Before the countrys political troubles of the 1990s, Lom was the pearl of West Africa. Nearly everyone who swept through the region stopped in Lom for a few days at the beach. French and Germans would flock in during the winter, living it up in the city’s five-star hotels and fine restaurants.
But travellers are fairly scarce these days, and many businesses are just getting by. Though a few hotels still do a brisk business, most tourist facilities now bide their time in a semi-deserted ambience. There are a few Internet cafe opening up in Lom with cheap and reliable connections.