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Open skies agreement increases investor interest in Tunisia

As a consequence increased air passenger arrivals to the northern most African country are expected and a new airport at Enfidha, located on Tunisia's 'Gold Coast' between Hammamet and Sousse is being constructed to meet the anticipated demand.

Tunisia has become a burgeoning tourist destination for Brits over the last couple of years recording 7 million tourists in 2007 and a 71% increase in bookings in 2008 according to And the popularity of mid-haul, non euro zone destinations such as Tunisia shows no sign of abating in 2009 as more and more holidaymakers look for reliable climates and high quality amenities at affordable prices.

Tunisia already offers scheduled flights to the UK with British Airways and the national flag carrier, Tunisair, as well as charter flights from Monarch and First Choice amongst others however the introduction of the Open Skies Agreement will offer visitors a greater choice of carrier including low cost airlines.

Enfidha airport, due to be completed in October 2009, will be Tunisia's ninth airport with an initial capacity of 7 million passengers rising to a reported 20 million by 2020. Steve Worboys, MD of Experience International, emerging property market experts, comments,

"The confirmation of the Open Skies Agreement can only be good news for Tunisia. We have seen tourism demand rise significantly over the last couple of years and now holidaymakers will find it even easier and more affordable to visit this beautiful country."

Mr Worboys continues, "And it is not only British holidaymakers who have discovered the appeals of Tunisia. This market, especially around the Port of El Kantaoui has become one of our most sought after property investment destinations and with studio apartments located in a low rise 5* gated community, the Dunes, available from just £22,266 and a recently announced minimum 6% rental guarantee it's not hard to see why."