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Tunisia: law on alternative tourism ready before end of November

The draft law organizing alternative tourism in Tunisia and relating in particular to rural lodges and guest houses will be ready by the end of November 2012, announced Minister of Tourism, Elyes Fakhfakh.

This law will be a new incentive for the diversification of tourism and exploitation of new opportunities to develop the sector, he noted.

Speaking at a news conference held Monday in Hammamet, on the sidelines of the 3rd Tunisian-German tourism meeting, he also said Open Skies talks with the European Union (EU) will begin shortly, adding that the agreement will be signed before summer 2013.

With regard to the issue concerning the Salafist Jihadists and the violence that occurred recently in the country and its impact on tourism, Fakhfakh said the government applies the law to all without exception within the respect of human rights and freedom of expression.

None of the tourists who visited Tunisia this year were targeted by these acts, he indicated.

Over five million tourists have visited Tunisia since the beginning of this year.


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