Tunisia: 600 tourism professionals will participate in the congress of the French group Selectour in Hammamet

Tunis / Tunisia – Around 600 tourism professionals have confirmed their participation in the 11th annual congress of the “Selectour” group, which will be held from December 2 to 5, 2021 in Hammamet, said the president of the Selectour network, Laurent Abitbol during a conference press release Tuesday. in Hammamet.

The organization of the congress of the first network of travel agencies in France Selectour confirms confidence in the tourist destination, the official told TAP, adding that the French like to enjoy the beach, the sun and Tunisian cuisine. ..

He said the 11th Selectour Congress is of great importance to its members, as it will review the group’s preparations for the post-COVID-19 period, in addition to new methods of treating health issues, promoting and sales of tourist destinations. , he added.

Celebrating its 50 years, the network will seek to define its future strategies for the next 50 years, which are based on the resumption of work and the move upmarket of the network on a global scale to allow it to become one of the largest resellers. in the world, not just in France.

Abitbol stressed that Tunisia is one of the favorite destinations for French tourists, adding that the success of the tourist season and the continued influx of French tourists require a strong national carrier to facilitate the transport of tourists and ensure significant financial returns. .

He also underlined the need for state intervention to help the national company Tunisair in the acquisition of new planes, especially since investments in air transport allow significant foreign exchange inflows.

“Invest in air transport and we will bring tourists to Tunisia,” Abitbol said.

The president of Selectour said he was confident of achieving an exceptional tourist season in the summer of 2022, adding that the possible negative impact of COVID-19 and the emergence of the new mutant “Omicron”, is a global problem that does not concern not just Tunisia.

He added that the progress of vaccinations in Europe and Tunisia gives hope to all tourism and travel professionals in tourism and travel to the tourist destination Tunisia.

Regarding the new ‘Omicron’ mutant and the fifth wave of COVID-19, he noted, “We don’t know much about this new mutant, its impact, and the health measures it will require.”

“We must wait and not be pessimistic and at the same time continue to work and travel,” he added.

He noted that Europe has decided not to close its borders, unlike some countries which have taken the decision to close borders out of fear.

Despite a drop in bookings in recent days, he said it was only a cyclical, not a structural issue and the pace of bookings would return to increase within a week.

For his part, the central director of promotion at the Tunisian National Tourism Office (ONTT), Lotfi Mani said that the organization of this conference in Hammamet is a message of optimism for all tourism operators.

He expressed the hope of a recovery during the next tourist season, in particular in view of the increase in the number of reservations, concurrently with the advance of vaccinations in Tunisia and in Europe.

He stressed that Tunisia has also taken the necessary preventive health measures at the air, sea and land borders.

The French “Selectour” network has around 548 members representing 1,147 travel agencies in France which provide around 5,000 jobs.

The network was strengthened three years ago with the membership of the “Aves Travels” group, bringing its turnover to 6 billion euros, approximately 19.5 billion dinars and its transactions with Air France to 940. millions of euros.

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