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Tunisia: Tourism up 25% in Djerba

The tourist season in Djerba and Zarzis is experiencing a noticeable revival coupled with the reopening of several hotels to accommodate the many tourists from various sources, including Russian and local markets. Tourism-related businesses such as handicrafts and transport have also recorded a new dynamics.

Positive results were thus achieved during the last three months (June, July, August) 2016, where the number of arrivals reached 298,000 tourists, up 25% compared to the same period of 2015, local tourism commissioner, Ahmed Kalboussi told the official news agency TAP. Overnight stays totaled 2. 1 million, up 50%, with an occupancy rate of 70%.

The Russian market ranks first in terms of arrivals (130,000 tourists), the local market comes in second place (85,000), followed by the French market (26,000) and Germany (14,000) and Libya (12 thousand).

Efforts continue to promote tourism for the rest of the season (September, October and November) and give additional impetus to the sector in anticipation of the winter holidays, said the local commissioner.

The success of the season does not hide some problems such as cleanliness, communication with the new Russian market and the hasty resumption of some hotel units which affected the quality of services, noted Kalboussi, stating that 72 hotels have reopened and eleven remained closed, two of which are preparing to resume business before the New Year.

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