The funds allocated to market Tunisia as a destination will be around 53 million dinars in 2016 against 70 million dinars in 2015, Director General of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT) Abdellatif Hmam said Saturday.
Speaking at a special meeting of the Tunisian Federation of Travel Agencies (FTAV), Hmam added that “2016 will see a revival of tourism in Tunisia,” saying a meeting will take place in 10 days with professionals to discuss ways to ensure the success of the new season.
He further noted that diplomatic action will allow Tunisia to overcome the difficulties faced by the tourism sector through contesting the travel ban decisions striking the Tunisian destination.
These decisions were taken by several countries after the June 6, 2015 terrorist attack on a hotel in Sousse.
The priorities of the tourism sector are, according to Hmam, restructuring of the sector, strengthening domestic tourism, diversifying tourist circuits and developing congress tourism, medical tourism and the Algerian market.
He pointed to the possibilities of creating air links with western regions of Algeria, establishing a flight between Algeria and the island of Djerba and speeding up efforts to capture the Chinese markets and study the Iraqi market.