Tourism revenue in Tunisia grows 44 percent year-on-year

Tourists walk past shops along an alley at a bazaar in the Medina (old town) of Tunis. (AFP)

Tourism revenue in Tunisia jumped 44 percent to $1.1 billion (3.16 billion dinars) year-on-year to Aug. 10, official figures showed on Monday.
 
Major European tour operators started to return to Tunisia last year, after three years of shunning the North African country following militant attacks targeting tourists.
             
Tourism, a key source of foreign currency, accounts for 8 percent of Tunisia's gross domestic product.
             
The central bank said revenue last year during the same period was $762 million (2.19 billion Tunisian dinars).
             
Tourism Minister Rene Trabelsi said Tunisia expects tourist arrivals to reach nine million for the first time in 2019 with major promotional campaigns to bring back tourists from traditional markets such as France, Britain, and Germany.
             
Last year, Tunisia received 8.3 million tourists.
             
A return of Europeans visitors would give a strong boost to the struggling economy and raise weak foreign currency reserves.
             
In 2015, a gun attack at a beach resort in Sousse killed 39 tourists and an attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis killed 21. ISIS said it carried out the attacks.

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