Dutch travel sector steers clear of Tunisia
Travel agents Thomas Cook and TUI have called a halt to tourist travel from the Netherlands to Tunisia, due to the political unrest in the North African country. Tour groups had been scheduled to depart for Tunisia on Saturday, a popular winter holiday destination. Travellers affected will be given the opportunity to alter their booking or get their money back.
In the early hours of Friday morning, a plane landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport carrying 148 Dutch passengers who had been on holiday in Tunisia when the rioting broke out. Forty of them had booked with Thomas Cook, 80 with TUI and 12 with OAD.
Thomas Cook hopes to repatriate around another 40 tourists today. They include a group of ten tourists in the area around the city of Monastir which the organisation had been unable to contact until now. The organisation also wants to bring around 30 holidaymakers on the island of Djerba back to the Netherlands earlier than planned. A spokeswoman says the situation there is also becoming less stable.
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