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''Grow Together'' programme: 10 sustainable tourism entrepreneurs receive prizes

September 27, 2022

(TAP) - Ten entrepreneurs who participated in the contest of the entrepreneurial programme dedicated to businesses, startups and associations active in sustainable tourism 'Grow Together', on Monday, received prizes ranging from €4,000 to €8,000, or an overall amount of €52,000.

The competition is part of the accompaniment component of the 'Grow Together' programme, supported by the project 'Promotion of Sustainable Tourism in Tunisia,' project manager Hela Ben Yahmed said at a workshop on “Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Tourism” held in Tunis.

This is a joint action of the European Union under its 'Tounes Wijhetouna' programme and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism.

Since June 2021, the accompaniment component of the “Grow Together” programme has provided support to 48 project holders selected from 160 applicants, Ben Yahmed added.

The support component focused on consolidating participants’ skills as well as increasing networking and support to boost innovative cooperation between project holders.

The goal is to have companies which are more visible and more present online, improved business models and increased turnover.

Therefore, 90 training sessions were held for 627 participants in addition to 50 one-on-one coaching sessions.

Thanks to the 'Grow Together' programme, six new alternative tourism services were launched and five partnership agreements were signed and implemented.

Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Mohamed Moez Belhassine stressed that the 'Grow Together' project is fits into the strategic orientations of the Tunisian Tourism Development Strategy by 2035.

This new strategy will be based on 3 main axes namely: sustainability, diversification and digitalization, the minister pointed out.

“Our goal is to encourage young people and SMEs to shift to the development of a new product through new ideas so as to boost tourism business and unleash an economic dynamics in the regions and generate jobs,” the minister pointed out.

The Tourism Ministry got involved in several projects to ensure a more sustainable vision of the tourism sector and consolidate the role of tourism as a vector for opening up and inclusive development of the interior regions across the country.

Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the German Embassy in Tunis Fritz Jung underlined that the 'Grow Together' initiative seeks to increase the contribution of tourism to the creation of jobs and income as well as promote sustainable tourism which preserves nature and biodiversity.

Tourism should remain competitive so as to adapt to the new needs of travelers and diversify its products knowing that Tunisia has a great tourist potential which is little known, he said.

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