Holidaying in Tunisia

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Before the end of the Tunisian regime last week, Tunisia had been tipped as one of the possible hot destinations in 2011. It had been stable for much of the last couple of decades, it was outside the eurozone, it was tourist friendly and catered for them well. There were resorts that welcomed children and provided all year entertainment to visitors. In short it had a lot going for it. What will be the appeal to us to go there this summer?
People’s memories are notoriously short when it comes to events outside their control. Bad service is remembered. Lack of cleanliness is remembered. Transport difficulties are remembered but will a revolution be forgotten quickly? After the elections that the interim president has called will it be considered again by British tourists?
Tourism is very important to Tunisia for both the income it brings and the jobs it creates and maintains. The tourist board will be working hard as soon as the election is over to persuade us that, for tourists, everything will be fine. MENATA, the newly formed Middle East and Africa Travel Association, says that troubles in Tunisia shouldn’t deter people from travelling to other Arab countries. And says their director, Peter Lilley, ”once stability is restored, there’s every chance that business will quickly bounce back.” He also says that the travelling public is more pragmatic. Will they be pragmatic enough to go for the discounted offers that will surely be on sale when the election is over and stability is apparent? And there will be discounts. Tunisia can’t afford to lose its tourism business. British Airways is still running services. Already there is less coverage in the media. Only Jet2 have announced the cancellation of their entire summer holiday business – a welcome decision as this now gives those that had booked plenty of time to still find other good deals before the high prices kick in.
Thomas Cook was very quick to bring British holidaymakers home and Thomson and First Choice were just a day behind. Cosmos was just as speedy and it is thought only those travelling independently remained in the country. This fast response will, on the whole, help potential visitors since there will be few horror stories around.
But in the short term, Tunisia is going to miss the tourists badly

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