Tour operator Thomas Cook France plans to quadruple the number of tourists visiting Tunisia to reach 25 to 30 thousand visitors, its president Nicolas Delord announced at the opening of the congress of the largest tour operator in Europe Monday in Djerba, TAP reported.
The year 2018 will see the return of the destination Tunisia, he pointed out, adding that Thomas Cook plans to open three hotel units, also this year, one in Djerba and two in Hammamet.
Three hundred tour operators are participating in this congress, which continues until January 11, 2018, TAP said.
This is a major promotional operation for the destination Tunisia and an opportunity for delegates to learn about the tourist product in Djerba and in the neighboring sites in Medenine and Tataouine, Néji Ben Othman, director general of the National Tourist Office.
The organisation of this congress shows the return of confidence of the French in the destination Tunisia, he said, especially since this market saw a remarkable growth in the number of French tourists (+ 46%), totalling 570 thousand arrivals in 2017 , TAP Noted.
This revival was accompanied by the revival of the German market and the lifting of restrictions from the UK market.
More than 7 million tourists chose to spend their holidays in Tunisia in 2017, up 23%, compared to 2016, according to TAP.
In a statement to the Independent last July, Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of Thomas Cook, said: “The Foreign Office came to the conclusion that it is again safe to travel. We are setting up a really good-quality offer for Tunisia and this is going to take some time. I suppose that we are going to start during the winter season, but more towards the spring.”
Prior to the ban, Thomas Cook was the market leader to Tunisia, sending more than 200,000 passengers a year, the Independent said.