Tourist arrivals to Tunisia registered a significant improvement over the first four months of 2012, reaching more than 1.4 million visitors, up 51.8%.
However, the indicators published by the Ministry of Tourism, are not yet equal to those recorded in 2010. Thus, compared to statistics of that year, entries would be in decline by -11.7%.
Unsurprisingly, Libyans remain at the forefront of tourist arrivals (634,000 visitors), followed by Algerians (207,000).
As for the European market, France tops the list (228,800 tourists), followed distantly by Britain (66,700), Germany (64,800) and Italy (37,800).
With regard to tourism revenues, the ministry announced foreign currency earnings of 696.3 million dinars (MTD), in late April 2012, against 519 MTD in 2011 and 747 MTD in 2010.
The occupancy rate of hotel units totaled 18.5%, with 5 344 000 overnight stays recorded across the country, almost the double of overnight stays during the same period last year (2786 000 nights).
The largest occupancy rate was recorded in the area of Djerba-Zarzis (almost 1 400 000 overnight stays), Sousse (943,000 nights), Côte de Carthage, Tunis (669,000 nights) and Nabeul-Hammamet (625,000 overnight stays).