The Embassy of Tunisia and Visit Maghreb, a Tunisia-based DMC, held a special ‘meet and greet’ session with the travel trade in New Delhi to showcase its offerings.
Boujdaria Jamel, Deputy Chief of Mission, First Counsellor, Embassy of Tunisia, and Anouar Hachemane, Co-Founder, spoke about the tourism potential of Tunisia and its popular attractions. Jamel said, “We wanted to make the stakeholders to be aware of the offerings of Tunisia and attractions in the country. From October 2017, Indians travelling to Tunisia have been exempted from a visa. Also, it is very easy to reach Tunisia via various destinations around Europe. From all the European capital cities, Tunisia is only one and a half to two hours away. With Turkish Airlines offering great connectivity to Tunisia, 75 per cent of Indians use the airline to fly to Tunisia. Besides, travellers can also fly Emirates, Alitalia and even Lufthansa to Tunisia, from the respective hubs of the airlines.”
Claiming that tourism is the primary source of income in Tunisia, Jamel claimed, “By the end of 2017, Tunisia received 7.4 million of tourists, of which Indian tourists make for a bare minimum, despite an increase in Chinese tourists to the country. Since the numbers from India are not that great, we want to promote Tunisia as a new destination, both for leisure as well as MiCE tourism, as it has everything from heritage, culture, beach, desert, golf as well as wellness.”
Hachemane also shared a few itinerary options for Indian travellers. Talking about India as a market, he said, “We have learnt a lot from the Indian market to train our teams at Maghreb, especially on how to behave with Indian customers. We wanted to present all the destinations that Indians can visit. Tunisia is not only a perfect destination for all kinds of tourists but also one which offers a wide range of hotels at economical prices — large resorts, luxury and boutique hotels for all sectors.”
In his presentation, Hachemane shared, “Tunisia has a diverse range of tourist experiences— right from Mediterranean beach and water activities, to Sahara Desert and oasis experience, as well as several UNESCO Heritage sites. Another highlight is the unique Thalassotherapy at any of the coastal resorts.”
- Visit Maghreb’s presence in India makes it easy for the country to create itineraries and activities best suited for Indian travellers
- The agency can also provide training and information about Tunisia