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Tunisian tourism shows signs of recovery

Popular holiday destination Tunisia has seen its first boost in tourism since the civil uprising last year.

The North African country, which relies heavily on the tourism industry, has been starved of holidaymakers over the last 18 months following the civil revolution. Despite this, new figures show that visitor numbers have started to increase.

Figures from the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO) found a significant increase in the number of tourists heading to the country plighted. More than 31,000 Britons travelled to Tunisia in May, a 34% increase on the number of British visitors who went in May 2011. Not only this, but the figure is just 14% less than the record-breaking number of arrivals seen in May in 2010.

The tourism board said that visitor figures for 2012 were 56.5% higher than the same time in 2011. The number of Irish visitors has also increased, up by 83% compared to last year. “The UK has proved to be one of our most resilient markets and I’m delighted to see visitors returning to Tunisia in such numbers,” said Wahida Jaiet, TNTO director of the UK and Ireland. “The Irish market has also displayed great faith in the destination and I’m confident that the UK and Irish markets will continue to grow.”

Tunisia has been subjected to a series of clashes and protests as the jobless total rises. A number of anti-government protests took place at the beginning of last year, however they have since calmed down and order has been restored. “Now is a great time to visit Tunisia as the country enjoys a new-found freedom and optimism,” added Jaiet.

“From high-end luxury hotels and therapy centres, to great value family resorts and fantastic cultural attractions, there is plenty to bring visitors back to Tunisia again and again.” It would be advisable to check the political situation at your holiday destination with the Foreign Office before departing. It is also worth taking out travel insurance in case of cancellations.

Date Created: 19 June 2012

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