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Tunisia: Tourist arrivals up 18 percent, tourism revenues reach $300 million

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Tunisia has recorded an 18 percent increase in tourist arrivals during the first four months of this year, compared to the same period last year. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts, the number of foreign tourists since January was over two million, with revenues reaching roughly 330 million U.S. dollars.

The Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts is aiming to attract nine million tourists this season. Analysts say the progress indicators recorded each month range from 25 to 30 percent for all markets, especially for the Russian and Chinese markets.

Regarding the pilgrimage to El Ghriba, Djerba, authorities stressed that all preparations are underway for the event that will take place on May 22-23.

The secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO expressed his full support to the Tunisian authorities in achieving their objective of increasing the number of tourists in 2019.

The Maghreb markets, which represent 44 percent of tourist arrivals to date, have seen an increasing pace. During the first quarter of 2019, Tunisia received about 496,000 Algerian tourists and 473,000 Libyans.

Many countries lifted travel restrictions on Tunisia and its regions. The latest was Spain, this week and Japan in March 2019. Authorities in these countries had banned trips to Tunisia following a wave of terror attacks on the Bardo National Museum and a beach resort in the city of Sousse.

African Tourism Board officials congratulated Tunisia to be a positive example of resilience in tourism.