Tunisia holidays resume after terror attack

Tunisia holidays resume after terror attack

Thirty-eight tourists, including 30 Britons, were killed in June 2015 when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

Thomas Cook said its flight and holiday programme will begin with three weekly flights to Enfidha from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham.

This will expand to include Glasgow from April and Newcastle and London Stansted from May.

It comes after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) eased its travel advice last summer for the capital Tunis and major tourist resorts in the North African country.

But it continues to caution against all travel and all but essential travel to some areas of the country, including those closer to the Libyan border, warning that terrorists are still very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia.

Thomas Cook resumed holiday sales to UK customers in August 2017, with managing director Chris Mottershead saying Tunisia has been a popular destination for decades and with our first three flights sold out, there is an appetite from our customers.

It did not stop selling holidays to French, German and Belgian tourists after the Sousse attack as their governments did not advise their citizens against travelling to Tunisia.

In 2014, some 440,000 people from the UK visited Tunisia, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Demand also went up the year before the Sousse attack.

The Islamic State terror group said it was behind Rezgui’s massacre.

News Source SkyNews

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