In 2019, before covid-19, tourism contributed 14% to the Tunisian GDP. The following year, the pandemic caused the sector to shrink by about 78%, affecting thousands of jobs. As the country contemplates recovery, it has launched training to strengthen workers’ skills.
1,250 people will benefit from this programme which, in addition to training, offers other advantages such as a bonus and a social allowance paid by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
According to the Ministry’s publication, this programme is intended to help workers in the tourism sector of all types who have been affected by a stoppage in tourism activity due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with the aim of improving their training and so that they are ready for the new season.
This training programme has been initiated as part of the implementation of the government decisions approved at the Council of Ministers on 6 November 2020. The decision on tourism aims to save the sector and its employees during the coronavirus crisis.
The first phase of this programme concerns 400 employees spread over eight sites and centres to follow a 2-month continuous training course. This training consists of preparing the workers for the next tourist season which should be launched between May and June 2021. Through this initiative, it is also a question of preserving the jobs threatened by the pandemic. According to the Tunisian Tourism Federation, 27,000 jobs are concerned.
For the revival, the Ministry of Tourism expects to return to its pre-crisis pace. As of November 10, the country had 1.8 million tourists, a drop of about 78% compared to 2019.
Receipts fell by 63%, for a value of 1.2 billion euros. However, in this Mediterranean country, tourism is one of the main sources of foreign exchange. In 2019, the sector contributed 14% of GDP.