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Tunisia: Tourism Minister announces opening of tourism office in Turkey

“A representative office of the Tunisian Tourism in Turkey will be operational from October 2012,”announced Mr. Elyes Fakhfakh Tourism Minister, on the occasion of the periodic congress of the Tunisian Federation of Travel Agencies (FTAV) held from September 28 to 30, 2012 in Istanbul (Turkey).

This office has the mission to promote trade, stimulate investment, bring the operators of the two countries closer and improve the visibility of Tunisia on the Turkish market, the minister added, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, published Monday.

“Our aim is to support any initiative to encourage Turkish operators and their Tunisian counterparts to publicize Tunisia among the largest number of Turkish tourists,” he said.

According to the same source, Turkey has a potential tourism market with ten million Turkish departures abroad, of whom only ten thousand chose Tunisia in 2011.

Was also present at the conference, held at the invitation of the Turkish Federation of Travel Agencies (TURSAB), on “the exchange of experiences and expertise in the field of tourism in the Mediterranean” Mr. Ozgur Ozoslan, Turkish Minister of State for Tourism, who stressed the need for professionals from both countries to undertake cooperative actions.

In this regard, he announced the forthcoming opening of a representative office of Turkish tourism in Tunisia, saying he agreed with the Tunisian side, to initiate cooperation on joint promotion on the Chinese market.

For his part Mohamed Ali Toumi, President FTAV, expressed the willingness of Tunisian professionals to come closer to Turkish tour operators to develop new modes of partnership and strengthen strategic relations between the North and South the Mediterranean.

Previously Minister of Tourism met Mr. Firuz Baglikaya vice president of the Federation of Turkish travel agencies and owner of a tour operator active on the Tunisian market from Scandinavian countries.

Mr. Baglikaya expressed its desire to strengthen Nordic flows towards Tunisia but also to invest in Tunisia through the acquisition of tourist establishments.

In addition, the minister intervening Sunday at the national conference of Turkish Employers’ Organization (Tukson) “invited Turkish economic operators to take advantage of the new reality of the country through the implementation of joint projects particularly in the areas of hotel and congress tourism.

It should be noted that the Minister was the guest of honor at the Joint Congress of the Tunisian Federation of Travel Agencies (FTAV) and the Federation of Turkish Travel Agencies held in Turkey from September 28 to 30.

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