Tunisia Welcomes Back UK Visitors
By Rupert Parker
Now the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) no longer advises against all but essential travel for Tunisia, UK holidaymakers will soon be returning to the North African country.
Although Tunisair has been operating its normal schedule since 17th January to Tunis, the major tour operators including Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice only resumed their flight schedules to Monastir on 27th February.
Anissa Ramoundi, the UK & Ireland Director for The Tunisian National Tourist Office says “Tunisia has experienced a period of political unrest and great change, however the situation has now calmed down. The tourist areas of Yasmine Hammamet and Port El Kantaoui were never at the heart of the protests, and Tunisians in these areas are looking forward to getting back to work and making sure our visitors have a wonderful time.”
Tunisia has long been a popular destination for UK holidaymakers, who come to enjoy its stunning coastline and beaches, discover its fascinating history and explore the unique beauty of the Sahara Desert. Last year saw an unprecedented rise in UK visitors to Tunisia with 353,282 arrivals, up 28% on 2009 and exceeding its previous record of 350,000 in 2006.
This year, the recent troubles saw hotels and beaches deserted but, if you book now, it’s possible to get great bargains before the crowds return. Only two and a half hours from the United Kingdom, Tunisia is closer than you think. For more information visit http://www.cometotunisia.co.uk/