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TUNIS/CAIRO (Reuters) The tanks parked beside Tunisia tourism ministry and the capital main souk were probably not quite what travel agents had in mind when they said better security was the way to canada goose clearance sale tempt back holiday makers.
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Four months after a popular Canada Goose Jackets uprising toppled Tunisia ruler, the country is slowly trying to restore stability, choose a new canada goose uk outlet government and rebuild its economy with a focus on its tourism sector, the country biggest employer after farming.
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canada goose coats feel very let down because they were the first ones to start the uprising, to fight for democracy, and now they are forgotten, said tour group manager Can Deniz, strolling through the winding streets of Sidi Bou Said village.
Deniz is with canadian goose jacket the only foreign group in the village, which usually draws hundreds of tourists daily for its beautiful views over the Bay of Tunis, white and blue houses and lively market.
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Tourism usually contributes 6 7 percent of gross Canada Goose sale domestic product and the sector is an important provider of temporary work in Tunisia where 14 percent are unemployed one of the major factors behind the revolution.
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cheap Canada Goose are being drawn canada goose store by price rather than any real interest in the country, he buy canada goose jacket said sadly.
Visits may be down Canada Goose online by half, but some are still coming to the North African country 252,000 in March despite the military presence, occasional curfews, taxi strikes blocking the main road canada goose factory sale to the airport and war over the border in Libya.
In the capital Bardo Museum, home to Roman mosaics uk canada goose and statues, 26 year old banker Francois Xavier Marchand from Paris is taking a few days to explore Tunis ahead of work meetings.
company has an office in Tunis, so I know people here and took advice before travelling. I am Canada Goose Parka not scared but it is fair to say that I am not going for strolls in the centre, he said, admitting he would not have come if it wasn for work.
Canada Goose Outlet An hour drive away in the coastal town of Hammamet, hoteliers fill rooms by slashing prices by 20 30 percent.
canada goose clearance In the luxury hotel El Mouradi, where occupancy is half its normal levels uk canada goose outlet in May, you can find bargain hunters and seasoned travellers relaxing under parasols by the pool.
can see the evidence that people are scared, buy canada goose jacket cheap said Frenchman Alain Barret, gesturing at the empty pool and vacant deckchairs surrounding him and his wife Francoise, who are on their third holiday in Hammamet.
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NEVER MIND THE REVOLUTION In Egypt, where protestors inspired by the Tunisians ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February, the number of tourists visiting the following month dropped 60 percent to 535,000 from 1.3 million canadagooseonline a year earlier. Russians in particular stayed away.
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Canada Goose sale Only three months ago, Tahrir Square was the epicentre of protests that routed Mubarak dubbed a modern day pharaoh by many Egyptians but for tourists passing through the square now, those momentous events are not much of a draw.
revolution hasn really been a big thing for us, other than the fact it enabled us to get really good prices everywhere, said British backpacker Tina Winn, 31 who had been able to stay in four star hotels at hostel room rates.
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Tourism is Egypt top foreign currency earner, generating over a tenth of gross domestic product. As in Tunisia, it is a major employer providing one in eight jobs in a country also beset with high unemployment.
buy canada goose jacket In the narrow alleys of Khan el Khalili souk, once a hive of tourists, 31 year old Khaled Mahmoud works in a shop selling sequinned belly dancer outfits. He said the revolution had shaken his business and he was struggling to make ends meet.
He used to make around 40,000 Egyptian pounds per month before the revolution, selling the sparkly designs Canada Goose Online to tourists. Now he is lucky to scrape together 2,000 pounds.
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canada goose black friday sale Tourists delivered by bus from sea resort Sharm el Sheikh for a day trip to Cairo were largely indifferent to the revolution. Many cheap Canada Goose of them had booked holidays before the unrest, though some had leapt at the opportunity of a discount getaway.