Tunisia sees 18% hike in tourist arrivals

The Arab country welcomed 2.24 million foreign travelers year-to-date through April 2019. The goal is to get to 9 million by the end of the year.

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Tunis – Tunisia welcomed 2.24 million tourists year-to-date through April, up 18% year-on-year, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) quoted the Ministry of Tourism as reporting this Friday (3).

The result was driven by a 22% hike in European tourist arrivals, with numbers climbing 140% from Britain, 24% from France and 13% from the Netherlands.

The Mediterranean Sea seen from Djerba Island, Tunisia

Year-to-date through April 20, Tunisia’s tourism industry fetched EUR 294 million, up 16.5% year-on-year. Local currency revenue exceeded TND 1 billion, up 35%. The disparate rates are a result of a depreciated Tunisian dinar against the euro.

Hotels in Tunisia registered 4.2 million stays through April 20, up 17.9% from a year ago.

Tunisia’s Ministry of Tourism intends to have seen 9 million tourists by the end of 2019, including 1 million from France, 390,000 from Germany and 640,000 from Russia. High season in Tunisia runs during summer in the Northern Hemisphere, from June to September.

Pictured at the beginning of this article, people wearing costumes walk by the El Djem amphitheater during a Roman festival on March 24.

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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