Tunisia may see a significant growth in the number of international visitors to the country, with a 30 per cent rise in arrivals during the first half of 2017, a government official said on Tuesday.
Last year tourist arrivals fell to 5.5 million, after several European tour companies and cruise operators suspended operations in the wake of the Bardo and Sousse attacks.
Lost revenues contributed to a slowdown in economic growth, pushing the Tunisian dinar to historic lows against the dollar and euro.
The Tunisian tourism market now anticipates recovery by promoting ‘cultural tourism’ and improving security around tourist sites across the country.
Tourism Ministry officials say hotel bookings for this summer have been rising, especially from Russia.
Tourism accounts for 8 percent of gross domestic product in Tunisia, with about 472.8 employees, or 13.9% percent of Tunisia’s workforce.