Tunisia wins £25,000 taxi advertising boost in WTM LONDON prize draw

The Tunisian National Tourist Office has won £25,000 worth of advertising with electric taxi company Sherbet London via a business card prize draw at WTM London 2019, TaxiPoint reports. “It’s a brilliant opportunity to advertise the destination of Tunisia across London and a great way to make a positive impact in reducing London’s toxic pollution,” said Moncef Battikh, Head of Promotions at the Tourist Office. Asher Moses, Chief Executive of Sherbet London, added: “We look forward to working with the Tunisian National Tourist Office on our upcoming campaign. “We are…

MSC Cruises seals joint venture deal for Tunisian port operator

A joint venture involving MSC Cruises has finalised the takeover of the operator of the cruise port for Tunis, Travel Weekly reported. The European cruise line teamed up with independent cruise ports owner Global Ports Holding last year to bid to run La Goulette, the same source said. The deal to acquire Goulette Shipping Cruise, the company that runs the cruise terminal at the Tunisian port, has now been completed for an undisclosed sum. The concession to operate the cruise port was awarded to Goulette Shipping Cruise in 2006 on a 30-year basis,…

53 illegal refugees rescued off Kerkennah Islands

The Tunisian Navy has rescued 53 illegal refugees on Saturday who were bound to go to the Italian coast, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The rescue operation took place 60 km northeast off Kerkennah Islands (coast of El Attayaà) in the Sfax governorate as their boat broke down the same source noted. The Ministry added that the refugees were aged between 16 and 30 and they took off on Friday night from Mahdia coast. TunisianMonitorOnline

Over 9.4 million tourists visit Tunisia in 2019

Over 9.4 million tourists visited Tunisia in 2019 with an increase of 13.6 %, the Tourism Ministry said on Friday. The European visitors to Tunisia registered a leap of 15.9 % while Tunisian expatriates who came to visit the country posted a rise of 4.8 %, the Ministry reported. Chinese visitors to the country in early 2019 jumped by 7.3 % since the early 2018, the revenue of tourism has hit USD1.95 billion, i.e a yearly expansion of 35.7 %. TunisianMonitorOnline

Tunisia officially non-permanent member of UN Security Council

Tunisia, on Wednesday, is officially a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 period, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The Ministry revealed that Tunisia has a set of priorities and strategic options as part of its non-permanent membership in the Security Council. These priorities focused on issues of conflict prevention and peaceful settlement so as to strengthen sustainable peace, boost the participation of women and youth in these efforts, and combat terrorism. This is besides increasing the effectiveness of United Nations peacekeeping operations,…

British holidaymakers told to have plastic-free holidays in Tunisia in 2020

According to the environmental organisation WWF, nearly 600,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea every year. British holidaymakers are being encouraged to take plastic-free package holidays in Tunisia this year after the two countries signed an agreement on cutting tourist waste, inews reports. Tourists will be banned from using disposable plastic cups and cutlery in hotels by the end of March, while plastic drinking straws were phased out at the end of the year. Other measures under the new sustainable tourism charter include tour operators supporting recycling at hotels and encouraging Britons…

Tunisia plans to issue up to 800 million euros of bonds in 2020

Tunisia needs around 8.5 billion Tunisian dinars ($2.96 billion) in external financing in 2020 and plans to issue bonds up to 800 million euros ($874.24 million) of debt, a senior official told Reuters. “Initially, there is a plan to ask parliament for approval to issue bonds worth up to 800 million euros next year,” the official said. It was too early to determine the timing and exact value of the bonds, the official added. In July Tunisia has sold a seven-year, euro-denominated bond worth 700 million euros at an interest…

ISESCO document on digital culture proposes to create search engine for Islamic world

The ISESCO Guidance Document on “Digital Culture: Opportunities and Challenges”, adopted by the 11th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, which was hosted by Tunisia on December 17 and 18 this year, proposed the creation of an electronic search engine for the Islamic world, to highlight its cultural production and information materials, and facilitate its circulation at the global level and within the specialized departments. The document deals with three axes, the first of which is the definition of digital culture and its history, the second is the challenges and prospects…

Tunisia is a booming tourist hot spot for Russians on a budget

From January to November 2019, approximately 632,000 Russian holidaymakers have visited Tunisia. About 3000 are expected to do so before the end of December. This is a 5% increase in numbers from last year, eturbonews reports. According to the head of the Tunisian national tourism office, approximately 9 million foreign citizens will have arrived in Tunisia by the end of the year. Russia ranks second in the number of citizens visiting Tunisia. France comes first. Germany comes third, the same source said. Typically, the Russians go on holiday to Tunisia for…

IHG plans Tunisia debut and Egypt expansion amid recovery of tourism sector

The global hotel group is scheduled to add 48 properties to its Mena portfolio over the next three to five years Intercontinental Hotels Group, the owner of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn chains, is weighing opportunities to enter Tunisia and further expand in Egypt as tourism in Tunisia recovers, the National reports. Talks are underway to rebrand some of the local hotels in Tunisia to its Indigo, Holiday Inn and Intercontinental brands, though no timeline is set for the company’s debut, Matthew Tripolone, IHG vice president of development in the…