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Tunisia: tourist arrivals plunge 38.1%, those of the French down 64.1%

Tourist arrivals fell by 38.1%, from January 1 to August 20 (between 2010 and 2015), resulting from plummeting inflows of European tourists by 59% to 1,023,533 visitors.

The decline in European visitors was 29.2%, compared to the previous year, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts.

The most notable declines were recorded in the French market (-64.1%) to 342,997 tourists.

Compared to the same period of last year, the drop was 32.5%.

The Germans also shunned Tunisia with only 154,435 tourists visiting Tunisia, down 41.6% over 2010 and 37.7% compared to 2014.

Britons, who were most affected by the attack in a hotel in Sousse (June 26, 2015), were only 200,300 to come to Tunisia (-8.5% compared to 2010 and -27% compared last year).

Similarly, the number of Italians did not exceed the 59,090 tourists, with declines of 75.2% over 2010 and 65.7% compared to 2014.

Regarding Maghreb visitors, the decline was 12.9%, compared to 2010, to 1,691,200 tourists, but with a clear increase in Algerian arrivals (+ 23.6%) to 854,900 people.

According to the Central Bank of Tunisia, the main indicators of tourism activity showed a significant decline in July 2015, particularly affecting overall tourist overnight stays (- 64.9% and -76.6% over the same month of 2010 and 2013, respectively ), while tourism foreign exchange earnings fell sharply to -50.7% and -59.6%.

Meanwhile, passenger air traffic recorded a decline of – 32.1% in annual shift in June 2015 against -0.7% in the same month of last year.

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