Increasing numbers of Brits are booking cheap flights to Tunisia, a trend that has seen the country’s national airline launch extra services.
According to figures from the Tunisian National Tourist Office, there was a 29 percent increase in UK arrivals to the north African country in January to September compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, Tunisair reported a 20 percent increase in passenger numbers so far this year. To keep up with demand, it launched new flights to Djerba, an island off Tunisia’s coast, from London Gatwick.
A total of 201,076 British holidaymakers travelled to Tunisia in the first nine months of this year, a figure that’s predicted to increase further in 2011.
Anissa Ramoundi, the Tunisian National Tourist Office’s UK & Ireland director, said demand was increasing despite the recent recession.
"Tunisia has something for everyone from those looking for high end luxury hotels to families looking for great value all-inclusive resorts to cultural tourists wanting to discover more about the Roman Empire," she commented.
The UK, France, Italy and Germany traditionally make up Tunisia’s four main tourism markets.