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04 October 2011


Posted in Algeria

Tourism in Algeria contributes only about 1 percent of Algeria's GDP. Algeria's tourist industry lags behind that of its neighbors 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 and the threat of terrorism. 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 has 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[6], Tourism Minister Noureddine Moussa said Monday (October 30th) 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.

15 September 2011


Posted in Algeria

Despite Algiers’s reputation as a city on the edge, first-time visitors to Algiers may be surprised by the contrast between what they have heard and the city’s beauty. Surrounded by gorgeous Mediterranean architecture, residents of Algiers maintain a relaxed pace of life despite living in a burgeoning metropolis. Indeed, Algiers is on the rise: with a small but vibrant club and music scene and a fierce pride in its multicultural heritage, Algiers is a highlight of any North African itinerary. Slow down upon arrival and allow the history of a city where the "ville nouvelle" dates from the Ottoman era to really sink in.

The Top 5: What to Do in Algiers

The Casbah and the Palais de Raïs: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Casbah is a must-see for any first-time visitor to Algiers. The neighborhood serves as Algiers’s historical and commercial district, and has an abundance of seafood restaurants. Although Algiers is littered with historic buildings, few have been as lovingly restored as the Ottoman-era Palais de Raïs. Visitors will come away with abundant insight about life in Algiers in the Ottoman and French periods.

La Ville Nouvelle: Although Algiers’s historic neighborhoods may be a more obvious destination, the “ville nouvelle” (which actually dates to the Ottoman era) offers several museums of mostly Algerian art, notably the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Bardo Museum, and the renowned but currently closed Jardin d’Essai. It is also the home of most of Algiers’s entertainment and nightlife.

Tipaza Archaeological Park: This site, located 15 kilometers outside of Algiers, is one of the best places in the area to view Algeria’s extraordinary cache of Roman ruins. In addition to a museum, the location has an amphitheatre, an early Christian church, and a forum.

Notre Dame d’Afrique: This stunning 19th-century cathedral hovers above the city on the Plateau of Bouzaréah, a constant reminder of Algiers’s long period of French rule. Though some locals may be conflicted about what the building symbolizes, it’s a gorgeous monument and an excellent spot for contemplation, even in the midst of restoration.

Grande Poste: The city’s main post office and an important landmark, the Grande Poste was built in 1913 by the French architect Voinot, and its beautiful Moorish façade makes it one of the city’s most beloved buildings. 

Temperatures in Algeria reach extremes during the summer, and travelers will be more comfortable visiting during the rainy season, between October and March.