The number of tourists who visited the governorate of Monastir reached 436,363 in 2014 against 445,316 in 2013, down 2%, according to TAP news agency.
This was indicated by regional tourism commissioner Mohamed Mehdi Hlaoui who added that the number of overnight stays in the region also decreased 3.5% during the same period from 3,214,831 to 3,103,171.
The accommodation capacity of the region also went down 2.29% from 15,010 beds in 2013 to 14,569 in 2014.
“Despite the decline of tourism in the region, some of the new markets recorded a significant improvement last year,” stated, however, the regional tourism commissioner.
These include the British market (79,037 tourists, 686,881 overnight stays), the Swedish market (1,539 tourists, 11,350 overnight stays), the Portuguese market (383 tourists, 788 overnight stays) and the Australian market (60 tourists, 347 overnight stays).
Regarding traditional markets, the number of French tourists increased by 3.6% to 42,728 tourists in 2014 against 41,227 in 2013, while the number of Germans fell by 6.7%.
The Maghreb market ended 2014 up, especially for Algerians whose number soared 100.7%, from 2,569 in 2013 to 5,157 in 2014.
This increase was reflected positively in the number of the overnight stays of Algerian nationals in the region which increased by 141.9% to 29,899 overnight stays last year against 12,359 a year earlier.