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Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015
What’s worst about the attack is that it has dealt a heavy blow to the nation’s tourism industry that has seen only slow recovery since the social unrest began in late 2010.
“This is a catastrophe,” admitted tourism minister Salma Elloumi on Friday. “This hit Tunisia in its core.”
Tunisia is key to Tunisia’s economy. The North African nation is known for its golden beaches and sunny weather, while tourism now accounts seven percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product, and almost 400,000 job opportunities.
Travel agencies and resorts near the Marhaba hotel were filled with distressed and panicking tourists who were either relatives of the injured or killed, or merely tourists who wanted to leave out of fear.
Since the attack, hundreds of tourists have been evacuated to Britain, Germany and Belgium, among other destinations. Tens of foreign victims were transferred to four hospitals across Sousse for urgent treatment. The bodies were transferred to Tunis for identification.
Tunis has also stepped up the security measures for hotels and resorts all along the coasts, and all tourism security agents will be armed.
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