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Algeria may be considered to be a very small country but it has come into the scene where it has a stand on world issues and is competing with the world market and trands.Algeria shares with Morocco and Tunisia a coastline with great potential as a tourist attraction and it does see a lot of tourists coming in year after year. Its tourism industry, however, has always lagged behind that of its closest neighbors due to reasons of development and lack of proper amenties and options that a tourist may look for. Mainly because of the government's failure to promote tourism and the lack of well-run quality hotels and tourist sites, the number of foreign visitors to Algeria in the 1980s never exceeded onefourth and one-sixth of those to Tunisia and Morocco, respectively.This has inturn affected the tourism sector in abig way and also the revenues that came in reduced to a great extent making the economic conditions worse.
Though the governement since 1989 has tried its level but could not do much.As part of its efforts to liberalize the country's economy, the government has decentralized the national tourism company and granted autonomy to many state-owned hotels.Now the governement has allowed hundred percent foreign direct investment so as to improve the situation of the country.Though there are large drawbacks in the tourism there are still other good options if one wants to enjoy this palce and also the places that it has to offer.
Business and Economy
Algeria as a country has come a long way from where it was and Prior to independence in 1962 Algeria's economy had been dominated by agriculture for a millennium and was known as 'the breadbasket of the Roman empire'.But now agriculture has gone behind the scene and the rising oil revenues have come up throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the government embarked on a major programme of industrialization which has transformed the economy, making Algeria one of the wealthiest nations in Africa.And the transformation has come about and this country has risen from the roota to the top. Fuelled by oil revenues, Algeria's economy grew dramatically throughout this period.
Though there are not very prominent place that can be remembered and visited but there are other places of interest that can lure the tourists in a big way.Algeria has a wide range of features that would be of interest to tourists. These include different aspects like cultural centers, historical places of interest like museums, and memorials filled with historical backgrounds and items of interest. There are other choices like entertaining yourself fishing and enjoying some water sports,a small seaside village, Bou Ismail, is a favorite of visitors who enjoy a great fishing experience. And, for the water sports lovers, Alger-Plage beach (Algiers- Beach) gives you an opportunity for sailing and boating. There is a lot for the folks who are really interested in history and the historical places of interest ,a visit to Tipaza and Berard villages provides a wealth of insights into the fascinating Algerian history, from the Phoenicians to Roman times. In the northern part of Algiers, (Kasbah), Stand Ketchaoua (a restored ottoman mosque) and Bitchin mosque with a museum of traditional arts, all offer interesting sights to explore and marvel at. Algiers is the capital city of Algeria. But, the name alone conjures up interesting thoughts and it is a worth while place to visit and explore.
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia
Area: 2,381,740 sq km; slightly less than 3.5 times the size of Texas
Population: 32,818,500 (July 2003 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Arab-Berber 99 percent and European less than 1 percent
Religion: Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99 percent, Christian and Jewish 1 percent
Industries: Petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining, electrical, petrochemical, and food processing
Climate: Arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer.
Terrain: Mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain.
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, uranium, lead and zinc
Natural Hazards: Mountainous areas subject to severe earthquakes; mudslides and floods in rainy season