ONTT celebrates 40th anniversary of "Star Wars" shooting | Tunisia News Gazette

ONTT celebrates 40th anniversary of “Star Wars” shooting

Tunisia’s National Tourist Office (French: ONTT), on Saturday, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the shooting of the first part of Star Wars film, in several tourist sites in the governorate of Tozeur and more precisely in the region of Ong el Jmal that still keeps the decor of that film.

ONTT festivals and events manager Zied Chargui said the festivities include a parade of costumes of the film’s characters and weapons used. That parade toured the main avenue of the city until the ancient city, passing by the Independence Square.

Several tourists and fans of the film took part in the parade, which was organised in coordination with about twenty people among fans of the film in Germany.

“At the same time, promotional short videos have been shot in the region and will be broadcast on electronic sites and social networks, in order to publicise the region and more precisely the site of Ong El Jmal,” he said, adding that office intends to take this opportunity to promote the governorate of Tozeur as a tourist destination.

In the same framework, regional delegate of tourism in Tozeur, Anouar Chetoui pointed to the tourist dynamics that the region experienced during the first three months of the year, marked by an increase in the number of tourists and the volume of reservations.

The number of tourists residing in hotel units in Tozeur has increased by 107%, from January to March 2017, compared with the same period of 2016.

Similarly, the official noted the return of traditional markets, particularly French and Belgian, in addition to the dynamics observed in the new markets, namely China and Russia.

Source: TAP News Agency

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