Tourists returning to Tunisia

If they haven’t already begun doing so, tourists will soon be returning to Tunisia. Travelmole reports today on renewed interest in traveling to Tunisia following the uprisings that first rocked the north African country in December.

The key fact behind this development is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s decision last Friday to lift its warning advising against all but essential travel to Tunisia. The FCO is the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To say that the FCO’s travel warnings are trusted would be an understatement. Tripadvisor saw a 19 percent increase in interest in Tunisia in the days following the warning revision.

Several big UK tour operators announced earlier this week that they would resume selling package vacations to Tunisia in the days following the warning revision. First Choice, Thomas Cook, and Thomson will reestablish normal flight schedules by the first week of March at the latest. This development will do much to comfort prospective tourists that Tunisia is a safe place to travel.

But even as the FCO officially deems Tunisia to be safe and UK tour operators opt for a return to normalcy, caution prevails elsewhere. Disney decided to cancel Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney sea and land packages to Tunisia earlier this week.

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