The Director General of the Tunisian National Bureau of Tourism, Mohamed Moez bin Hussein, revealed that the number of Libyan tourists coming to Tunisia decreased by 56% during the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
Bin Hussein said, "In 2019, Tunisia received nearly five million expatriates from Algeria and Libya," highlighting the importance of the neighboring markets in stimulating tourist movement in Tunisia, according to Radio Mosaique FM. The remarks of the Tunisian official came during a symposium on the mechanisms and procedures necessary for the advancement of the tourism sector following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bin Hussein discussed the measures taken by the Tunisian government to mitigate the negative effects of the virus, to preserve the tourism related economic institutions and the signing of an agreement with the Tunisian General Labor Union in order to ensure the salvation of the currency during the months of the epidemic.
The Central Bank of Tunisia revealed a decline in financial returns for the tourism sector during the first half of this year by 47%, compared to the same period last year. Stressing that the closure of the Tunisian borders to foreigners for a period of more than three months directly affected revenues in hard currency.
After a hiatus of more than three months, the first charter tourist trip with 155 European tourists arriving from France, Germany and Luxembourg landed on Saturday. In early July, the Tunisian authorities declared "victory" over the virus, as the daily infection rate fell to less than 15 infections a day.