Signs of recovery in tourism were recorded in early 2012 (January 1 to March 10) with a 46% increase in the number of tourists, reaching 660,000 tourists against 451,000 during the same period in 2011 and 786,000 in 2010. Tourist arrivals registered a decline of around 16 percent this year, compared to 2010. This rate remains low compared to the fall of these entries in 2011.
The latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism show that North African markets are the largest emitters of tourists in 2012. These include Libya (almost 333,500) and Algeria (102,600).
As for European markets, France tops the list (82,000 visitors), followed distantly by Germany (27,000), Britain (25,000) and Italy (18,000). At Total, about 192,000 European tourists came to Tunisia to date.
Signs of recovery are noted, according to figures from the Ministry of Tourism (non-resident entries by nationality), through the rise in the number of tourists from all source markets except Greece, Croatia, Sudan and Egypt.
Tunisian tourism recorded a steep decline in the past year (33%) because of the events that followed the Revolution of January 2011.