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03/01/2018 - 19:04hs

Tunisia tourist numbers up 23% in 2017

The African country’s Ministry of Tourism said it welcomed over 7 million visitors from abroad last year.

Tunis – Tunisia welcomed 7.051 million tourists last year, up 23.2% from 2016, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported, quoting data released by the Tunisian Ministry of tourism on its Facebook page.

The government said tourist flows from Europe grew by 20%, while those from the Maghreb – which comprises Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania, in addition to Tunisia itself – were up 31%.

Last year saw the lifting of travel restrictions from European countries including United Kingdom, Netherlands, Poland and Belgium, which had been in place since the June 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse. That, coupled with the return of flights and packages from travel agencies, helped buoy the industry in Tunisia, TAP said.

The news outlet also said Tunisia entered into an open skies agreement with the United States last December, which eliminates a cap formerly in place concerning the amount of flights connecting the two countries.

Tunisia’s Tourism Ministry also said tourism revenue came out to TND 2.7 billion (USD 1.1 billion) last year, up 16% from 2016.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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