Russian tourists in Tunisia in 2019 may be 10-15% more

Tunisia opens borders at the end of June

On June 4, the last stage of lifting sanitary restrictions began throughout Tunisia. On June 27, Tunisia will open sea and air borders, which will allow receiving tourists from Europe and other countries.

Entry of Russian tourists to the resorts of Tunisia is currently not prohibited by the country's authorities. But today the citizens of the Russian Federation cannot travel because of the closed air communication with other countries. It is planned to open it with the CIS countries already on July 15, but with other countries the borders of Russia will be opened gradually, starting in August.

According to our estimates, it will be possible to fly to Tunisia in late July or early August. These terms are explained by the fact that the Russian government plans to open domestic tourism by 13 July. The experience of European countries shows that at least 2-3 weeks pass between obtaining a permit for internal travel and leaving the country. Also, these terms are indicated by the plans of Aeroflot, which plans to resume its active activity and start international transportation from August 1.

Forecast for the development of events TunisiaRussiaThe first case is March 4, January 31, Quarantine begins March 11, March 26, Recovered 90% 48% End of quarantine, June 4, July 12, Flights resumed June 27, August 1, Expected start of the season, August 1, 2020

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All tourists planning a vacation in Tunisia in July will have to complete three mandatory procedures:

  • Before boarding the plane - fill in special health-related forms. They will have to be presented at the border.
  • Provide a negative test for COVID-2019 upon entry, the deadline for which is no more than 72 hours before arrival in Tunisia.
  • Go through the temperature measurement procedure upon arrival at Tunis airport.

According to the "Ready & Safe" protocol, the following requirements and restrictions will be imposed on the operation of Tunisian hotels:

  • Loading of hotels no more than 50%
  • Mandatory thermometry at the hotel entrance
  • For tourists, masks are required only when traveling by bus
  • Enhanced hotel disinfection
  • Social distance:
    • at least 1 meter between people on beaches, children's clubs, sports centers
    • 2.5 meters in restaurants and cafes
    • in hotel elevators - no more than 2 people.
  • The number of people in the pool is limited to 3 square meters. m per person
  • The hotel's chefs will serve food on the plate at the buffet.

June 1 announced the opening of borders and airports from June 27.

The state of emergency has been extended until May 29. But it was introduced after the terrorist attack in 2015. The pandemic has nothing to do with this.

Tunisia resorts are planning to open the season in mid-May.

The charter program of one of the largest market players in Tunisia has been extended until March 2018. What and at what prices Tunisia can offer Russian travelers in winter and for the New Year, what kind of vacation to orientate a tourist to, Vestnik ATOR found out.

ANEXTOUR WILL FLY TO TUNISIA UNTIL MARCH

In October this year, the ANEX Tour tour operator extended the flight program to Djerbado at the end of January, and then, as it became known to ATOR Vestnik, until March. According to Yana Muromova, deputy general director of the tour operator ANEX Tour, told at the annual conference ANEX Boss Tour 2017, the decision to extend the flight program to Tunisia for the winter is directly related to the successful summer season for the company in this direction.

Tunisia enjoys steady popularity among Russian tourists who demonstrate loyalty and loyalty. Interestingly, even the opening of Turkey did not significantly affect the Russian tourist flow to Tunisia this summer. So, according to the representative of the Ministry of Tourism of the country Abderazak Azuzi, from January to the end of September 2017, more than 450 thousand Russian tourists have already visited the country. Recall that for the entire 2016, the country was visited by 624 thousand Russians. Mr. Azouzi also said that from April to October, more than 97 thousand trips were made to Tunisia through travel agencies alone.

This information is also confirmed by the management of the Magic Hotels chain: according to their data, in comparison with 2016, the number of Russian-speaking tourists has increased significantly. The chain representatives note the high attractiveness of the island of Djerba as a tourist destination in the winter season 2017-2018.

The 2017-2018 winter season will be the first for ANEX Tour in Tunisia. Until the beginning of March, 2 AZURair flights per week are planned from Moscow with the average cost of the tour remaining at the same summer level. The main tourist audience that the tour operator recommends offering Tunisia in winter is couples and single travelers. Especially those who appreciate the possibilities of recreation on vacation.

WHAT ATTRACTS TUNISIA IN WINTER

What is the uniqueness of the resort program of Tunisia in winter, and why take tourists there?

“The climate in Tunisia remains mild all year round, no matter what month tourists go here, they will in any case expect warm weather. Therefore, Tunisia is attractive for our compatriots in winter as well, ”- say representatives of ANEX Tour. If cold weather, snow and blizzards prevail in Russia at this time of the year, then pleasant weather reigns in this exotic country with an air temperature of about +15. Of course, this temperature is not suitable for a beach holiday and a swimsuit, but it is quite enough to drive away the winter depression.

Note that winter Tunisia is quite popular on the European market: primarily because it offers good opportunities for health tourism in terms of price and quality: thalassotherapy is well developed in Tunisia.

“For the Russian market so far, health tourism in general is not massive. One of the reasons is the generally high cost of such a vacation. Therefore, in Tunisia, we decided to bet on affordable health and SPA tourism, extending our charter program to Djerba Island for the winter, ”ANEXTour notes.

WHERE TO GET HEALTHY IN TUNISIA IN WINTER

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Tunisia is a former colony of France, so hotel staff speaks French more often than English. Some hotels, focusing on vacationers, hire Russian-speaking staff. The official language in Tunisia is Arabic.

Many Tunisians understand French, so if you want to say "hello" in Tunisia, you can use the French "Bonjour", and instead of "thank you" say "merci".

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The tourism authorities of Tunisia, following the Russian tour operators, have confirmed the stability of the Russian tourist flow to the country's resorts. At the end of 2019, the North African country hopes to increase the number of Russian arrivals.

TUNISIA WAITING FOR A RECORD

According to the Ministry of Tourism of Tunisia, in the first half of the year, the country received 3.8 million foreign tourists, which is 17% more than in the same period in 2018.

Along with the growth of the inbound flow, the revenues from the tourism sector, which provides 8% of the country's GDP, also increased. Compared to January-June 2018, receipts from the tourism sector increased by 42.5% and reached USD 692 million.

As the Minister of Tourism of Tunisia Rene Trabelsi commented on the results, this year the country expects to receive a record 9 million foreign visitors (in 2018 - 8.3 million tourists). According to him, the recent explosions in the capital of the country did not affect the demand in foreign markets: there were no cancellations of flight programs and cancellations of tours.

MORE RUSSIANS ARE WAITING FOR RESORTS OF TUNISIA

A similar stable situation with sales of tours to Tunisia was previously reported by tour operators. Following them, this information was confirmed by representatives of the Tunisian National Office for Tourism in Russia.

According to the Tunisian side, 210 thousand Russian tourists visited the country in the first 6 months of 2019, which corresponds to the figures for the same period in 2018. However, the tourist office of Tunisia in Russia draws attention to the fact that this statistics "captures" only the first third of the summer season: the main flow of Russian tourists falls on the period from July to September, where Tunisia hopes for a brighter dynamics. According to representatives of Tunisian tourism, with the existing volumes of tourist traffic from the Russian market to Tunisia as a whole in 2019, they hope for an increase in tourist traffic from the Russian Federation from 10 to 15%. As Vestnik ATOR previously reported, in 2018, about 600 thousand Russian tourists visited Tunisia.

THE SECOND RUSSIAN MARKET IN VOLUME OF ENTRY

According to the Tourism Office of Tunisia, this year the Russian market takes the second place in the incoming flow to the country, second only to France. At the same time, for Tunisia, in determining the importance of markets, it is of great importance not only the number of tourists, but also the average duration of their stay in the country. Last year, on average, Russians came to Tunisia for 10 days and spent a total of 6 million overnight stays in the country, which is the best indicator of any foreign market.

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Area: 163,610 km? ...

The greatest extent from north to south: 900 km.

The greatest extent from east to west: 330 km.

Population: 9 million people.

Under 15 years of age: 35%.

Population density: 56 people/km? ...

Population growth rate: 2.1%.

Unemployment rate: 16%.

Gross national product per capita: US $ 1900 per year.

The most important tourist capital of Tunisia is 1300 km of beaches and a climate that makes it possible to swim almost all year round. But not only this attracts tourists to Tunisia. The Bardo Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world, has one of the richest collections of Roman mosaics, the mosque in Kairouan is the oldest in North Africa, the palm trees in the oases near Shott el-Jerid give excellent dates, and the island of Djerba is home to the most important shrine of North African Jews - the synagon La Griba.

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