With some five million foreigners visiting the country in 2000, tourist arrivals in Tunisia rose by 4.7-percent over the past year, reported the minister of tourism, Mondher Zenaidi, and If anything, the growth trend is expected to continue.
According to Zenaidi, compared to the same period in 2000, tourism rose by 9.8 percent during the first quarter of the year 2001. Furthermore, he added, 28 percent of the tourists were visiting the country for their second time or more.
Tourism is a vital component of the Tunisian economy, accounting for more than 50 percent of the Gross National Product. The sector provides a living for 36 percent of the Tunisian workforce, with 44,000 people directly working in the sector, and 300,000 people indirectly involved. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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