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Package holidays

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Package holidays

I contacted Thomas Cook and was told it is likely to be spring 2018 before package holidays were available and they would probably to a big re-launch. I got a similar answer from Thomsons.

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Press releases today from UK travel companies.

Thomson,Thomas Cook and Monarch have not stated if and when they will return to Tunisia.

They all said they were considering re-launching programmes, but did not say how soon.

Thomas Cook said:

"We'll take a bit of time to look at how and when we put this once-popular destination back on sale and we will update our customers when have any further news."

Thomson said it would take into account customer demand before re-introducing Tunisia for future seasons.

Monarch said it was assessing whether to return to the destination.

Edited: 27 July 2017, 21:41
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Thanks for the information.

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Thanks for the information.

Regards

Sheri

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The last time travel restrictions were in place was during the Tunisian Revolution (Arab Spring) January 2011.

Both Cook and Thomson suspended charters during that time.

Now that only lasted about 3 months,yet it took quite some time before customer confidence was such that both these companies were able to get back to a "normal service"

By that i mean flying from a number of UK airports with increased flights.

This time round it's been two years (not two/three months) since these companies have carried holidaymakers to the resorts.

The other issue is rooms !!

There will have to be a lot of dealings with hotel owners to get rooms. That may take some time.

A number of hotels regulars would be familiar with are now and have been for some time leasing hotels to Eastern European travel agents.

Particularly Russian travel companies as Russia had "banned" its citizens from going to Turkey and Egypt.

Hundreds of thousands of Russian visitors have been going to Tunisia these past two years

So new contracts by UK operators will have to be negotiated.

However, i think there are still hotels that have been "mothballed" since 2015 and it may or is the case these were used by TC and Thomson

Just my take on it

I am actually surprised the ban has been lifted at this time.

But that is another debate/issue for another time

Slainte

Mick

PS

I removed the other post, as i was unable to edit errors on time

Edited: 27 July 2017, 22:16
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6. Re: Package holidays

Great information guy's

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This is great cos i really miss the place and the people !

I already have another holiday to Morocco planned for next Autumn but if holidays to Sousse are up and running by Easter i may have to find a way to save for a week there.

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Tour operators’ programmes will already be planned for the rest of 2017, so it is a case of waiting and seeing when the big tour operators put packages to Tunisia from the UK back on sale.

A lot of airlines will be committed to their schedules until the end of September at least, so it is unlikely that Tunisia holidays will be back on sale for a while longer.

Travel writer Simon Calder appearing on BBC news this morning .

His opinion was that charters from the UK could possibly (subject to demand) operate as early as February 2018.

Edited: 29 July 2017, 09:41
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Depends what you believe. According to this article in the Express, also by Simon Calder, one company could have packages ready by next week..

"Just Sunshine, the leading Tunisian specialist operator, hopes to have holidays on sale by next week. The managing director, Can Deniz, told The Independent: “We’ve had calls coming in from people enquiring about when tours are going to start. All the hotel contracts are in place. We are in talks with Tunisair to seek allocation on their services into Tunis.”

and Thomas Cook could start as early as this winter.

"Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of Thomas Cook, said: “The Foreign Office came to the conclusion that it is again safe to travel. We are setting up a really good-quality offer for Tunisia and this is going to take some time. I suppose that we are going to start during the winter season, but more towards the spring.”

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I have been to Tunisia many times and always enjoyed it. I know a lot of people will disagree with what I am going to say but I just want people to take a step back and look at all the facts before thinking it is now safe to return.

The lifting of the Foreign Office travel ban has me more than a little concerned. They have said it is safe to travel but to check their travel advice prior to travelling. The advice does not say it is safe.

The current advice states that the country is still in a state of emergency, that there is a direct threat to aircraft and terrorist attacks in Tunisia are still highly likely. Below is the full text copied from the Foreign office advice page. I know people will say attacks can happen anywhere but we are talking about a Muslim country which has many extremists. Thousands of young Tunisians crossed the border into Libya to learn how to fight and kill as many tourists as possible. They will at some point want to return to cleanse their country of infidels (that is people like you and me). It sounds great to be able to holiday in Tunisia again but don't become complacent. The threat to your life is still very real and I for one will take a lot of convincing it is safe to return. Tunisia is still a very poor country and cannot afford the security that is required to make it safe.

Foreign Office Advice.

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. The UK government has implemented additional security measures in several countries, including Tunisia. Direct flights continue to depart to the UK from Tunisia. You should co-operate fully with security officials. For more information about how this may affect your flight, including if you’re transiting through Tunisia on the way to the UK, read this guidance page and contact your airline or travel company if you have further questions.

A state of emergency is in effect in Tunisia, imposed after a suicide attack on a police bus on 24 November 2015. It’s been extended a number of times, most recently on 14 June 2017 by 4 months.

Since the terrorist attack in Sousse in June 2015, which targeted tourists, the UK government has been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups. The Tunisian government has improved protective security in major cities and tourist resorts.

But terrorists are still very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia. Security forces remain on a high state of alert in Tunis and other places. You should be vigilant at all times, including around religious sites and festivals. Follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities and your travel company if you have one.

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