Tourist arrivals edge up 23% in 2017 (Minister)
07/12/2017 17:54, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, Salma Elloumi said Thursday Tunisia has recorded 6.4 million tourist arrivals during the first 11 months of 2017, up 23% compared to last season and revenues of 2.5 billion dinars (an increase of 3%).

She added that the department is working to ensure that the year 2018 be that of the takeoff of Tunisian tourism and consolidation of the recovery recorded during this season.

Elloumi stressed that the department is organising actions to promote the destination Tunisia, a country of openness and civilisation and works to diversify tourism offers including cultural and health tourism that attract about 500 thousand tourists a year in addition to the congress and sports tourism.

She said the role of representatives of Tunisia’s National Tourist Office (ONTT) abroad is increasingly important especially with the recovery experienced by the sector.

The European market has risen 19% and the French market, which started to regain its place among the first markets of arrivals in Tunisia, has increased by 47% in the first 11 months of 2017, with 535 thousand tourists, she added.

The minister also valued the significant increase recorded by the Algerian market that reached 42% (2.163 million tourists), in addition to the return of the Libyan market and the growth of the Arab Gulf market.

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