The summer holidays are coming soon and Tunisians are already dreaming of staying away from them and wanting to take advantage of it two years after the Kovid-19 epidemic. The lifting of restrictions due to the health crisis, especially the reopening of borders and easing of travel conditions, has enabled them to regain a taste of life and travel.
But not everyone is given the luxury of enjoying the sun, beach or blue sky abroad. Due to the health crisis and the devaluation of the Tunisian dinar (1DT = 0.31 € / 0.33 $), significant savings are required to opt for a vacation abroad. Good numbers don’t seem to slow down …
So what is the most popular destination for travelers this summer? What are the reasons behind the increase in travel expenses? Would flying through a travel agency be cheap? Genetnews has decided to take stock of the matter.
According to Chaima Mehrji, account manager of a well-known travel agency in Greater Tunisia, the agencies’ proposals have been adapted to the new conditions imposed by the economic and health crisis.
“Mid-budget consumers are quickly realizing that the American and European continents are almost inaccessible due to the fall of the dinar, declining wages, and inflation. For a couple or a family to get there, savings per person cost no less than 3500 DT, tickets from 800 to 1000 DT are included, 3/4 * at 1000DT, 5/6 night stay in LPD at the hotel, and the rest ie 1500DT “Converting them will cost about 600 euros.”
As a result, travelers want to travel to countries that do not require a visa because it costs between 141 and 422 DT, as well as a travel tax stamp that costs 60DT.
Turkey is on the list of most popular destinations for Tunisian customers. With 1 Turkish Lira which is equal to 0.18 DT, customers have booked extensively for Istanbul in winter. This summer, reservations have already begun, but more in coastal cities, such as Bodrum, Antalya or Trabzon, Chaima let us know.
The cost of staying in 3 to 4 * hotels ranges from 2000 DT to 3000 DT per person. These prices are calculated based on the air ticket price of around 850 and 1400 DT These funds can be easily disbursed over a period of 6 months and this is what most customers do to be able to get there, the account manager confirms.
Egypt also attracts a lot of customers, yet visa is required to enter this country. Directions Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh, El Ghardaka and Aswan, the guaranteed advantage in these cities is firstly the cost of living which is lower than in Tunisia. It costs at least 900 DT to stay in Egypt for 4 nights in low season. This package is calculated based on the air ticket price of 760 DT. Other more tourist cities are more expensive in the summer, the price of a one week stay ranging from 1200 to 3000DT, it all depends on the range of accommodation and the type of individual or group travel.
Travel is not so easy
We have also reached out to citizens who are ready to fly this summer. Among them was a newlywed couple who chose Zanzibar as their destination for their honeymoon.
According to Moez’s husband, this is their dream journey which he will finally realize in a few days. “I paid 10,000 dinars for two tickets and 10,000 dinars for a 7 night stay at a 4 * hotel and a safari in Tanzania. But to get there, I took out a bank loan ছাড়া without it, my savings as an engineer would be hard to come up with a salary of 2500 dt, ”he admits to us.
For another executive of an international pharmaceutical company, his last trip was a few years ago, in 2019, long before the epidemic. “I flew to Belgium and the euro was not that expensive at the time. It was enough that I got my bonus so I planned my next destination. Now I am satisfied with the business trip as part of my job. Otherwise, I will stay in Tunisia for the summer holidays. “
Gnetnews has contacted another retired couple who have chosen Bodrum as their destination for this summer. “We have taken advantage of captivity to save on this trip. This period has helped us a lot in limiting our spending. As a retiree, travel is the best way to break the routine, and we’re happy to take advantage of the Covid-19 after 2 years of captivity, fear and frustration … “, we told Saida (63).