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Tunisia tourism suffers after attack

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 01:38

Tunisians fear for their livelihoods as the tourist industry suffers in the wake of Friday's beach bloodshed. Paul Chapman reports.

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The Tunisian beach where a gunman opened fire on tourists re-opened on Sunday. Those holidaymakers still intent on staying in Tunisia got a round of applause from the locals. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TUNISIAN SABRINA BENSILEM SAYING: "I'm very happy that the tourists stay in Tunisia and support the country. It's very very good thinking, you know, but I'm sad, sad for my country." Flowers in memory of the 39 people killed in Friday's attack are still very much in evidence. So too is the distress the bloodiest attack in Tunisia's recent history has left in its wake. Those who've decided not to join the tourist exodus say they feel far from relaxed about staying. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JOE KEARNEY, BRITISH TOURIST, SAYING: "We've been really scared to leave the hotel. Luckily we're all-inclusive so there's stuff to do in the hotel which is OK, but this is the first day we've been out and we've been here for three days." Thousands of tourists have fled Tunisia since the attack and local traders say they're feeling the pinch. (SOUNDBITE)(French) ARTISAN SHOP OWNER MONDER SHAYATA SAYING: "This street, the Rue de Paris, at the start of the season, at this time of year, this street is half full of tourists - more tourists than Tunisians. Now there are no more tourists. Every hour one or two couples walk past. We can't work like that." Islamic State's claimed responsibility for the attack in Sousse. Officials say the gunman wasn't on any watch list of militant suspects

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Tunisia tourism suffers after attack

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 01:38