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World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supporting tourism development in Algeria

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supporting tourism development in Algeria ( UNWTO supports Algeria’s tourism sector as a contributor to the countries’ socio-economic development. Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli delivered an opening speech at the First National and International Tourism Conference held in the Algerian capital (11-12 February) and opened by Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem. During his visit, Mr. Frangialli met the UN officials based in Algiers. He paid his respects to the 17 UN employees and other victims killed in two car bombings against the UN office and a court building in Algeria's capital in December 2007. As part of the United Nations family, UNWTO is committed to being a strong partner to Algeria along the road to greater prosperity for all Algerians. Algerian tourism prospects According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, Algeria has experienced good results as an international tourism destination. This development coincides with the good performance of North Africa in 2007 (+9%), which grew slightly above Subsaharan Africa (+8%), primarily due to Morocco’s 14% rise. In 2007 international tourism grew at 6%, reaching almost 900 million arrivals. In general, a continued healthy performance reflects the concerted efforts of both government and the private sector to develop infrastructure, focus on market and product diversification. Future expectations are also positive for Algeria, as the country is investing in new products and opening up access to new markets.

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