The cruise ship “Amira” docked Thursday at the port of La Goulette, with 1, 090 passengers on board, including 664 tourists, mostly German.
Nearly 650 tourists have chosen to spend the day in the Medina of Tunis and visit some tourist sites, such as the suburbs of Sidi Bousaid and the artisanal souks of the capital, TAP reports
This cruise is the first since the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum in 2015 (20 dead, all cruise passengers). The “Amira” boat, departing from Malta, left La Goulette at 8 p.m. for Italy.
The Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts René Trabelsi welcomed the return of cruises, considering that the berthing of the cruise ship “Amira” at the port of La Goulette will boost tourist activity in the country, the same source said.
Trabelsi stressed that his ministry will work to strengthen the promotion of maritime tourism, particularly at the Seatrade Miami Global to be held in April 2020 in Miami (USA).
Our approach also aims to attract cruise tourism to the city of Zarzis, stressed the Minister, recalling that the average consumption of cruise passengers is estimated at 200 euros per day.
For his part, the financial and administrative director of the Tourist Village Port of La Goulette Wissem Bouchnek indicated in a statement to TAP that Tunisia will have to accommodate nearly 10 cruise ships in 2020.
“For 2021, our forecasts are for a recovery in the growth rate of cruise tourism recorded in 2010, a period during which Tunisia has been a privileged destination. Tunisia has welcomed nearly 900,000 tourists, an average of two cruise ships per week, he further said.