Tunis, Tunisia-Officials say tourism revenues are rising, despite risks from I.S. and a weak dinar.
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Thanks to a massive security presence and advertising abroad some tourists have returned, helping boost revenues from the sector by 21 percent to $851.06 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to last year, according to central bank data.
Westerners are still reluctant to come back despite most countries having lifted travel warnings.
But hotels have managed to fill rooms with Algerians and Russians, the latter group avoiding Egypt since Islamic State downed a Russian plane in October 2015.
Alexander Maslenikov from Siberia, Russia said he was enjoying the temperatures, while Lidia Maslenikov approved of the whole resort.
“It’s cheap, good price, good time, good hotel, I like everything,” she said.
The Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay in Sousse – a tourist beach town located some 150km south of the capital Tunis – reopened this summer after undergoing a facelift, dropping even its old name, Imperial Marhaba.
“In terms of safety, we have taken a very big step forward,” said the hotel’s owner Zohra Driss. She says the hotel is fully booked until October.
Tourism accounts for about 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product, provides thousands of jobs and is a key source of foreign currency, but it has struggled since two major attacks in 2015.
“Revenues for the period from January to September 20 in Tunisian dinars increased by 21 percent, in euros, we recorded a slight increase of 6.4 percent,” said head of the national tourism office Neji Ben Othman.
TUNISIA Travel Advise – Exercise a high degree of caution
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Tunisia. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to the nationwide risk of civil unrest and terrorist attacks.
Exercise a high degree of caution
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