Tourist arrivals to Tunisia down by 21 percent: report

A tourist buys some traditional souvenirs in the medina, the old city of Tunis. (File photo: Reuters)

The number of tourist arrivals in Tunisia in January 2015 was down by 21 percent compared to the same period last year, Tunisia’s state news agency (TAP) reported Friday.

Of the 269,065 tourists who visited Tunisia in January, TAP said, 75 percent of them were North African nationals.

Tunisia’s tourism industry, considered to be vital to prop up its weak economy, has still not recovered from 2010, when Tunisians started what it was later dubbed as the “Arab Spring” by ousting longtime President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

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