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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Thomas Cook, which first opened an office in Tunisia in 1902, will offer a small programme of holidays from February 2018.
In 2015, a lone gunman on the beach in Sousse created a massacre which triggered emergency evacuation of the tourists. The effect of the travel ban was to oblige tour operators to stop offering holidays there, and to invalidate the travel insurance of anyone who decided to go. Although the warning – ” “terrorists are still very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia” holds good, it was just last month when Tunisia was taken off the list.
Thomas Cook is the first mainstream operator to respond to the lifting of the warning. From 13 February 2018, it will launch three flights a week to the country – from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester. It will offer package holidays in six hotels, mainly in the Hammamet area on Tunisia’s east coast, as well as flight-only deals.
Initially, in its summer programme, the firm will introduce seven flights a week and add two more hotels to its portfolio in May. During the time of the ban imposement, the numbers of operative flights were 35 per week.
Thomas Cook’s head of customer welfare, Carol Mackenzie, said in a blog:
“The Tunisian government has worked to improve its security and the way its police and security teams can respond to terrorist incidents. It is this work which meant that the UK Government were able to announce that they are now satisfied that British travellers can return to the country.”