Mechichi announces September 26 of each year as National Rural Tourism Day

September 27, 2020

TAP) - Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi announced that September 26 of each year as the National Rural Tourism Day.

He added in a statement to the media on the fringes of a ceremony held on the occasion of the observance, on Saturday, of the World Tourism Day, that the government is seeking to diversify the tourism product to further support alternative tourism, such as rural tourism, and to anchor the principle of solidarity development, reiterating that the hotel industry and seaside tourism remain the backbone of the tourism sector in Tunisia.

Besides, Mechichi emphasised that the presence of rural cottages in regions which suffer from a development gap, can create a real dynamic within these areas and contribute to the creation of employment, especially for the benefit of women, and to boost the craft industry, especially since it is not seasonal tourism, but an activity which extends throughout the year.

He also recalled that the government has taken a number of decisions for the benefit of the tourism sector, which must be accelerated, indicating that the measures announced have not saved the tourist season following the development of the epidemiological situation caused by the Coronavirus, which has compelled the government to modify them each time.

The World Tourism Organisation has designated 2020 as the Year of Tourism and Rural Development. This Year is an opportunity to promote the potential of tourism to create jobs and opportunities.

The theme is shared with this year’s World Tourism Day. World Tourism Day, commemorated each year on 27 September, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the first World Tourism Day.

Tunisia is observing this day through the ecotourism destination of Tabarka/Ain Draham, naturally rich with sea, forests, archaeological sites, nature reserves and hot springs, thereby allowing the tourism sector to participate in the economic recovery.


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