Tunisia tourism revenues up 42.5 pct in H1

TUNIS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Tourism revenues in Tunisia rose by 42.5 percent in the first half of 2019, making up to 684.6 million dollars against 480.5 million dollars in 2018, the Tunisian government announced on Monday.



According to a government statement, the tourism sector shows clear improvement in the number of tourists and revenues.

The first half of 2019 recorded an increase of 16.7 percent in the number of tourists to reach around 3.8 million, compared to the same period of 2018.

The statement showed an increase of 22 percent of European tourists and 18.3 percent in the number of Maghreb tourists - Algerians, Moroccans, Libyans and Mauritanians.

According to the tourism and handicrafts ministry, Tunisia seeks to receive 9 million tourists in 2019, more than the 8 million of 2018.