Tunisia is moving away from mass tourism for more than

Tunisia has long been a choice for mass tourism and attracts fewer and fewer foreign travelers due to the current political and economic instability. But in recent years, the structures that have opened have been smaller in size and of a higher standard: the craze for guest houses is noticeable there, with national tourists in the lead.

as reported from Tunis, Amira Souilem

Zoubeïr Mouhli shows off his new construction site, with stars in his eyes: “So this is a 17th century palace in the heart of the medina of Tunis that will be transformed into a guest house. We will play on quality, historical sites, places with character because all this is aimed at customers who are quite hungry for culture, the architect explains.

This old but proud building will undergo a makeover. The project should last for at least three years. “The project strives to maintain this physiognomy, to create a new organization that both preserves the past, but which provides a new register for the reuse of the building, a contemporary register and it is a very exciting exercise,” says Zoubeïr Mouhli. .

A total of nine suites, a rooftop pool and even a grand piano to accommodate collectibles.

The Tunis medina would now have about twenty accommodations of this type. “There are four families who have started a family project and sixteen investors who have come to buy in the medina to plan,” he continues. What is also good is that 90% of these investors are Tunisians.

Many intimate accommodations, designed for the Tunisians themselves. Like this palace, about twenty other old buildings get a facelift to accommodate travelers looking for more intimate accommodation.

Enough to double the supply of this type in the old town of Tunis. This alternative tourism that is slowly taking place in Tunisia would be one of the consequences of the 2011 revolution, to have the Tunisians themselves as an audience, while tourism until now was turned to Europeans.

This was explained by Amel Djait, himself the owner of a rural gîte in the Hammamet region and a former adviser to the Ministry of Tourism after the Jasmine Revolution.

The classic hotel offer has so far mainly been aimed at Europeans. And it is in fact at the same time as hotels have begun to adapt their offerings to Tunisians and set up quotas. Today, local tourism exceeds 20% of Tunisian tourism. And then the guesthouses started to open up everywhere. Whether at beach level, etc. But the Tunisian himself, in this post-revolutionary process, began to rediscover a passion for his own country. We see the arrival of restaurants, producers of local products, we see the arrival of young people to the regions that open lodges and organize day trips or even stays. There are many events in the regions as well. It is this re-allocation that has made it possible today to experience a very special expansion in Tunisia.

In Tunisia, “local tourism today exceeds 20% of national tourism”, explains Amel Djait, owner of rural housing

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