After Mohamed Morsi was overthrown, bookings taken in July and August for holidays this winter fell sharply by 57 per cent on last year, according to the latest research from the analyst group Gfk.

This brings the country’s season-to-date winter bookings down by 20 per cent year on year. Up until the end of June, before the ousting, sales for the winter had risen by four per cent. Before the end of June, sales for this summer had also increased by seven per cent.

They too fell however in July and August, by 24 per cent year on year. Bookings for the summer of 2014 have seen a dramatic drop of 43 per cent since the end of June.

The average selling prices for bookings this summer also fell by £49, but operators seem to be maintaining prices for summer 2014.

Meanwhile, in another part of North Africa, Tunisia welcomed a record-breaking 287,541 British visitors between January and August this year – 22.5 per cent more than its record number in 2010, according to the latest figures from the Tunisian National Tourist Office.

British holidaymakers visiting Tunisia in August also rose by nearly a quarter on last year, peaking at 55,329 visitors.

This year’s tourism figures in Tunisia seem to paint a different scene on last year when tourists were slow to return to the country one year on from the Arab Spring, despite prices being low and conditions in the country remaining calm.

In July, the Foreign Office urged Britons visiting Tunisia to take extra care following the assassination of the secular opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi.

British holidaymakers in Egypt this summer were also warned against all but essential travel to the majority of the country by the Foreign Office due to the risk of further violent protests following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and thousands were forced to cancel their trips.

Last month, Egypt tour operators moved holidaymakers on the fringes of Sharm el-Sheikh to new accommodation within the resort following concerns the road to the resort would be closed off by Egyptian authorities.

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Photo Credit: The ancient ruins in Carthage are one of Tunisia's main attractions. Cernavoda / Flickr