At the end of April the German government published the core elements of its tourism strategy. One of its three key objectives is for tourism to contribute to international stability. Tourism is a growth sector which makes an important contribution to economic and social stability in developing countries – particularly in Tunisia.
The unemployment rate in Tunisia is exceptionally high at 15 percent. Although the country’s economy is growing, that growth only amounted to a modest 2 percent in the challenging year of 2018. Tourism is all the more important in an economy that is beginning to recover. Visitor figures are back up to over eight million again for the first time since the revolution of 2010/11. Last year alone revenue from tourism rose by 50 percent. Economic figures underline how important this development is for Tunisia. Tourism accounts for 16 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product and 15 percent of the country’s employment.