Thomas Cook has taken the decision to not offer travel packages to Tunisia in 2017, citing ongoing security issues facing British travellers to the country.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential travel to the vast majority of Tunisia, and against all travel to troubled regions of the country including border areas with Algeria and Libya.
Commenting on the move, a spokesperson for Thomas Cook said: “We know this will be frustrating for our customers who have been looking forward to their holiday. All customers whose bookings have been affected by this decision are being contacted to arrange an alternative holiday, or a refund if necessary.
“The safety and well-being of our customers is our first priority, and we continue to monitor travel advice and keep our customers updated.”
Tunisia’s tourism sector has been hit hard by recent terrorist attacks at Tunis’ Bardo Museum, which killed 22 tourists, and in Sousse, which claimed 38 lives. The latter attack, which resulted in the deaths of 30 Britons, was the deadliest non-state attack in Tunisia’s modern history.
In an interview with local publication Tunisia Live, tourism analyst Moez Kacem estimated the value of business generated by Thomas Cook was worth £138m to the Tunisian economy, annually.