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In 2017, travel and tourism accounted for 13 percent of Tunisia’s employment In 2017, travel and tourism accounted for 13 percent of Tunisia’s employment

North Africa Tourism Overcomes 2017 Challenges - WTTC

North African countries have overcome recent troubles to show signs of strong travel and tourism sector recovery, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.

In its latest Economic Impact Report, WTTC noted that overall North Africa travel and tourism growth during 2017 reached 22.6 percent, more than three times faster than any other world region and five times faster than the world average of 4.6 percent.

“Driving this growth was an excellent recovery in Egypt, where tourism’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 72.9 percent compared to 2016; and a strong but more muted recovery in Tunisia of 7.6 percent,” read a WTTC announcement. Additionally, WTTC highlighted the sector’s importance when driving economic growth, as travel and tourism generated USD21.1 billion of Egypt’s GDP (11 percent of total GDP), USD5.7 billion of Tunisia’s GDP (14.2 percent of total).

“With this strong recovery in 2017 and promising forecasts for 2018, particularly as major source markets such as the UK return to the region, with the resuming of charter flights, these countries are well on track to return to pre-crisis levels,” noted WTTC.