to and from has been problematic.

The government's ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is headed by Peter Bayuku Konte.[1]


The main attractions for tourist in Sierra Leone are the beaches, nature reserves, mountains and the islands (Banana Island and Turtle Islands).[2]


  2. Europa Publications Limited (31 December 2002). Africa South of the Sahara 2003. Psychology Press. p. 934. ISBN 978-1-85743-131-5. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sierra Leone.

Travel guide to Banana Island Sierra Leone Scuba Diving/Accommodation at Banana Island

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