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Tourism rebounds - in France and Tunisia

In the Paris region tourist visits and revenues in the sector increased sharply, tourism authorities said on Tuesday as they released figures for the first half of 2017.

Hotel stays by foreign tourists rose 14.9 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the Paris region tourism committee.

The figures show a clear rebound after a drop following the terrorist attacks that hit France in 2015 and 2016. The 7.6 million hotel stays by overseas visitors represent the highest figure for that tally since 2008.

Stays by French tourists were also up 6.4 per cent, at 8.9 million. The total tourists spent in the region was estimated at 10.1 billion euros ($11.9 billion), a growth of 10.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

Even Tunisia picks up

Two years after the attacks on vacationers in Tunisia, tourism is also bounding back in the country. Since the beginning of the year, turnover in the sector grew by 19 percent to a total of 521 million euros, said Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Loumi on Tuesday.

From the beginning of 2017 through August 10, 4.58 million foreign tourists visited the North African country. The number of European visitors increased by 16 percent.

ak/eg (dpa, Reuters)