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Tunisia: tourism figures exceed pre-COVID levels

Tunisia’s tourism sector has experienced remarkable growth in the first eight months of 2023, with the number of non-resident visitors exceeding expectations.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the country has welcomed 6.232 million visitors since the beginning of the year, up 62.4% compared to the same period last year, which is also in line with the performance of the reference year 2019.

Among the nationalities contributing to this exceptional recovery, French tourists top the list, with an increase of 23% compared to 2022 and 11.7% compared to 2019.

Germans are also showing a growing interest in Tunisia, with an increase of 66% compared to the previous year, although the increase in entries compared to 2019 is more modest at 3%.

Italians and Swiss are also among the most numerous visitors, with increases of 26% and 36% respectively compared to 2022. However, the figures for Italians were slightly higher than in 2019, with a rise of 0.1%, while the Swiss recorded a solid growth of 14.6% compared to that year.

Spain emerged as a fast-growing market, recording an impressive 76% increase compared to 2022, even exceeding 2019 figures by 20%. Americans and Canadians also contributed to this recovery, with increases of 37% and 23% respectively on 2022. Canadians in particular were 1.36 times more numerous than in 2019.

Finally, Libyan and Algerian visitors showed a growing interest in Tunisia, with increases of 26.5% and 410% respectively compared to 2022. The figures for 2019 were also exceeded, with a rise by 20.8% for Libyans and 4.5% for Algerians.

As for tourism receipts, they reached a total of 5.4 billion dinars by September 10, a remarkable increase of 46% compared to the same date last year.


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