Towards creation of direct air link between Sardinia and Tabarka | Tunisia News Gazette

Towards creation of direct air link between Sardinia and Tabarka

The creation of a direct air link between Sardinia and Tabarka by an Italian air company was at heart of a meeting Thursday between Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Salma Elloumi Rekik and a delegation of Italian businessmen from the Sardinian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in the presence of Italy’s Ambassador to Tunisia and the President of the Chamber of Exporters.

The Sardinia-Tabarka air link could be created in the upcoming weeks after the Transport Ministry’s approval, Director-General of International Co-operation at the Tourism and Handicrafts Ministry Mona Mathlouthi Ghliss told TAP.

“The goal is to foster partnership relations between South European countries and North African countries as the Algerians will also make the most of this air link, and to promote tourism and trade flows between the two shores of the Mediterranean, she added.

According to the same source, the Italian businessmen affirmed willingness to promote investments in the Tabarka region, known by the diversity of its tourit product (cultural, ecological and seaside).

According to President of the Chamber of Exporters Rafik Ben Jeddou, the Sardiania-Tabarka link will first be serviced by thirty-seat airplanes pending the increase of the passengers’ number.

He pointed out that another project is scheduled as part of this partnership and consists in attracting Chinese tourists visiting Sardinia, to the Tunisian destination through this line.

Ben Jeddou estimated that this trade and tourist co-operation will contribute to the development of investments in Tabarka, stating that an Italian businessman is waiting for the completion of customs procedures to launch three production units of nougat, chocolate and ice cream in Tabarka.

This 5-million-Tunisian-dinar project will initially generate 30 jobs, ahead of 130 jobs after two years of activity, the same source pointed out, underlining that the Italian businessman has sofar received 2,700 job applications.

Source: TAP News Agency

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