“The forecasts indicate that tourism will resume from May or June of the year 2021, but on the other hand, the tour operators wonder about the vaccination schedule of Tunisia”, confirmed, this Friday, February 19, 2021 at the microphone of Express FM radio, Mohamed Jarad, director of one of the hotel units in Djerba (Radisson Blue).
He added that the epidemiological situation is a fundamental factor and has a direct link with the return of the tourism sector, adding that the World Tourism Organization has assessed the year 2020 as the worst in the history of world tourism.
Mohamed Jarad explained: “ In 2020, we are back to the same level as 30 years ago. And global tourism has lost a billion tourists and $ 1.3 trillion in revenue. “And to stress that tourism is the economic sector most affected by Covid 19:” In Tunisia, we recorded a 64% drop in income, a 69% drop in the number of tourists and an 80% drop in overnight stays.. “
The guest from Espresso added that in 2015 and 2016, with the terrorist strikes the country experienced, people in the industry believed tourism had had its worst years, but the Coronavirus crisis made the crisis worse. Regarding the situation in Djerba, Mohamed Jarad explained that the island had recorded a 74% drop in the number of tourists, but nevertheless, in 2020, it attracted 24% of tourists, 45 of whom were European tourists: 54% of French tourists, 33% of Germans and 31% of Libyans.
In addition, Mohamed Jarad stressed that Djerba is also registering its presence in domestic tourism, attracting 14% of Tunisians, noting that the Tunis-Medenine highway, which should be inaugurated in the coming months, will make Djerba more and more a flagship destination for Tunisians, adding: “We have no other choice than optimism. “