Tunisia’s Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts reveals 80 percent slump in visitors to Tunisia in 2020

Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tunisia’s Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts has revealed an 80 percent slump in visitors to Tunisia in 2020, compared to 2019, which means that the number of tourist arrivals didn’t go beyond 2 million.

Tourism revenue reached TND2 billion ($732 million), compared to TND5.6 billion in 2019. In 2019, Tunisia had received a record 9.5 million visitors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected various tourism destinations in Tunisia.

The President of the Tunisian Tourism Observatory (OTT) Afif Kchouk expects that the sector would face similar challenges this year. He added that the early arrival of vaccines in other tourism destinations will have serious consequences on tourism in Tunisia. The arrival of the first delivery of vaccines to Tunisia has been postponed.

Kchouk expressed his sadness that the country will lose a great deal of its European visitors, and might rely on the domestic market along with the Algerian and Libyan markets.

FTH (Fédération Tunisienne de l’Hôtellerie) President Khaled Fakhfakh said that the tourism disaster will probably continue during the second half of 2021. Fakhfakh revealed that up to 90 percent of tourism institutions have closed down. Only 10 percent of Tunisian hotels have restarted their operations at poor occupancy rate.

As per latest data from the UNWTO, global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals going down by 74 percent.

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