Published on : Thursday, August 24, 2017
It would be quite unlikely to imagine that Irish holidaymakers will ever return to Tunisia in the coming days, regardless of the fact that Thomas Cook will be resuming the route for UK visitors anytime soon.
Pat Dawson, the chief executive of Irish Travel Agents’ Association or ITAA explained that Tunisia “was still too raw”, after the incident where 39 tourists lost their lives in a terror attack in Sousse back in June 2015.
The revenue of the tourism of Tunisia grew by 19% this year, showing the revival of a key sector destroyed two years back.
Eight percent of the GDP of Tunisia is contributed by tourism, creating thousands of job opportunities. It is also a major source of foreign currency. However, it has suffered ever since two major attacks in 2015.
The first attack happened at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, killing 21 visitors. In the second attack, almost 39 holidaymakers lost their lives on a beach in the resort city of Sousse.
Tunisia’s tourism minister, Salma Loumi, expressed that 4.58m foreigner, between January till August had visited the North African country. This was boosted by Algerian arrivals. Visits from European tourists increased by 16%.
According to the foreign office of Britain, it no longer suggests the travel agents not to visit North African country anymore. For UK holidaymakers, Thomas Cook will continue offering holidays in Tunisia.