Published on : Thursday, October 5, 2017
There are dozens of tourists pack beach chairs at a Tunisian luxury hotel, where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, the furniture at the shiny reception hall, the police post at its gate and even its name is new.
Now the tourism of Tunisia is triggering the arrival of tourists from different parts of the world gaining a better economy.
It happened as there is a substantial security presence and advertising abroad. The tourism revenues rose up to 21 percent to $851 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared with last year, central bank data shows.
This influx of the tourists is helping the Tunisian government to solve the economic crisis that happened after Islamic State attack as it prepares an austere budget and tax increases.
The reforms in all fields were agreed with the International Monetary Fund in return for a new $350 million loan.
The Western countries are still reluctant to come back, even though most countries have lifted travel warnings.
But hotels have managed to fill rooms, mostly with Algerians, Germans and Russians. But now the Russians are avoiding Egypt since Islamic State downed a Russian plane in 2015.