People, Travel

Tunisia Revenues Tumble

Tunisia Revenues TumbleTunisia Revenues Tumble

Tunisia’s central bank said on Thursday tourism revenue in the first two months in 2016 fell by 54% to 182 million dinars ($90.21 million) compared with the same period of 2015. The decline follows two major attacks by extremists last year that targeted the industry and killed dozens of foreigners, Reuters reported. The tourism revenue in 2015 as a whole fell by 35% to 2.35 billion dinar ($1.15 billion) Tunisia, for which foreign tourism is an important contributor to gross domestic product, has been under a state of emergency since last year’s attacks claimed by the self-described Islamic State. Tourism industry accounts for some 7% of Tunisia’s GDP. Thirty-eight people were killed by a gunman at a hotel in Sousse on the Mediterranean coast in June, three months after 21 tourists were killed by gunmen attacking the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis.