Tunisia expects revenues from tourism to rise two percent by yearend despite the global economic downturn, Tourism Minister Khalil Lajimi said.

Tourism is the country’s top foreign currency earner and business is its biggest employer after farming, he told a press conference, adding that revenues from tourism reached a record of USD 2.7 billion in 2008 with seven million tourists visiting the north African country.

Tunisia’s tourism revenues rose two percent to USD 2.5 billion in the previous 11 months of this year, Lajimi noted, saying “we expect revenue to rise by two percent and number of tourists to decline by two percent for the whole year of 2009.” “That rise in tourism revenues, despite a drop in the number of tourists, means that the tourist spending rate had increased. It is a positive indicator in the light of the global crisis,” he said.
Source: KUNA