Tu­nisia tourism rev­enues jump 45% with record num­ber of vis­i­tors in 2018

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Tu­nisia’s tourism rev­enues jumped in 2018 to $1.36bn as the coun­try saw the ar­rival of a record 8.3mn vis­i­tors, a strong re­cov­ery for a vi­tal sec­tor from two mil­i­tant at­tacks on hol­i­day­mak­ers in 2015, of­fi­cial fig­ures showed last week.

The tourism in­dus­try ac­counts for 8% of Tu­nisia’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

A re­turn of Euro­peans vis­i­tors would give a strong boost to the strug­gling econ­omy and raise the coun­try’s weak for­eign cur­rency re­serves. Ma­jor Euro­pean tour op­er­a­tors started to re­turn to Tu­nisia last year, after three years of shun­ning the coun­try fol­low­ing the at­tack on a beach in Sousse that killed 39 tourists and a sep­a­rate at­tack at the Bardo Na­tional Mu­seum in Tunis that killed 21. Tourism rev­enues rose in 2018 by about 45% com­pared to 2017 to reach 4.09bn di­nars ($1.36bn), the cen­tral bank fig­ures showed.

The num­ber of tourists jumped to 8.3mn from 7mn in 2017, as ho­tels were filled with vis­i­tors from Al­ge­ria, Rus­sia and other parts of Europe.

Tu­nisia ex­pects tourist ar­rivals to reach 9mn for the first time in 2019.

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