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Tunisia: tourist arrivals down 1.4% until July 2014

Tourist arrivals recorded from January 1 to July 10, 2014, totaled approximately 2.83 million tourists, posting a decrease of 1.4% compared to the same period in 2013 and 11.6% compared to 2010 (reference year).

According to data released by the Ministry of Tourism, arrivals of Maghreb tourists during this period amounted to 1,532,000 people, down 1.9% compared to 2013 and up 6.5% compared to 2010.

Regarding tourist arrivals from European countries, which have been the subject of major marketing campaigns, they fell slightly by 0.8% compared to the same period of 2013, but significantly decreased by 26.9 % compared to 2010.

On the top of European arrivals, the number of French tourists (32,000 tourists) declined 8.5% compared to 2013 and those of British (19,000 tourists) fell 0.5%.

The number of Italian tourists grew 18.7% from January to July 10, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, followed by Germany (+1.5%) and Poland (+47.5 %).

Minister of Tourism, Amel Karboul stated that estimates for the current season predict 6.4 million tourists, provided that the social, economic and security conditions is favorable.

Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks in Mont Chaambi that occurred in the heart of summer, pose serious threats to the 2014 tourist season.

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