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