MSC Cruises will be back to Tunisia in 2022, after 7 years of absence
17/06/2021 17:01, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Swiss company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC Cruises) will be back to Tunisia after 7 years of absence and will reschedule the Tunisian destination as from 2022, through 27 cruises onboard its ship "MSC" to the port of La Goulette, its Executive President Pierfrancesco Vago announced.

The company is also interested in the port of Zarzis and is seriously considering including it in its cruise programme, he added at a meeting Wednesday in Geneva (Switzerland) with Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Habib Ammar, who is on a working visit to Switzerland, until June 18, 2021.

The Minister of Tourism said the return of the cruise giant in 2022 will enhance the influence of the Tunisian destination and attract an important category of tourists, which will contribute to revive the Tunisian tourism and give fresh impetus to such sectors, as handicrafts, historical sites and tourist restaurants.

Ammar also outlined his department's strategy to revive tourism, by emphasising the health protocol relating to the tourist sector that has been developed to ensure best health conditions for the accommodation of tourists.

He also pointed to the start of COVID-19 vaccination of tourism workers, which will guarantee their safety as well as the safety of domestic and foreign tourists.

For his part, Vago spoke of the strong relations his company has with Tunisia, which pushed it to invest in Tunisia, particularly in the port of La Goulette, by refurbishing the wharves reserved for cruises and all its components. The number of cruises to Tunisia could exceed 27 with the readiness of the port of Zarzis to receive MSC cruises, he stressed.

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