Destruction of 6,300 jobs in tourism sector (2008-2016) | Tunisia News Gazette

Destruction of 6,300 jobs in tourism sector (2008-2016)

The tourism sector has destroyed 6,300 jobs, cumulatively, over the period 2008-2016, said the Tunisian Economy Observatory, based on data from the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT).

The Tunisian Economy Observatory shows how job creation in the tourism sector is exposed to fluctuations in external demand from historical target markets (mostly European).

Thus, the job destruction phase was triggered by the 2009 crisis (subprime crisis) and worsened after the 2011 revolution, until 2012 with a cumulative loss of 21,000 jobs over 3 years.

Subsequently, between 2013 and 2014, the tourism sector created almost 20, 000 jobs, thus making it possible to fill the job losses suffered since 2009.

In 2015, the year of terrorist attacks in tourist areas, the tourism sector destroyed more than 21,000 jobs, thus erasing the recovery of the previous two years.

Tunisia had experienced two bloody attacks during the year, targeting tourists, the first at the Bardo Museum in March and the second in a hotel in Sousse in June.

For the year 2017, the premises for a recovery in the tourism sector are emerging. Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik announced that around 3.5 million tourists visited Tunisia until July, noting that Tunisia has been able to recover traditional markets, of the French market, which still occupies the top spot in terms of European tourist arrivals.

Source: TAP News Agency

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