ITB 2019

Tunisia hails visitor turnaround

Tunisia welcomes back international tourists.
Marco Limberg
Tunisia welcomes back international tourists.

Tunisia is back in business after several years of decline. That was the message from new tourism minister René Trabelsi at ITB.

The North African country staged a major recovery last year with an impressive 72 per cent rise in overnight stays by international visitors, including a 42 per cent increase from the German market.

“The guests are back,” said Trabelsi, who took charge of the tourism ministry last autumn. But he added: “The growth from European markets is good but not yet ideal.” Tunisia is still some way off its much higher pre-security crisis visitor figures.

Tunisia aims to extend the tourism season with offerings such as golf and events. There is also potential for more flights if Tunisia is able to complete a proposed open skies deal with the EU.