Meeting held to document sites attractive for tourism in Libya

North Africa

An electronic map of all the touristic and historic locations in Libya will be created as a result of these efforts to improve the tourism sector in Libya.

In the town of Awjila located in northeastern Libya, a seminar was held by several local officials aimed at documenting and creating a digital database of all sites attractive for tourism in the country. The workshop, which was held in the Municipality of Awjila, was in coordination with the Documentation Centre at the Tourism Authority of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

“The Public Authority for Tourism, represented by the Tourist Information and Documentation Centre, conducted a geographical survey of the areas of tourist attractions and service centres in the cities of Awjila and Jalu, and al-Wahat District,” said an official from the Awjila Municipality.

Following the surveying of the tourist attractions, the information will be shared with the authorities compiling the Libyan Atlas of Tourism.

“The role of this project is to introduce the Geographic Information System Technology “GIS” of the Libyan state,” said a participating official from the Tourism Authority of the GNA. Once the data is collected and included in the Atlas of Tourism, an electronic map, a website, and a mobile phone app will be created to make the information available to the public.

The officials carrying out this project are hoping that the electronic tourism guide will contribute to promoting and encouraging tourism in Libya.

Because of its rich history that stretches back to the Phoenician Greek and Roman periods, the country is the site of hundreds of ancient monuments and archeological discoveries. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included six historical sites in Libya in its list of World Heritage Sites.

Due to the relative calm in the country, archaeological experts and officials have stressed the importance of rehabilitating, preserving, and encouraging tourism in the country. Libyan officials are hoping that the return of tourism will contribute significantly to the nation’s GDP.