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Tunisia: tourism is slow to recover

The latest figures published by the Tunisian National Tourist Board show mixed results for the destination on the first five months of 2014.

While tourism results on the first quarter 2014 looked promising (see our article), the balance on five months is less encouraging. According to the Tunisian National Tourist Board (ONTT), on the period from January to May global arrivals of non-residents in the country pays are down by 2.9% with respect to last year, falling below two million.

European markets fall short with a 2% drop in arrivals from the Old Continent, to 717,014 tourists from 731,943 last year. The strongest drops concern visitors from France (-8.2%), Germany (-2.2%) and Great Britain (-2.9%). According to the Tunisian Hotel Federation (FTH), European nights follow the same trend, falling 2% on the period.

Inversely, figures on the Maghreb market are growing. They fed tourism activity at the destination with some 1.2 million arrivals, or 6.1% more than during the same period last year. Algeria and Morocco played a key role for the sector with growth in their occupancy by 33.2% and 14% respectively.

In light of these results, the Tunisian Hotel Federation is more optimistic about the government's goal to raise the tourism indicators to regain the levels of 2010, for 7 million tourist arrivals.

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