first_imgAfter a turbulent 2011, Tunisia’s tourism revenues for the first quarter of 2012 have jumped by 36 percent, compared to the same period last year. Tourism Minister Elyes Fakhfakh announced tourism receipts reached 1.15 billion dinars (around 575 million euros) during the first quarter of this year, AFP reported.“The number of overnight stays during this period surged by 74 percent to 11 million, but they still remained 20 percent lower than in the first quarter of 2010,” Mr Fakhfakh said.Tunisia’s National Tourist Office (ONTT) director Habib Ammar said revenues were down 13 to 15 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010.“Our objective is to recover the figures of 2010 in 2013, its impossible to come back in just one year, after the catastrophic year of 2011,” Mr Ammar said.The latest figures reveal that Tunisia has received a positive 52.8 percent growth in visitor arrivals in the first three months of 2012.Additionally, the number of visitor arrivals for the first six months of this year was also up by 41 percent compared with the same period last year of 2.4 million.According to ONTT Tunisia’s tourism growth is helped by the French, with 8.7 million overnight stays in 2010, followed by the Germans with 5.3million overnight stays. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img