Improvements to Infrastructure in Algeria Support its Business Tourism, States Timetric11 Sep 2012 • by Natalie Aster
Algeria has large-scale tourism potential, however, the industry remains neglected and underdeveloped. The country is a vibrant mix of tradition and modernity, attracting 677,441 tourists in 2011, many of which came from African and Europe. The primary reasons for visiting the country were leisure and business. With the government expected to implement initiatives to improve the country’s underdeveloped sector, tourism is expected to grow over the forecast period (2012–2016).
A national tourism development plan, Schema Directeur d’Amenagement Touristique (SDAT), was launched by the government in 2008. Through the SDAT, which divides Southern Algeria into four regional tourism centres – Timimoun, Ghardaia, Tamanrasset and Djanet – the Algerian government has made tourism a priority growth driver. Six tourism villages are expected to be built under the plan, the fist of which will be the Ksar Massine project in Timimoun. The Ministry of Environment has facilitated access to land, in order to increase investments in the country. In 2009, GESTOUR, a tourism and hotel management company organized the modernization of nine Saharan hotels, which are state-owned. Club d’Aventure Africaines sponsored hot air balloon tours and the rehabilitation of the Oasis loop, a circuit tour, are the other projects in pipeline.
According to the report “Travel and Tourism in Algeria: Key Trends and Opportunities to 2016” by Timetric, improvements to infrastructure are providing support to business tourism in Algeria. The convention centre in Oran is an example of the country’s improving infrastructure. Large-scale projects due to commence include: 24 Novotel and Ibis hotels developed by Sieha, a joint venture between Algeria’s Mehri Group and France’s Accor. The project is estimated to cost US$277.1 million. In 2009, the Ibis Algiers Airport opened, which is located in the business district of Bab Ezzouar.
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Despite improvements to security, countries such as the US, Canada and some EU nations continue to issue advise to their citizens to be cautious while travelling to Algeria. The Algerian government is attempting to send out a positive message by making efforts to improve security measures, especially in the southern desert. A new police unit with 1,000 personnel was formed in 2009 to operate at tourist sites across the country. Under its Saharan tourism promotion plan the government is promoting adventure tours, which are expected to diversify tourist’s options and shift the focus from sun and beach holidays.
More information can be found in the report “Travel and Tourism in Algeria: Key Trends and Opportunities to 2016” by Timetric.
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