The head of the Tunisian National Office of Tourism Mr. Fouad Al-Wad has spoken of the arrival of 80 thousand Algerian holiday-makers in Tunisia for the last 10 days of the month of July, while the number of Algerians traveling to Tunisia since the beginning of the year, reached 1 million and 126 thousand and 870 tourists, that is a hike of 14.8 percent compared to last year, and categorically refuted by the same token rumors circulating on the alleged prevention of bearded men and veiled women from entering the Tunisian territory, stressing that there is no room for truth for this information.
The number of Algerian tourists heading to Tunisia has reached a record high this year compared to last year, despite groundless rumors that the Algerian veiled women and bearded Algerians are not allowed to enter the Tunisian border, Mr. Al-Wad said in an interview on Sunday, stressing that “the influx of tourists is quite positive, as all our hotels and guest houses are wide open to receive Algerians.
The representative of the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism says that the prices of accommodation and travel to Tunisia are free and unregulated because all the hotels in Tunisia are privately owned, which set the prices linked to supply and demand, but during the month of July they revolve between 35 thousand and 40 thousand dinars for land travelers, for a week’s stay, while a higher price is expected for passengers arriving in Tunisia by plane.
He also stressed that all hotels and tourist resorts and even guest houses are opened to welcome Algerians who arrive in this country, bringing to the fore in this respect the relevant agreements signed between the Algerian and Tunisian tourism agencies.
According to Mr. Fouad El-Wad, the Tunisian Government does not intervene in the setting of prices, but intervenes in upgrading services and monitors quality of such provision of services.
“The room cleaning hotel staff in Tunisia are subject to a professional training of more than two years,” he argued.
He also pointed to the steady participation of the Tunisian Tourism Office in all Algerian travel exhibitions in a bid to introduce its tourism programs and to highlight the enticing holiday opportunities available to customers.