Published on : Thursday, April 21, 2016
Airline booking are beginning to recover and desert safaris and cosmetic medical tourism that have always been great draws for the country continue to lure visitors.
Nearly 8 percent of the domestic products in Tunisia are dependent on tourism. Foreign currency is the key source of revenue and tourism is also responsible in generating jobs in the country.
Last year after the attacks tourism revenue fell by 35 percent to $1.5 billion. Most cruise operators suspended their operations in the wake of the Sousse attack leading to a slowdown in the economic growth from 0.8 per cent to 2.3 percent.
However in 2016 the international tourism market seems to be catching up. The government has stepped up security as 1000 more armed tourism police petrol hotels and tourism sites. Open Sky aviation liberalization agreement with Europe is expected to bring more tourism by 2017. Easier visa procurement in several countries and the introduction of electronic visa are expected to increase visitation in Tunisia.