A sigh of relief for Tunisia? Number of tourists hits 1M mark!

Published April 11th, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The increase in the number of tourists is largely due to the growth of Tunisia's traditional markets, mainly French, German and Algerian. (Shutterstock)
The increase in the number of tourists is largely due to the growth of Tunisia's traditional markets, mainly French, German and Algerian. (Shutterstock)

The number of tourists visiting Tunisia has increased by 33.5 percent at the end of March 2017, compared to the same period of 2016, to 1 million tourists, said Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Salma Elloumi Rekik.

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Speaking to reporters at the opening of the Tourism Trade Fairs held in El Kram Exhibition Centre, the Minister explained these results by the growth of traditional markets mainly French, German and Algerian (60 percent). 

The Tourism Trade Fairs kicked off Wednesday under the slogan "Recovery of Tunisian Tourism".

The event will be held for five days and it is composed of five trade fairs; the International Tourism Market (MIT), HORECA EXPO (hotel equipment & services, catering and food industry show), SPA Expo (Spa, hydrotherapy and health tourism show), Boat show and Golf sports show.

The Tourism fairs are held right before the beginning of the summer season in order to allow exhibitors to market their products, and to provide visitors with an idea on the existing offers, so they can make their choice at ease and book in advance.

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“This exhibition is of great value. A large number of ambassadors, hotel owners, and travel agencies attend this trade fair, with whom we have great deals of exchange in the Tourism field,” the minister pointed out.

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo participate in these shows. 

Khaled Fakhfekh, President of the Tunisian Hotel Federation stressed the importance of the Tunisian market which has regressed over the last three years. He recalled that Tunisians spent 5 million overnight stays between 2015 and 2016. 

In a statement to TAP, the representative of a Czech Travel Agency said the travel agency is participating in the fair to meet and arrange deals with partners and hotel owners and to improve market performance.

He reminded that the number of Czech tourists has increased by 50 percent in 2017 compared to last year. Their number would reach 60,000 tourists against 32,000 in 2016.

 


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