Tunisia: tourism receipts up 43% at end of May to over 1.5 billion dinars

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    Tunisia’s international tourist receipts amounted to 1.55 billion dinars at the end of the first five months of the year, compared with 1.08 billion a year earlier, i.e. a growth of 466 million dinars or more than 43%, according to data from the Central Bank of Tunisia.

    This growth is partly due to the exchange rate effect, since the dinar depreciated by 9% against the euro between the end of May 2018 (1 euro = 3.054 dinars) and the end of May 2019 (1 euro = 3.328 TND).

    Compared to the dollar, the national currency depreciated by 15.7% from 2.574 dinars to 2.980 dinars between the two dates.

    Tourism sector indicators for the current year show a clear improvement. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the number of arrivals in Tunisia increased by 14.5% until May 10, compared to the same period last year, reaching more than 2.44 million foreign visitors.

    The Tunisian tourism recorded good figures last year with nearly 8.3 million foreign visitors having stayed in Tunisia, compared to 7 million in 2017.

    For the current year, the Ministry of Tourism expects 9 million tourists.

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