An increase in visitor numbers is attracting investment to Tunisia.
At the recent AHIF conference in Kigali, Rwanda, ForwardKeys data revealed a 13.3-percent increase in arrivals to Africa for January to September, compared to the equivalent period last year. Egypt and Tunisia were leading the recovery after the health and security concerns of 2014 to 16 have begun to fade. Among the top 10 destinations, visitor numbers to Morocco and Tunisia were further boosted by visa exemptions for Chinese travelers.
Tunisia accounted for 6 percent of Africa’s international arrivals for the period. According to figures from the country’s central bank, the new visa regime with China saw visitors more than double between January and September.
Chinese Explores & UK Returners
China’s travelers were likely to be joined by those from the UK, after the country’s Foreign Office lifted a travel warning imposed after the terrorist attacks in Sousse in 2015. “We are planning to open Tunisia in the second half of winter and we are really wanting to carefully put together another program…served to Tunisia,” Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser told analysts.
New Luxury Hotels
According to several reports Thai-based Minor Hotels has announced plans to debut its luxury brand, Avani Hotels & Resorts, in North Africa with two hotels in Tunisia, in partnership with local developer Groupe Chaabane.
Scheduled to open in the coming months, Avani Les Berges Du Lac Tunis Suites will be located in Les Berges du Lac II, a commercial, residential and diplomatic area in the Tunisian Capital. The 41-key property will offer serviced apartments along with spa facilities. Currently in its design phase, the Avani Gammarth Tunis Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 and will have 250 guestrooms in a beachfront location.
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