Tunisia - A Revived Holiday Destination
Tunisia is understandably struggling with its image overseas after the 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bardo museum in Tunis and the beach in Port El Kantaoui, north of Sousse. As foreign governments, including the UK, advised their citizens against travelling to the country, the tourism trade, so important to the Tunisian economy, dwindled to almost nothing. However, in the intervening two-and-a-half years, Tunisia has made great strides in implementing counter-terrorism measures. As a result, the UK Foreign Office has lifted its recommendation against travelling to the country, and both Thomas Cook and TUI are shortly once again to take holidaymakers to Tunisia.
Although perhaps best known in the UK for its package beach holidays, Tunisia also has a cornucopia of history – particularly Roman – for visitors to discover. In addition, it has some seriously impressive 5* hotels, offering golf and spa breaks that stand alongside the best of those currently offered elsewhere in the world. Both Thomas Cook and TUI include these holidays in their current offerings: for example, the SENTIDO Aziza Beach Golf and Spa in Hammamet. Many of the hotels are restricted to guests age 16+, making them perfect for those looking for peaceful, relaxing stays, away from the noise and bustle of family-orientated resorts.
The country’s consistently excellent climate makes it ideal for golfing breaks, and it has several world-class courses, which are, as yet, little known to UK golfers. It has also long been a centre for thalassotherapy. Derived from the Greek words for “sea” and “treatment” (“thalasso” and “therapia”), thalassotherapy aims to harness the healing powers of mineral-rich sea waters to treat conditions ranging from psoriasis to painful joints. Given the popularity of spa breaks and golfing holidays with UK holidaymakers, it makes a good deal of sense for the holiday industry to promote Tunisia as a destination. Not only are prices currently relatively low given the quality of the accommodation and facilities but the security focus on the country has arguably made it safer than many other comparable destinations.