Tunisia’s tourism sector is struggling to recover following militant attacks earlier this year. So far at least 70 hotels in Tunisia have been forced to close since September, and there are significant fears for the future of the industry.
The tourism sector is vital for Tunisa’s economy, employing about 400,000 people out of the country’s population of 10 million. It accounts for 10 percent of the gross domestic product. The industry has taken a hit following militant attacks in the country…the once-bustling streets of Tunis are quiet. Shop owners are waiting to see if next year will bring more customers.
Violence has scared away many foreign tourists. Gunmen killed 38 people at a Sousse beach resort in Junen and 21 died at the hands of extremists when they launched an attack on the Bardo Museum in March. But shopkeepers say one nationality is still visiting Tunisia, Algerians!
The Tunisian central bank has estimated tourism revenues this year are down 76 percent since 2010. The Tunisian Government is appealing for better international action following extremist attacks.