Saturday June 1st saw the beginnings of increased security at tourist destinations along the coast of Algeria, in time for the summer beach season. 2013′s security plans include increased patrols on 256 beaches where bathing is allowed, and 156 surveillance points.
These latest security measures are in response to the downturn in tourism brought about by the feelings of insecurity in the Sahel. They are an attempt to encourage tourists to return. Mid-January’s horrendous attack by terrorists on the Tiguentourine gas plant has further hampered tourism.