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Frédéric Lefebvre: French tourists are eager to see new Tunisia

Published the:  02/03/2011

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March. 2, 2011 - TAP - "The Tunisian Revolution has made of Tunisia a pioneer nation, and French people are observing this situation with admiration", French Secretary of State in charge of Tourism Frédéric Lefebvre said.
Speaking at a news conference held on Wednesday in Tunis, the French official, who is on an official visit heading an important delegation of professionals and journalists specialised in tourism, said his Department already contributes, in co-operation with Tunisian competent authorities, to launch communication campaigns targeting millions of French people who are eager to see "the true image of this new Tunisia."
"We expressed our commitment to ensuring all means to help recover Tunisian tourism, especially as the country is the first destination for French tourists outside Europe," said Mr. Lefebvre.
He added that the current situation does not encourage price slashing on Tunisia which "is not a destination at high risk," as reflected, he said, in the lifting of all restrictions on coastal areas for French tourists.
According to Trade and Tourism Minister Mehdi Houas, the visit of the French Secretary of State in charge of Tourism along with tourism professionals is an answer to those who try to take advantage of the situation to undercut prices.
He said that the revival of the sector depends on strengthening the foundations of effective partnership in matters of communication.
"The image that used to be conveyed of Tunisia was a disguised one and it is no longer the case today," the Minister said.
The two sides said the joint working groups, which were set up, will look at ways to foster ties, particularly in matters of tourism training and initiate an exchange of know-how, particularly in matters of handicrafts development.