Trapped in a social crisis, Tunisia is trying to save itself from a tourist season that promises to alleviate – one more – from a worsening health condition. On 29 April, the country reopened its borders to tour operators, who transport for most holidays in Tunisia. However, deaths associated with Kovid-19 were still at a peak, and hospitalization increased the possibility of oxygen shortages, to the extent that the country announced a new one-week imprisonment in early May.
Since then, ten flights per week land at Enfidha Airport, which serves mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe to tourist cities such as Hammamet and Sauce. Typically marginal compared to Western European parties, this client had already taken a lifeline after the 2015 attacks at the Bardo Museum and Sous (60 dead, including 59 tourists), which brought this important region to its knees.
But we’re still a long way from the mark: Total revenue has dropped by 54% compared to the same period last year, yet already marked by an epidemic. This difference is more than 60% higher than in 2019, with 144 million euros as of 10 May, compared to 404 million euros two years ago.