Tunisia heralds ‘recovery in European tourism’ in latest visitor figures

British travellers appear to be defying the Foreign Office (FCO) travel ban on Tunisia, after almost 9,000 UK tourists visited the North African country in the first half of this year.
 Almost 9,000 UK tourists visited the North African nation during the first half of the year

Tunisia recorded 1,527,891 tourist arrivals from January 1 to May 20 – up 46% compared to the same period in 2016.

In a tourism report, the Tunisian National Tourist Office said the visitor increase marked “the start of a recovery in European tourism” for the nation.

According to the findings, tourism from the Maghreb region “remains predominant”, accounting for 60.2% of tourists arriving during this period, with 1,148,037 visitors – a 51.6% year-on-year increase.

Among Tunisia’s traditional European tourist markets the destination boasted a 31.1% overall rise as it welcomed 153,050 French tourists – up 45.1% on the same period last year – followed by German visitors as it recorded 37,909 and Italian tourists with 28,807 travelling to its shores.

Tunisia also reported 8,943 British arrivals and welcomed 44,754 Russians – an increase of 2.6% compared to 2016.

The number of overnight stays in the country grew by 31% compared to the previous year with 714,000, from January 1 to April 20, 2017.

According to a report by the Central Bank of Tunisia, tourism revenues at the end of April 2017 posted a slight increase of 5.2%, compared to a 46.4% increase in non-resident inflows.


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