Tourism in Algeria

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Tourism in Algeria contributes only about 1 percent of Algeria's GDP.[1] Algeria's tourist industry lags behind that of its neighbours[2] Morocco and Tunisia. Algeria receives only about 200,000 tourists and visitors annually.[1] Ethnic Algerian French citizens represent the largest group of tourists, followed by Tunisians.[1] The modest level of tourism[3] is attributable to a combination of poor hotel accommodations, the perceived risk of terrorism, and antiquated, Soviet-style visa requirements. However, the government has adopted a plan known as "Horizon 2025", which is designed to address the lack of infrastructure. Various hotel operators[4] are planning to build hotels, particularly along the Mediterranean coast.[1] Another potential opportunity involves adventure holidays in the south.[1] The Algerian government had set the goal of boosting the number of foreign visitors, including tourists, to 1.2 million by 2010.[1] Algeria is also working on new target with the World Tourism Organisation.[5] The number of foreign tourists to Algeria have increased 20% annually between 2000 and 2005,[6] Tourism Minister Noureddine Moussa said Monday (30 October) at a conference with the sector's executives. Over 140 building permits in the tourism sector have been granted by the ministry since November 2005 to nationals who want to invest in tourism infrastructures.

On 13 December 2016, the US updated its travel warning to Algeria. The U.S. state department warns American citizens from travelling to southern areas and border region with Tunisia.[7]

Main tourist attractions[edit]

Sites inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO:

accommodation by category
6°category (none) 5°category(*) 4°category(**) 3°category(***) 2°category(****) 1°category(*****) Total
1,057 851 42 62 67- 22 13
Accommodation by category and capacity
6°category(none) 5°category(*) 4°category(**) 3°category(***) 2°category(****) 1°category(*****) Total
4,590 3,383 14,857 5,415 2,315 51,474 82,034
Accommodation by area
urban Sea-side Saharien Thermal Climatic Total
48,680 21,710 4,431 5,742 1,411 82,034

National Office of Statistics.[8] 2004

Various information[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Algeria country profile, p. 13. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (May 1, 2006).  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ [Global Travel Industry News - Algeria calls for investment in tourism]
  3. ^ [AfrolNews Algeria hopes to reactivate tourism]
  4. ^ [Tourism Conference of 2008]
  5. ^ [International Seminar on Tourism Marketing Planning and Evaluation of Promotional]
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "U.S. State Department Warns Americans Against Travel to Algeria". 
  8. ^ [National Office of Statistics]]

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