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News: Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

Thomas Cook is resuming its holiday and flight operations to Tunisia for UK customers from today. It will be the first time the tour operator has flown to the country since a 2015 beach attack in which 30 Britons were killed. The programme will start with three weekly flights to Enfidha, from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham, expanding to include Glasgow from April and Newcastle and London Stansted from May. The decision was taken to put the destination back on sale after the UK government changed its advice for Tunisia…

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England face Belgium, Tunisia & Panama in World Cup group

England have been drawn with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at next year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate’s men will begin their tournament against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June (19:00 BST) in Volgograd. They will then face World Cup debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on 24 June (13:00 BST) before playing top seeds Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad (19:00 BST). Russia play Saudi Arabia in the opening game in Moscow on 14 June (16:00 BST). Holders Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and…

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News: WTM 2017: Brits increasingly open to Tunisia trip

One in five British holidaymakers say they may visit Tunisia, now that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has relaxed its travel advice, according to research by World Travel Market London. A poll of more than 1,000 Brits who have taken a holiday in 2017 asked: “The UK government has recently removed its advice against travelling to Tunisia. How likely are you to visit the country in the future?” Almost one in ten per cent said ‘somewhat likely’; seven per cent said ‘quite likely’; and four per cent said ‘extremely likely’…

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News: AHIF 2017: Avani Hotels & Resorts to debut in Tunis, Tunisia

Avani Hotels & Resorts, the vibrant upscale brand by Minor Hotels, will debut in North Africa with two new properties in Tunisia, in partnership with Groupe Chaabane. Scheduled to open in the coming months, Avani Les Berges Du Lac Tunis Suites will be located in Les Berges du Lac II, a prime commercial, residential and diplomatic area in the Tunisian Capital. The 41-key property will offer exclusive serviced apartment accommodation options ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments and lofts, catering to corporate and extended-stay demand. There will also be an…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia

Thomas Cook has become the first major UK-based tour operator to return to Tunisia following an extended hiatus. Here Carol MacKenzie, group head of customer welfare for the company, gives her views on travel to the destination. At the end of July this year, the UK government changed its advice for Tunisia meaning that British holidaymakers can now travel to the majority of the country. As a result, and reflecting the interest we’ve had from customers, we are restarting our flight and holiday programme from February 13th next year, which…

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Tunisia nightclub closed after Muslim call to prayer dance remix

A nightclub in Tunisia has been shut down after footage emerged of a DJ playing a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer, officials say. Video shared on Sunday from the Orbit Festival in the north-eastern town of Nabeul sparked outrage on social media sites. The governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said that the club would “remain closed” until further notice. An investigation has begun into the incident. The footage shows clubbers at a party on Friday dancing to music played by two European DJs near the popular seaside…

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Sousse beach attack: Coroner condemns Tunisia police response

The police response to a terror attack at a Tunisian resort in which 30 Britons were killed was “at best shambolic and at worst cowardly”, a coroner has concluded. In all, 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015. Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said the gunman had been intent on killing as many tourists as he could. He said he would rule that all 30 Britons were “unlawfully killed”. He added that he has not found a direct and causal…

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