Tourism in Algeria
Tourism in Algeria contributes only about 1 percent of Algeria's GDP. Algeria's tourist industry lags behind that of its neighbours Morocco and Tunisia. Algeria receives only about 200,000 tourists and visitors annually. Ethnic Algerian French citizens represent the largest group of tourists, followed by Tunisians. The modest level of tourism 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 are planning to build hotels, particularly along the Mediterranean coast. Another potential opportunity involves adventure holidays in the south. The Algerian government had set the goal of boosting the number of foreign visitors, including tourists, to 1.2 million by 2010. Algeria is also working on new target with the World Tourism Organisation. The number of foreign tourists to Algeria have increased 20% annually between 2000 and 2005, 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.
Main tourist attractions
- Cirta, the capital city of the Kingdom of Numidia
- Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad, the first capital of the Hammadid empire
- Belzma National Park
- Hammam Guergour
- Babors mountains
- The Tassili du Hoggar
- Hippone (so called Annaba)
- The Aurès
- Tebessa (antique Theveste)
- Kabylie coast
Sites inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO:
- Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad (1980)
- Djémila (1982)
- Kasbah of Algiers (1992)
- M'Zab Valley (1982)
- Timgad (1982)
- Tipasa (1982)
National Office of Statistics. 2004
- Roads 190,000 km
- Railway network : 14,500 km
- Railway stations 2,200
- Harbours 73
- 131 airports including 53 internationals connected with Air Algérie, Aigle Azur, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Tunis Air, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways.
- 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.
- [Global Travel Industry News - Algeria calls for investment in tourism]http://www.eturbonews.com/11091/algeria-calls-investment-tourism
- [AfrolNews Algeria hopes to reactivate tourism]http://www.afrol.com/News2003/alg002_tourism.htm
- [Tourism Conference of 2008]http://www.assisesdutourisme.dz/
- [International Seminar on Tourism Marketing Planning and Evaluation of Promotional]http://www.unwto.org/africa/activities/en/pdf/sumalgeria.pdf
-  http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/news/awi/newsbriefs/general/2006/11/01/newsbrief
- "U.S. State Department Warns Americans Against Travel to Algeria".
- [National Office of Statistics]http://www.ons.dz/IMG/pdf/file__Tourisme.pdf]
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