French tourists avoid Tunisia after traveler’s beheading in nearby Algeria

BERLIN (Reuters) Tunisia lost about a third of its French tourist bookings canada goose uk to cancellation canada goose clearance sale shortly after the beheading 2018 canada goose outlet last month of a French traveler by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria, the country tourism minister said on Monday.

Increased political unrest and militant violence in North Africa since the canada goose coats on sale Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 have hit Canada Goose Outlet tourism in a region known mainly for its fine Mediterranean beaches and long popular with French travelers.

three days we saw 30 cheap Canada Goose percent of bookings canceled, Tourism Minister Amel canadian goose jacket Karboul told journalists on the sidelines of a tourism conference in Berlin. a shame Canada Goose Parka because October is normally a strong month for tourists from France.

Tourism accounts for 7 percent of Tunisia gross domestic product.

Tunisia is due to buy canada goose jacket hold a parliamentary election on Oct. 26 and a presidential ballot in November. Its relatively peaceful transition towards full democracy after autocrat Zine canada goose black friday sale el Abidine Ben Ali fall to mass protests three years ago has earned Tunisia plaudits as a Canada Goose sale model for change in the region.

even if we as a Canada Goose Online country manage to be 100 percent Canada Goose Jackets safe, we canada goose outlet store locations are not immune to the effects buy canada goose jacket cheap created by the region we in, Karboul said.

In the first canada goose store nine months Canada Goose Coats On Sale of 2014, tourist arrivals to Tunisia from France, its main source of holidaymakers, were down 6 percent, canada goose replica ministry figures show. Arrivals from Europe as a whole declined 2.1 percent, although canada goose coats overall international arrivals were up 0.2 percent.

To try and reassure tourists and keep Tunisia safe, the government has doubled the canada goose number of security forces at the borders, increased officialcanadagoosesoutlet checks on those arriving from militant prone Libya Canada Goose online and Algeria and installed more cameras in tourist destinations, according to Karboul.

The Tunis government is also trying to ease visa procedures to encourage tourism from regions such as eastern Europe where travelers are less likely to canada goose outlet toronto factory be deterred by unrest, she added.

Algeria has also canada goose deals stepped up security measures. The state news agency APS said at the weekend that government troops had killed canada goose clearance eight suspected militants in the eastern Bouira region while tracking an al Qaeda splinter group that abducted and decapitated French tourist Herve Gourdel.