July 5, 2011 / 5:49 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Tunisian H1 tourism down by 51 pct -gov't figures

* H1 tourist revenues at 614 mln dinars vs 1.26 bln

* H1 number of tourists down 40 pct to 1.6 mln

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TUNIS, July 5 (Reuters) - Tunisia’s revenue from tourism fell by 51 percent in the first half of 2011, official figures showed on Tuesday, as visitors to the North African country dropped off after a January revolution that toppled the former president.

Tourism revenue from January 1 to June 20 of this year totalled 614 million dinars ($450.5 million), compared with 1.26 billion dinars during the same period a year earlier, the Ministry of Tourism said.

The number of tourists fell by 40 percent to about 1.59 million tourists, it added.

Tourism is a key source of income for Tunisia, where it accounts for 6.5 percent of the gross domestic product and employs about one in five people, either directly or indirectly.

Tourism revenue is likely to fall by almost half, to 1.8 billion dinars this year, the tourism minister told Reuters in an interview last month.

The number of tourists is also expected to fall by half, he said.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; editing by David Dolan)

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