The 20th century ended in a blaze of glory for Tunisian tourism which
recorded new heights on various levels. Figures for 1999 exceeded even the most optimistic of all expectations.
In December, despite last-minute cancellations because of the
Y2K-bug scare, which proved to be utterly unfounded, tourism entries and overnight stays
witnessed a slight increase.
In the last week of the month clone, overnight
stays rose by 13.8% reaching 729,569 compared to 641,151 during the came
period in 1998. By the end of the year, total overnight stays, which are the principal
indicator of the health condition of Tunisian tourism, exceeded the 35.323
million mark, increasing by 14.047% over their 1998 level of 30.972,673 million.
Other indicators are just as positive even though it is way ton early to
present any final figures. The number of entries by foreign non-residents,
for example, was 4,562,153 from January 1 through November 30, 1999, compared to 4,357,998 during the same period in 1998. Hard currency receipts
generated from the tourism sector followed a similar upward trend.
One of the most significant outcomes of the meetings was an agreement to
create a joint tourism investment company that would bring together professionals from both countries who will be in charge of identifying
tourism investment opportunities in Tunisia as well as in Libya.
In addition, the two parties convened to boost tourism
exchanges, particularly through the organization of tourist and cultural events and the
promotion of youth tourism.
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||Mourad Teyeb holds
degrees in English and Literature, Educational Psychology, and
Computer Science. Fluent in English, French, Arabic, German,
and Italian. Mourad's, Mourad trained with the African Center for
the Training and with Recycling of Journalists, Tunisian
Papers and Magazines. In additional to journalism, Mourad has
also had travel agent tour operating training. (More
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