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1999: A Record Year for Tunisian Tourism

by:
Mourad Teyeb 

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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 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 about Mourad Teyeb.)

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