Tunisia was supposed to experience a tourism revival following the Arab Spring, but the recent ISIS attack on the Bardo museum, a tragedy that left 23 dead, including 20 foreign tourists, has travelers concerned if it’s safe to visit the North African country.
After the 2011 ousting of President Ben Ali, Tunisia’s tourist trade was hit very badly, and chances are the situation could become worse after ISIS gunmen targeted foreigners at one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
According to The Guardian, travel and tourism make up 15.2% of the country’s GDP, supporting 472,000 jobs. Having in mind the large number of people that completely rely on tourism, thousands of travelers around the globe have started an online solidarity campaign in which they promise to visit Tunisia this summer.
Attached to the hashtag #JeSuisBardo, a reference to the #JeSuisCharlie campaign that followed the deadly shootings in the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris earlier this year when 12 people were killed, thousands of photos have appeared on Instagram and Twitter that show people pledging to come to Tunisia.