The Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts and the Malta-based Mediterranean Tourism Foundation (MTF) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen joint tourist development action and promote sustainable development.
The MoU provides for fostering co-operation between the two countries for the implementation of sustainable tourism projects (ecotourism and cultural tourism), Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Salma Elloumi Rekik said at the signing ceremony held Wednesday afternoon in Gammarth.
For President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who was present at this ceremony, it is a historic moment for both countries and for the Mediterranean region.
The signed memorandum is likely to give a new vision of the region, she said, adding that both sides need to work together to further attract tourists to the region, known for its historical and natural heritage.
“The Mediterranean can attract more tourists from all over the world, not only to ensure prosperity and job creation for youth, but also to develop human contact and spread a culture of peace, to show that diversity is a richness”, the President of Malta pointed out.
We are happy to have Tunisia as a partner in this foundation that works to implement projects focused on tourism and energy through the realization of energy-efficient hotels, said MTF Secretary-General Andrew Agius Muscat, co-signer of the memorandum with the Minister.
The Foundation, created four years ago, aims to promote tourism as a factor of peace and stability in the region and works to achieve joint projects between different operators and countries of the Mediterranean region, he added.
The document provides for the creation of a joint committee between Tunisia and the Foundation to support tourism activity in both countries, according to the vice-president of the Tijani Haddad Foundation.