Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“Tunisia will remain the most attractive and flagship destination for the Algerians in the twenty years to come,” President of the National Union of Algerian Travel Agencies (SNAV) Said Boukhelifa said Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference held Saturday in Tunis as part of a working visit by a delegation of SNAV and Algerian journalists to the tourist resorts of Yasmine Hammamet, Sousse and Monastir to see firsthand the reception and stay conditions of Algerian tourists in Tunisia, he added that Algerian tourists spend their stay pleasantly and in good conditions.

Referring to the smear campaign against the Tunisian destination in some Algerian mainstream and social media, he said that the incident occurred, in particular, when Algerian operators made reservations in an anarchic way for Algerian families without confirmation of two Tunisian hotels (Djerba and Sousse).

This is a “storm in a teacup”, he said, noting that sanctions would be taken against these Algerian operators, which are rather business offices that lack professionalism.

In this regard, the official called on Algerian tourists to go directly to Tunisian travel agencies or Algerian travel agencies to plan and organise their stays in Tunisia.

Boukhelifa also pointed out that the number of Algerian tourists in Tunisia continues to grow and would reach 2.2 million by the end of 2018.

Meetings with Tunisian tourism officials will be scheduled in autumn to take stock of the summer season and prepare from now as best as possible for the 2019 season, to avoid the reappearance of some problems encountered during this season, he said.

For his part, President of the Tunisian Federation of Hotels (FTH) Khaled Fakhfakh said the Algerian market remains an important market for Tunisian tourism and contributed to its revival.

The Algerian, Russian and French markets are the most important markets in terms of the number of nights spent in Tunisian hotels, he said, stressing the need to co-ordinate efforts between Tunisian and Algerian tourism professionals to prepare the next season.

The number of Algerian tourists who visited Tunisia has increased by 17.7% until July 20 to 1.280 million visitors, said president of the Tunisian Federation of Travel Agencies and Tourism (FTAV), Jabeur Ben Attouch.