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Travel and Tourism - Algeria - February 2014

It is 52 years since Algeria became independent, and today the country is hardly recognisable from the troubled nation it was in those early decades – years that were marked by a fragile economy, political upheaval and bloody violence. A strong hydrocarbon industry has been the main driver behind Algeria’s impressive economic growth and greater political stability. An over-reliance on gas and oil exports has, however, left the country vulnerable to fluctuations in demand for and the price of hydrocarbons. Recognising this, Algeria’s government is trying to bring greater diversity to the Algerian economy, with tourism identified as a sector that could make a significant contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).

In 2011, Algeria was the third most visited country by international tourists in North Africa, with almost 2.4 million arrivals, according to the UNWTO. However, it welcomed just a fraction of foreign visitors when compared to neighbouring Tunisia and Morocco, who recorded 4.7 million and 9.3 million foreign tourists respectively in 2011. In 2010, UNWTO data show that Tunisia recorded almost 7 million international arrivals with the downturn in 2011 due to the impact of the Arab Spring. These statistics highlight the fact that Algeria’s tourism industry is currently underdeveloped despite its varied attractions, which range from dramatic scenery and a pristine coast through to hospitable people and a rich culture and history.

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Table of contents

  1. Algeria: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • The Sahara
                  • UNESCO World Heritage sites
                    • Algiers
                      • Other attractions
                      • Tourism and the Economy

                          • Figure 1: Algeria GDP, 2008-14
                          • Figure 2: Travel and tourism direct contribution to GDP, 2008-14
                          • Figure 3: Visitor exports* in Algeria, 2008-14
                          • Figure 4: International tourism receipts, 2008-14
                          • Figure 5: Tourism’s contribution to employment, 2001-14
                      • Arrivals

                        • International
                          • Figure 6: International arrivals, 2008-14
                          • Figure 7: International arrivals to Algeria, by leading source markets, 2009-14
                        • Domestic
                          • Figure 8: Resident arrivals and overnights at hotels in Algeria, 2009-14
                          • Figure 9: Domestic tourism expenditure in Algeria, 2008-14
                      • Market Characteristics

                        • International
                          • Purpose of visit
                            • Figure 10: International visitors to Algeria, by purpose of visit, 2009-12
                          • Seasonality
                            • Length of stay
                              • Figure 11: Non-resident arrivals and overnights at hotels in Algeria, 2009-12
                            • Domestic
                              • Purpose of visit
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Length of stay
                                  • Transport

                                      • Figure 12: Transport use in Algeria, 2008-11*
                                    • Air
                                      • Figure 13: Passengers flying with Air Algérie, 2008-11*
                                      • Figure 14: Passengers at EGSA-ALGER airports, 2011 and 2012
                                    • Road
                                      • Rail
                                        • Sea
                                          • Figure 15: Algerie Ferries’ traffic to/from France and Spain, 2008-11
                                      • Accommodation

                                          • Figure 16: Hotel capacity in Algeria, by category, 2009-12
                                      • Tourism News

                                        • What Next?

                                            • Figure 17: International tourism forecast for Algeria, 2014-24
                                            • Figure 18: Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Algeria, 2007-12

                                        Travel and Tourism - Algeria - February 2014

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