Tunisia hoping to attract eight million tourists this year

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Tunisia is hoping to attract eight million tourists this year.

The country suffered a massive slump in arrivals after Islamic State  gunman massacred 38 people – 30 of them British – on a beach in Sousse in 2015.

British officials say Tunisia has made huge progress in counter-terrorism since those attacks and many leading tour operators have now returned to the country.

The Tunisian Minister of Tourism Salma Elloumi said hopes were high based on indicators such as the recent increase rate of hotel bookings and the recovery of some traditional markets.

“The past tourist season has been successful, including a growth of 23 percent in the number of tourists, and a 20-percent increase in tourist overnight accommodation,” Elloumi said.

Referring to the resumption of cooperation with some international tourism operators, the minister said that a series of agreements would be concluded, in the medium and long terms.

“The cooperation aims to promote Tunisia’s tourism destinations and highlight the features of its products,” Elloumi said.

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