What now for Tunisia?

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The ferry from DJerba to the mainland carries tourists but fewer recently. When will they return?

The ferry from DJerba to the mainland carries tourists but fewer recently. When will they return?

With the withdrawal of many tour operators from Tunisia, at least in the short term, what is the future for Tunisian tourism?

The decision by the Foreign Office to advise all British tourists to leave Tunisia resulted in tour operators cancelling holidays there and switching holidaymakers elsewhere. Monarch Airlines, for example, chose to lay on extra flights to Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga. Some tour operators have added capacity in Turkey and Bulgaria as an alternative to Spain.

In Tunisia itself, they are feeling the brunt of fewer of us around although German and French tour operators are still sending holidaymakers to the country. But the Brits filled a lot of hotels in the major resorts and the country wants us back as soon as possible.

That may not be too far away. Local press comment in Tunisia suggests that our government is softening its stance. The British ambassador to Tunisia has suggested that additional security measures are being put in place and once those are up and running, our Foreign Office could remove its advisory note making it possible to travel there again.

But even if that ban was removed next week, the large tour operators have moved away. Could they quickly find capacity to send British tourists to the country? The Tunisians will be hoping that they can

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