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British Tourists Return to Tunisia in Boost for Troubled Economy

Tunisian National Guard at the resort town of Sousse following a shooting in 2015.

Tunisian National Guard at the resort town of Sousse following a shooting in 2015.

Photographer: FETHI BELAID/AFP
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British package tourists returned to Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast for the first time since militants killed more than 30 people in a 2015 attack on a beach hotel, a boost for a country where recent protests stirred memories of the 2011 uprising that kicked off the Arab Spring.

The visitors brought in by travel company Thomas Cook were greeted at the airport in Sousse, the site of the deadly assault, by a folk band and Tunisians handing out bouquets of jasmine. U.K. government advice warning against travel to Tunisia was withdrawn in July but this is the first time a major British tour company has returned.