Tourism minister, Tunisian counterpart discuss cooperation

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Fayez met on Tuesday November 17, 2021, with his Tunisian counterpart Mohamed Moez Belhassine to discuss means to increase cooperation in the tourism field. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Fayez discussed, on Tuesday, with his Tunisian counterpart Mohamed Moez Belhassine means to bolster cooperation in the tourism field and expand tourism exchange, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a teleconference with the Jordanian-Tunisian Joint Sectoral Tourism Committee, the two ministers discussed the key points of the 2022-2024 Executive Program for Tourism Cooperation. 

Fayez highlighted the importance of the program and its benefit to the tourism sector and of exchanging expertise between the public and private sectors in Jordan and Tunisia.

The meeting also brought together the secretary-general of the Tourism Ministry, Imad Hijazin, the director-general of the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), Abdul Razzaq Arabiyat, the Tunisian envoy to Jordan, Khaled Al-Suhaili, Jordan’s ambassador to Tunisia, Maher Al-Tarawneh, chairman of the Jordan Tourism and Hospitality Skills Council, Mohammad Al-Qasem, and the President of the Jordan Association for Traditional Crafts and Industries, Ibrahim Al-Zariqi.

According to Fayez, the two sides agreed to form four joint teams to follow up on the project, including promoting tourism, tourism training, product development, labor market regulation, handicrafts, and traditional industries.

Fayez stated that Jordan has competent experts in the tourism field in the public and private sectors, adding that the private sector is a crucial partner to lift tourism. He pointed to the need to increase flights between the two countries to boost tourist numbers, highlighting the need to strengthen cooperation in exhibitions.

The Tunisian minister said that the two countries are pioneers in tourism and are capable of handling crises that resulted from the COVID-19 fallout, commending the Jordanian expertise and competencies in the tourism sector.
He also highlighted the importance of exchanging expertise among human resources and professionals in traditional industries and encouraging cooperation between Jordanian and Tunisian universities in the tourism and traditional industries fields.

For his part, the Tunisian ambassador lauded the efforts exerted on both sides, which led to the finalization of the Executive Program for Tourism Cooperation project draft.

Speaking on the joint efforts for the program, Tarawneh said they had shifted the tourism sector in both countries from a state of competitiveness to a partnership.

Chairman of the Jordan Tourism and Hospitality Skills Council, Qasem, said the council, led by the public and private sectors, is developing professional standards for jobs through training programs in the tourism and hospitality sector.

The Jordan Association for Traditional Crafts and Industries president,  Zariqi, expressed interest in bilateral cooperation in the handicrafts and exhibitions areas, stressing the association’s commitment to cementing collaboration between Jordan and Tunisia.

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