Associations and business offices involved
The Annaba Directorate of Tourism and Handicrafts has called on the heads of associations and owners of business offices to immediately stop organizing domestic tourist trips for the benefit of different customers, and threatened judicial follow-up against them if they continue to organize such trips.
The state’s Tourism Directorate clarified in its statement issued on the second of this December, that the activity of organizing tourist trips is a commercial activity, originally, within the jurisdiction of approved tourism and travel agencies, which is expressly provided for in Law 99/06 of April 4, 1999, which It defines the rules governing the activity of tourism and travel agencies, especially Article VI, which requires obtaining an exploitation license issued by the Ministry in charge of tourism to practice this activity.
In addition, Article 34 of the Basic Law of Associations No. 12/06 of January 12, 2012 explicitly states that the activities of associations shall be non-commercial, and that the organization of trips is limited only to members involved in those associations. The statement added that the business offices listed under the commercial activity code 612205, include all brokerage activities in the economic and commercial fields, with the exception of regulated activities such as organizing trips and travel. The statement of the Directorate of Tourism and Handicrafts of the wilaya of Annaba concluded, calling on the heads of associations and business offices active in this field, to immediately stop organizing tourist trips, at the risk of judicial follow-ups stipulated in the Tourist Agencies Activity Law.
In Constantine, many associations that have nothing to do with this activity took tourist trips in many areas of the country, especially in the desert, where they collect dozens of families and transport them to desert cities, sometimes overnighting in the open in tents, despite the cold weather. These associations advertise themselves through social networking sites and have become popular because of the atmosphere they provide to their customers, and they do not stop working in all seasons, taking advantage of more than a year and a half of stopping work-dependent tourist agencies due to the Corona pandemic, and the Algerian destination in tourism has become It is in great demand in Algeria, and in late November, the Tourism Directorate has already begun judicial follow-up procedures against these people to avoid the chaos that has marked the Algerian tourism issue in the past two years.
The intervention of the interests of the directorates of tourism and handicrafts in the governorates of Annaba, Constantine and Biskra, after the escalation of the phenomenon of organizing internal tourist trips for the benefit of different clients who are not members or involved in associations, on social networking sites, which some associations and some business offices took as a platform to promote this activity, which is considered inappropriate Its jurisdiction is as stipulated by the laws regulating the activity of tourism and travel agencies, as well as the laws that define the activities of associations and business offices.
Some social media pages have recently turned into spaces for posting advertisements promoting the organization of internal tourist trips to some southern states or states that are rich in archaeological sites and mineral baths, during weekends and on various occasions, by some associations and business offices, in exchange for Receive commissions for it. The interests of the gendarmerie in the states of Bejaia and Annaba, especially El Tarf, are finding themselves in strange situations by setting up associations for huge tents and holding group dinners that depend on cooking in the open air without having any accreditation to carry out this activity.