22 January 2013

Tunisian Tourism - Professional Federations in Paris to Reconquer French Market

Tunis — Executives of Tunisian tourism federations are paying on January 22-24 2013, a professional visit in France in an attempt to reconquer the French market, tourist provider for Tunisia, according to these federations.

The Presidents of the Tunisian Hotels Federations (FTH) and Travel Agencies (FTAV) Mohamed Belajouza and Mohamed Ali Toumi visited Paris to re-assure travel organisers in France and attempt to relaunch bookings towards Tunisia," according to a joint statement.

This visit comes after the drop of "the French tourist booking for Tunisia and the multiple cancellation registered these latest months."

The visit includes meetings with the President of the French Tour Operators Association (Ceto) René-Marc Chikli, the President of the French Travel Agencies' (SNAV) Georges Colson and the executives of the Tunisian tour-operators in the French market.

Talks are also scheduled with officials of French and international tour operators, representatives of Tunisair and Tunisian National Tourism Board (ONTT) in Paris as well as the French media representatives.

With more than 800,000 tourists until September 2012, France is topping the rank of tourist-provider countries towards Tunisia against one million before the Revolution.

Tunisian tourism has suffered enormously since the Revolution of December 17, 2010-January 14, 2011 despite the resumption recorded in 2012.

According to the statement, "the national and international juncture which affected the booking levels raises concern on a disastrous 2013 tourist year which will impact the sector and all the Tunisian economy."

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