Tourism: Tunisia only 4.8 mil visitors by November 20 2015

A 26% slump compared to last year

03 December, 10:17

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 3 - ''Only 4.8 million foreign tourists visited Tunisia by November 20 2015 a 26% slump with regard to the same period of last year", said Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Handicraft Salma Elloumi Rekik in Parliament during the debate on the approval of the 2016 budget for her ministry.

    The minister explained that the decrease is mainly due to the security situation in the country, but said that Algerian tourists, on the contrary are on the rise, with a 17.2% increase.

    Indicators also showed a negative trend for tourist revenues in foreign currencies( -33% with respect to the previous year) and hotel accomodations (-44%). As far as measures to relaunch the sector go, Rekik after announcing the strenghtening of security measures at tourist sights in conjunction with other ministries, also entrusted an international communication agency with the realisation and distribution of a film on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Quartet, on December 10, in Oslo.

    Other measures also include the widening of the Tunisian tourist offer to African Countries, Iran and China, the development of air traffic and internal tourism, boosted by the opening of 11 maisons d'hotes.

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