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More growth of tourism sector expected in 2018 according to Tourism Minister

Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi expects the sector to grow in the coming year, especially after the lifting of the travel ban by several countries including Great Britain, in addition to the schedule of the Tunisia destination by major tour operators.

Answering on Wednesday to the interventions of the deputies during a plenary session devoted to the examination of the budget of her department for the year 2018, the minister reviewed several indicators recorded in 2017, in particular the number of visitors who reached 6 million 112 thousand tourists, an increase of 24% compared to the same period of 2016.

Elloumi explained this rise by the development of the European market of 19.3%, and especially the traditional markets like France (527 thousand tourists), an increase of 47%, Russia (513 thousand tourists).

The number of German tourists grew by 42% and British by 19%.

The number of overnight stays has increased by 23% while the sector’s revenues have increased by 3%.

The minister also referred to the development of the Maghreb market (+ 32%), led by the Algerian market which achieved 2 million 100 thousand tourists, followed by Libya (1 million 176 thousand tourists).

As regards handicrafts, the minister emphasised the social role of the sector which provides income to 30 thousand artisans, besides its economic role with an export volume of 45 million dinars, an increase of 5.4%.

The number of operational craft villages has reached 9 with 181 spaces and providing 543 jobs.

Source: TAP News Agency

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