Tourism professionals call for opening land borders with Algeria

June 11, 2022

TAP) - Tourism professionals called Friday in Hammamet, the need to find a solution to the closure of land borders with Algeria to facilitate the entry of Algerian tourists in Tunisia.

At a meeting-debate on the theme 'Algerian tourism in Tunisia: what prospects for the 2022 season?', held by the organisation of tourism promotion 'Tourism Labs 24', in partnership with Destination, President of this organisation, Hedi Hamdi told TAP that the closure of the Tunisian-Algerian borders predicts that the results will not be very encouraging, pointing out that out of the nine million foreign tourists who visited Tunisia in 2019, three million were Algerians.

Participants in this meeting stressed that Tunisia is ready to welcome Algerians, citing competitive tourism offers. According to them, the Tunisian carrier Tunisair is prepared to increase the number of flights from Algeria to Tunisia.

President of the Tunisian Federation of Hotels (FTH), Dorra Miled has stressed the importance of the Algerian market which represents 3 million tourists, highlighting the impacts of their absence for 2 years, because of the ongoing closure of land borders.

She stressed the need for the intervention of authorities to reopen, before the start of the peak season, land border crossings between Tunisia and Algeria, the main gateway to Algerian tourists (93%).

She added that despite the start of the season, professionals in the sector are still waiting for a decision to reopen and believe to see a successful season, after two years of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The official noted in this context the possible recovery of the sector and the achievement of 50% of the results of the year 2019.

For his part, Head of the Regional Sections of Travel Agencies 'FRAV', Sobhi Saidi said that the exit of the tourism sector from this crisis due to the pandemic, remains dependent on the influx of Algerian tourists and the reopening of borders.

He said that about 300 Tunisian travel agencies operating in the Algerian market have prepared the tourist season, made reservations for this market and concluded agreements with hotels, ahead of the return of Algerians.

He added that travel agencies are in constant contact with their Algerian counterparts who are waiting in turn for the reopening of borders.

Central Director of Promotion at the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT), Lotfi Mani, stressed that the decision to reopen the borders is a sovereign Algerian decision that must be respected and has no impact on Tunisian-Algerian relations.

The return of Algerian tourists, whose number is estimated at 1.7 million per year, will help boost the tourism dynamic in the country.

He also recalled the importance of domestic tourism which has become a pillar of the success of the tourist season.


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