Tourism: 4.1 million tourists have visited Tunisia until September 10, 2022

September 13, 2022

TAP) - About 4.1 million tourists visited Tunisia until September 10, 2022, an increase of 161.4% compared to 2021 and with a gap of -38.1%, compared to 2019, announced Monday in a press conference in Sidi Bousaid, Minister of Tourism, Mohamed Moez Belhassine.

According to the minister, the tourist receipts amounted to 2,662.7 million dinars until August 31, 2022, a jump of 82% compared to 2021 and a gap of -29.4% compared to 2019. These revenues were around 819 million euros and 876 million dollars.

The number of tourist nights spent in Tunisia has progressed by 148.2%, to 12 729 652 nights, until August 31, 2022, compared to 2021 and with a gap of -39.4% compared to 2019.

Stressing that the tourist sector remains a vital sector in spite of the difficulties it faces, the minister has indicated that the loss of earnings of the sector due to the coronavirus crisis amounts to 9 billion dinars.

He said that an action plan has been put in place by the government to promote the recovery of tourism activity, saying that the objective for 2022 is to recover 50 to 60% of the level of activity in 2019. 'This objective has been reached and even exceeded in some regions'.

The minister has also underlined the return of cruises in Tunisia, stating that 29 cruises have been welcomed until August 31, 2022, with 28,050 tourists on board. 14 other cruises are scheduled by the end of December, which will bring the number of cruises to 43 for the whole year.

In addition, 50 cruises are scheduled for 2023, a number that could increase further, Belhassine announced.
Regarding the handicrafts sector, the Minister said that 1988 artisans and 47 craft enterprises have been registered at the end of August 2022, with an estimated 3500 artisans and 70 companies for the whole year 2022.

/ / Crafts: exports of 86 million dinars to end August 2022

The volume of exports of the handicrafts sector is to reach 86 million dinars by the end of August 2022, an evolution of 49.5% compared to 2021 and with an estimate of 95 million dinars for the whole year 2022.

Also according to the Minister, an action plan has been established by the Ministry to promote the craft sector. It revolves around facilitating access to credit, modernising the business climate through the digitalisation of administrative services and export and import procedures and strengthening digital trade through the establishment of 24 marketing platforms to target all governorates.

The Minister also said that a study whose cost is about 300 thousand dinars, is being developed for the revision of the system of craft villages for better organisation and performance of these villages.

The Ministry of Tourism is working on the establishment of digital mapping of the Tunisian handicrafts 'ATLAS' which aims to enhance the material heritage of the country and the creation of a virtual resource centre.

It is also deployed to improve the quality of the Tunisian handicrafts through the creation of a single quality label, which will promote a culture of quality within the sector, the development of two specifications for the sectors of pottery and esparto, the fight against parallel trade, and the encouragement of young artisans through the granting of the national prize for young artisans.

//Action plan for the revival of the tourist sector

The minister has stressed that a strategy has been put in place for the revival of tourism during the period 2022-2024. It aims at favouring the recovery of tourist activity in the short term, restructuring the sector in order to guarantee the conditions of a solid recovery in the medium term and innovating in order to seize the opportunities which arise and to open new horizons in the long term.

The strategy aims at reaching 50 to 60% of the rhythm of the tourist activity recorded in 2019, at the end of 2022 and 80% of the indicators of 2019, in 2023.
It foresees a return to normal tourism dynamics in 2024, provided that all the necessary means are gathered for the diversification of the offer and its adaptation to the requirements after the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Strategy of Tourism by 2035 will soon be announced, he said, affirming that it will put the accent on sustainable tourism, the diversification of the national tourist offer and the development of the regional assets and heritages.

//An investment dynamic despite the pandemic

Belhassine pointed out that a dynamic has been noted in the field of tourist investment. Thus, the first quarter of 2022 has recorded investment intentions of about 495 million dinars. Several large international brands still have confidence in Tunisia, despite the repercussions of the pandemic, which will make it possible to generate added value and promote Tunisian tourism.

On another level, the minister has declared that 7, 323 control operations have been carried out within the tourist establishments at the end of August 2022, and 214 decisions have been taken, including 50 decisions of closure (hotels and travel agencies)


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