Tunisian tourism is on the rise

Tourism in Tunisia and across North Africa took a dive following the numerous uprisings and riots.

But it appears that it may be returning to a favoured holiday destination by us Brits.

The TripAdvisor website said there was a 19 percent rise in traffic for Tunisia in the four days after the foreign office downgraded the travel warning for the country.

The Foreign Office removed the warning on Friday, which had advised against all but essential travel to the troubled country.

Many tour operators that had cancelled package holidays to Tunisia and Egypt are now reconsidering resuming them.

Flights are expected to re-start next month.

Emma O’Boyle, of TripAdvisor said: “”It is always important to check with the Foreign Office before travelling but this is encouraging news for British travellers and tour operators, as well as the Tunisian travel industry.”

Tour operator Thomas Cook plans to start back up its flights to Tunisia in May.

Their cancellations totalled 150,000 during the North African uprisings. Of the cancellations 110,000 were to Egypt and 40,000 to Tunisia.

The group confirmed that disturbances in these two destinations would cost about £20m in the second quarter of its fiscal year.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, CEO of Thomas Cook Group said: “Business is doing well despite disruptions caused by unrest in Tunisia and Egypt.”

And in Egypt the popular Red Sea resorts are now considered a safe place to holiday again.

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister, said: “The situation in Egypt remains fluid and we still advise against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez.

“The situation in the Red Sea resorts remains calm. There’s no evidence that there’s anything in the Red Sea resorts which would lead to concern.

“We will keep this under regular review. The safety and security of British Nationals remains at the forefront of our minds.”

Sarah Taylor