Tunisia's cosmopolitan capital city, the ruins of Carthage, the ancient Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba, and the modern coastal resorts in the vicinity of Monastir are among the main tourist attractions. Travelers must have a visa and a valid immunization certificate for yellow fever and cholera.
Tunisia has been investing in the tourism industry since the late 1990s. In 2000, hotel beds numbered 197,400, with an estimated 95,977 rooms, and an occupancy rate at 56%. That year 5,057,193 tourists arrived in Tunisia, the vast majority from European countries. Tourist expenditures reached nearly $1.5 billion that year.
According to 2002 US Department of State estimates, the daily cost of staying in Tunis or Carthage was $146. The average stay in other areas of Tunisia was about $114.