Tunisia back on the map for Thomas Cook tours

Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

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Two flights carrying a total of 440 British tourists landed at Enfidha-Hammamet worldwide airport on Tuesday in a landmark return to Tunisia by the veteran tour operator Thomas Cook after an absence of three years.

Thomas Cook, one of Europe's biggest tour operators, will add flights from Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne in April and from Stansted in May.

Demand also went up the year before the Sousse attack.

Tourists were greeted with flowers, music and dancing after arriving in Tunisia on the first United Kingdom package holiday since the Sousse massacre in 2015.

The company did not stop selling package holidays to French, German and Belgian tourists after the Sousse attack.

British tourists started this week returning to Tunisia after the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, which claimed 38 lives, including 30 Britons, and left 39 wounded. The attack caused the UK Foreign Office to advise against travelling to Tunisia unless it was essential, though it has recently downgraded its warning.

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Earlier in 2015, former Black Country solicitor Sally Adey, who lived near Albrighton, was killed in an Islamic State attack at the Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital Tunis.

And now with United Kingdom tourists set to return to Tunisia, it has been reported that British security experts, including officers from MI6, have been helping the country to increase safety.

British tourists lay floral tributes on the beach after the attack.

As soon as the FCO decision was made public, travel agencies like Thomas Cook flew British tourists to Tunisian holiday resorts.

Last year, the number of tourists visiting Tunisia rose by some 23 percent as hotels filled beds with Russian and Algerian visitors, but operators say they spend less than Western European holidaymakers during their stay. Tunisia is once again proving to be a popular choice for a value for money holiday'.

"It's great news that Thomas Cook are welcoming visitors back to Tunisia", said Samir Ben Haj Fraj, 19, who was a passenger on the flight.

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