The North African nation was once a familiar favourite for British tourists.

But on June 26 2015 a gunman opened fire on a hotel beach in Sousse, killing 38 innocent people.

The terror attack radically changed the face of Tunisia, rendering once-thriving tourist areas complete ghost towns.

Despite a thorough investigation and extensive work between local and UK authorities, little progress has been made to revive the holiday destination.

Just this month the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) extended its state of emergency for Tunisia for another four months, wholly covering the duration of summer 2017.

The FCO advises against all travel to some areas of the country and all but essential travel to the rest.

Tunisia attack terror anniversary

Tunisia attack: Monday marks two years since the devastating terror attack which claimed 38 lives

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

It warned: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia. Security forces remain on a high state of alert in Tunis and other places. You should be vigilant at all times, including around religious sites and festivals.

“Follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities and your travel company, if you have one.

“Since the terrorist attack in Sousse in June 2015 which targeted tourists, the UK government has been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups in Tunisia.

“The Tunisian government has put in place additional security measures, but the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, including in neighbouring Libya.”

There are currently no direct flights between the UK and Monastir or Enfidah airports on the advice of the British government.

Tunisia attack terror anniversary

Tunisia attack – the FCO has extended the state of emergency for the once-thriving holiday resort

Despite the travel restrictions, almost 9,000 UK nationals visited Tunisia between January and May this year.

The Tunisian National Tourism Office figures revealed an encouraging boost to tourism for the country in 2017, but most of these visitors were non-European.

Of the 17 per cent that were from Europe, 31.1 per cent were French and 45.1 per cent were German.

Afif Kchok, President of the Tunisia Tourism Observatory, said: “Even though the tourism forecast for 2017 looks promising, we must exercise some caution. In fact, despite a certain amount of improvement, Tunisia’s image abroad remains sensitive.”

Frank Brehany from holiday watchdog Holiday Travel Watch said the current state of emergency is unsurprising.

Tunisia attack terror anniversary

Tunisia attack: 30 British holidaymakers were gunned down on a beach in Sousse in June 2015

He added: “It is clear that the Tunisian Government is taking all necessary steps to protect its citizens against any actual or potential threat.

“Whilst I have every sympathy for and understanding for those who rely on tourism for their income, it is absolutely imperative that tourism is not exposed to the threat of terror.

“Travel companies and our own government need to heed those concerns and demonstrate that lessons have indeed been learnt from the awful events in 2015.

“I can only hope that one day we will experience a return to normality and that the people of Tunisia will be able to welcome people into their country again.”

Over the past two years security has been heavily increased at Tunisian beach resorts, to urge British tourists to come back.

Source of Travel News

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