Average expenditure per capita in Tourism sector estimated at TND1,110 (INS)

July 30, 2022

(TAP) - The average expenditure per capita in the tourism sector in Tunisia is estimated at about TND1,110 i.e. 345 €, based on the years 2018 and 2019, according to a synthesised macroeconomic analysis of the period 2018/2021 by the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) published by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS).

Accordingly, Tunisia is close in terms of tourism performance to the group of countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Poland (at an average of €400), reveals the TSA, which is a standard statistical framework and the main tool for the economic measurement of tourism.

Besides, the average expenditure on inbound tourism per capita in Morocco (around €655) is 1.8 times higher than that estimated for Tunisia (€360 or TND1,150).

As regards the European countries, the average domestic tourism consumption per capita stood at €2,500 in 2019.

This average is shared by countries such as France, Spain, Croatia, Malta, Italy and Portugal, while the Netherlands and Austria stand out with a per capita expenditure of €5,000 and €4,500 respectively, the same source indicates.

The structure of tourism demand continues to be dominated by the consumption of non-resident visitors (80%), the INS adds, specifying that in the tourism satellite account, demand is subdivided into specific and non-specific tourism products, including restaurant services, transport and accommodation.

According to this analysis, an increasingly important place is given to visitors from the Maghreb countries in Tunisia which are likely to shape the tourist consumption by product.

According to the INS, domestic or resident visitors have contributed to cushion the fall recorded in 2020 and to support, to some extent, the recovery of the activity in 2021, and this, in spite of their relatively moderate weight in the total expenditure.

Nevertheless, total demand remains well below its pre-COVID-19 levels (barely half of that estimated for 2019).

And in a particularly uncertain international economic context, a full recovery in tourism activity would probably wait until 2023, the same source estimates.


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