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Tunisia: tourist arrivals fall 3.7% in 4 months.

Tunisia’s tourist arrivals fell by 3.7% between 2013 and 2012 (from January 1 to April 20), reaching 1,194,396 tourists.

This decline has affected many nationalities, especially European and Maghreb, according to the latest statistics published by the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT). Compared to 2010, the decline in tourist arrivals is clearly visible (-16.4% with 1,428,647 tourists).

For European entries, they have overall declined by 8.6% to 377,947 tourists.

Compared to 2010, the decline was more pronounced (-35.6%).

The first tourist market of Tunisia, France fell 22.9% to 137,658 tourists.

The French tourist flow even halved compared to 2010 (- 48.5%).

Tourist arrivals from Germany stagnated at 58,824 and those of the UK market grew by 12.9% to 64,774 tourists.

As to Maghreb tourism, ONTT statistics show a decrease of entries by 1.4% (778,199 tourists) over the past year and 2.2% compared to 2010.

The number of Libyan visitors fell 3.7% to 562,529 people. However, Algerian entries grew 6.3% (202,102 tourists).

Tourism revenue fell 3.1% to 644.7 million dinars, compared to 2012 and 4.6% compared to 2010 (675.9 MTD).

Despite the hunting of terrorist groups holed up in the forests of Mount Chaambi, Tourism Minister Jamel Gamra, announced Thursday at a press briefing, “an increase in booking rates over the past four weeks, including those from French and Russian markets.”

He also spoke of the efforts that will be made by the department to attract Algerian, Libyan tourists and others from Gulf countries.

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