In what can be described as a strong recovery for Tunisia’s tourism sector, after two militant attacks on holiday makers in 2015, the country’s tourism revenue jumped to $1.36 billion in 2018 and saw the arrival of a record 8.3 million visitors.
The tourism industry accounts for 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product. More European tourists would give the struggling country’s economy a boost and also raise its weak foreign currency reserves.
After three years of shunning the country following the attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 39 tourists and a separate attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21, major European tour operators started to return to Tunisia in 2018.
According to figures published by the Central Bank of Tunisia, revenue from tourism rose in 2018 by about 45 percent compared to 2017 to reach 4.09 billion dinars ($1.36 billion).
Hotels were filled with visitors from Algeria, Russia and other parts of Europe, which helped the number of tourists jump from 7 million in 2017 to 8.3 million in 2018. In 2019, the country expects tourist arrivals to reach 9 million for the first time.