Hilton, Accor to carry on operations in Tunisia

16 Jun 2011

(MENAFN) Tunisia’s Trade and Tourism Minister, Mehdi Houas, said that both Hilton Worldwide and Accor consented to carry on operations in the country, after they were postponed due to the political unrest there, reported Arab News.

Houas added that during the mass protests, Accor closed two hotels in Tunisia and it would reopen them since the political upheaval to some extent ended.

He also said that the revolution drove away tourists and cut revenues by almost half to USD1.3 billion, moreover, this year, tourist numbers would be forecasted to drop to 3.5 million, compared with 7 million tourists last year that together brought USD2.55 billion in revenues.

It is worth noting that Tunisia signed cooperation agreements on marketing with tourism ministries in France, Spain and Italy that normally send hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

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