Major tour operators resume services to Tunisia from UKTunisia is welcoming back more UK holidaymakers this week (13 March) as TUI resumes its schedules to the North African destination.
The operator follows hot on the heels of Thomas Cook, which started flying customers into the country on 2 March.
The return of tourists to Tunisia’s most popular resorts has been welcomed by locals, and is a sign that stability is returning to the country which last year enjoyed an unprecedented 28% rise in UK visitors.
The major tour operators follow in the footsteps of independent Tunisia specialists Just Sunshine and Tunisia First, who flew back in February, and Tunisia’s national carrier Tunisair, which has been operating its normal schedule since 17 January.
The Tunisian National Tourist Office says the country promises to be an interesting place to visit after the Jasmine Revolution, with Tunisians keen to return to business and eager to share their stories and love for their country.
“For the majority of Tunisians, the revolution has been very positive, allowing people the chance to speak freely for the first time.” says Anissa Ramoundi, the UK & Ireland Director for The Tunisian National Tourist Office.
“Having just returned myself, I would say visitors will receive an even warmer welcome as Tunisians are positive about the future and keen to ensure their visitors have wonderful holidays.”
“The UK market is incredibly important for Tunisia and I hope that British visitors will support us as we get back on our feet.”
Since the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office amended its travel advice for Tunisia on 4 February, some tour operators have reported a surge of interest in the destination.
“We have already seen a strong increase in enquiries and bookings,” says Can Deniz, Managing Director of Just Sunshine.
“Within 48 hours of the restrictions being lifted our first clients arrived in Tunisia.”