Relax tourist ban to Tunisia appeal
THE Government’s refusal to relax its travel advice for Tunisia almost one year after the deadly attack near Sousse is allowing the perpetrators to believe they are “on the winning side”, the country’s UK-based tourism officials said.
Some 30 Britons were killed by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in the coastal resort of Port El Kantaoui on June 26 last year, leading the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to advise against all but essential travel to the North African country.
Terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tarek Aouadi, director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO) in the UK, fought back tears as he insisted it was wrong for his home country to be punished as a result of the attack.
He told the Press Association: “Tunisia shouldn’t be penalised because very hurtful, criminal people wanted to damage its economy.
“They are succeeding because if tourism is banned from the UK market that gives them a very good signal that they are on the winning side.”
UK tour operators stopped selling holidays to Tunisia following the FCO advice, which warns that “further attacks remain highly likely”.