According to Habib Ammar, CEO of the Tunisian National Tourism Office (ONTT), 3000 jobs in the tourism sector were lost because of the regression of the activity. During the periodical meeting between government representatives, and the press organized in Al Kasbah, Mr. Ammar affirmed that the number of tourists decreased by 39%, overnight stays by 53% and income by 51%.
But Mr. Ammar declarted that he’s expecting a recovery during the second semester of the year. He’s anticipating an increase by 52% in the total number of bookings.
The promotionnal campaign launched in the Algerian media and on the Internet will help promote tourism during the next period. In another hand, the CEO of the ONTT denied any kidnapping of an algerian tourist, as some media declared. The security forces haden’t recorded any incident like this one.
Mr. Ammar asserted that the interior tourism, is only contributing by less t less than 10%, and that the ONTT should sensibilize the Hotel Business Tunisian Federation to offer attractives prices, in order to encourage local customers.
To ameliorate the quality of the hotels, the ONTT started in July a campaign in all touristic zones.