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Tunisia gears up for a long hot summer

28th April 2011 Print

Following a historic winter, Tunisia is now looking forward to the start of the summer season and the launch of new flights to Djerba and new hotels in Tunis and Hammamet.

As of Thursday 5 May Thomson Airways will start direct weekly flights to the island of Djerba from London Gatwick. Return flights start from £206 per person departing on 12 May, to book go to

Thomas Cook Airlines will start their weekly flights to Djerba from both Manchester and London Gatwick from the 7 May. Return flights from Manchester to Djerba start from £185 return, departing on 14 May, to book go to

The island of Djerba, with its long sandy beaches, old medina and pretty whitewashed houses, has long been a favourite amongst French and German visitors and with the new routes, it’s sure to become a hotspot for UK travellers too.

“We are delighted to see Tunisia’s tour operator and hotel partners continuing to support and invest in our country,” says Anissa Ramoundi, the UK & Ireland Director for The Tunisian National Tourist Office.

“The Jasmine Revolution is the most important event in Tunisia’s recent history, allowing Tunisians the freedom to think and speak publicly without fear, for the first time. We are proud of the progress our country has made and look forward to welcoming British visitors this summer to experience the warmth and optimism of the new Tunisia.  We hope that these new flights and hotels will encourage UK travellers to choose Tunisia for their next holiday.”

In Tunis the Mövenpick Gammarth enjoyed a soft opening this winter so it’s all set to welcome guests this summer. The five star hotel boasts a sumptuous spa and unrivalled views of the stunning village of Sidi Bou Said. The Mövenpick is a welcome addition to Tunisia’s luxury hotel offering, giving visitors the chance to experience the vibrancy of Tunis whilst offering an exclusive beach side escape. Rooms with a courtyard view start from £110 per night, to book or for further information go to

Summer 2011 also sees the launch of a new First Choice Holiday Village in Hammamet. The all-inclusive resort is perfect for families, with kids clubs available for children from 0 to 15 years and plenty of activities to keep all the family happy. Seven night holidays to the Holiday Village Manar start from £436 per person, based on a family of four sharing, departing from London Stansted on 18 May. For more information or to book go to