Tunisia: Tourism Suffers Three Years After Major Terror Attacks

From the Daily Mail:
Ranging from perfectly preserved to in ruins these resorts in Tunisia, that were abandoned after terrorist attacks in 2015, are a clash between ‘post-apocalyptic’ and forgotten elegance.

Still laid out in all their grandeur, the hotel’s white lobbies and dining halls remain laden with chairs, tables and couches that were once used by thousands of guests.

The decline in tourism in Tunisia came after a spate of terror attacks in 2015, where 71 people were killed in multiple incidents.

The worst of that year occurred on June 26, when 38 foreign tourists, including 30 British nationals, were killed in an attack on Port El Kantaoui near Sousse – many of the hotels have stood empty since.

Stunning chandeliers hang from the ceilings and facilities, from a fully-equipped bar to massage tables and spa rooms, remain intact apart from a heavy coating of dust.

Outside, the magnificent Moorish-design courtyards remain impressive yet overgrown in their abandonment, with green pond-like liquid lying in the pools, Jacuzzis and water features.

Urban explorer Bob Thissen, from Heerlen, The Netherlands, visited the sites after the country was declared a no-fly zone, and where some of the hotels closed as early as 2008. A state of emergency was first declared in Tunisia three years ago.

Advice from the UK Government states: ‘Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia’, listing eight extremist activities.

Bob said: ‘It was crazy to walk alone in such big resorts where thousands of tourists used to spend their holidays. It was so silent.

‘It’s like a lost paradise. The pools have dirty green water, are half filled with sand and vegetation, or just the salt is left inside the saltwater pools.

‘The normally perfect swept paths are now full of sand and covered with dead palm leaves.

‘The outdoor animation buildings are falling apart, bars are empty, and the playground equipment appears lonely.

‘All resorts were completely different, from perfect condition to completely ruined. I liked the post-apocalyptic exteriors with the pools the most.

‘It’s crazy that these sized resorts are abandoned. Most resorts have multiple outdoor and indoor pools.

‘It was a big contrast to see these abandoned decaying hotels against the beautiful blue water beaches.’

The decline in tourism in Tunisia followed a spate of terror attacks in 2015, where 71 people were killed in three incidents.

The worst of that year occurred in June, when 38 foreign tourists, including 30 British nationals, were gunned down on the beach during an attack on Port El Kantaoui….

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