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Tunisia: number of tourists reaches over 3 million since early 2012

Tunisia has hosted nearly 3 million 27 thousand tourists since the beginning of 2012 with revenues totaling about 1.4 billion dinars, Elyes Fakhfakh, Minister of Tourism said Thursday.

In his response to members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the minister said all tourism markets with which Tunisia works have recorded an increase of about 30 to 60%.

Despite the current difficulties at national (democratic transition) and international levels, including the economic crisis in Europe, Tunisian tourism has managed to regain a significant share of these markets, particularly in the Mediterranean, said Elyes Fakhfakh.

This recovery, he said, proves that the Tunisian destination remains attractive and prominently on the world market despite cruel competition.

Despite the successes, many gaps remain, particularly in terms of quality of services in airports and some hotels, besides the environmental situation, he indicated.

Elyes Fakhfakh expressed satisfaction with the development of domestic tourism, especially during school holidays.

The Minister promised to give this niche of the importance it deserves, particularly in terms of promotion and improvement of product quality, which will help, he said, to ensure some stability to the sector.

He added that efforts will focus on the development of alternative tourism, rural tourism and cultural tourism, emphasizing the important role of the civil society in promoting the cultural heritage of different regions.

The Minister also indicated that a strategy for the development of tourism in Tunisia, was presented at the recent cabinet meeting, held July 10, 2012, announcing the establishment of a unit of management by objectives, responsible for implement this strategy from next September.


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