Tourism: in Tunisia -50% from Europe, +17% from Algeria

According to data as of September 10

21 September, 12:58

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 21 - Tunisia has registered four million tourists since the start of the year as of September 10, down from the five million recorded over the same period last year, according to Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Rekik Elloumi in Tunis-Gammarth during a meeting with a tourism delegation from Belgium.

    European tourism has dropped in particular, down an estimated 50% from last year, as a consequence of the terror attacks on the Bardo museum and Sousse, after which tour cancellations have multiplied, the minister said.

    Tourists from Algeria have instead increased, up 17% with one million visitors.

    In addition, hotel stays by Tunisians living abroad have increased 7%.

    A reform of the sector is urgently needed, including personnel training and improved quality of services to overcome the crisis, the minister noted, adding that a training program will soon be implemented for unemployed workers in the sector across eight regions in the country.

    Out of 600 hotels, some 413 are reportedly still active, the tourism minister said. (ANSAmed)
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