Beach vacations may be back, but not for Tunisia

Imagine being the only tourist in a place that is normally full of thousands.

Grablev Angel, from Bulgaria, is one of the few making the most of the deserted resorts in Sousse, Tunisia.

"Mexico was very open, Tunisia is very open. These are some of the top destinations right now that are extremely open and so for us that was important like I didn't want to wear a mask being in the resort. That's quite an important factor, so it seemed like pretty much one of the perfect places to go at this moment."

Tunisia fiercely competes with Europe for tourism each summer. But as parts of Europe start to reopen, Tunisia is lagging.

El Jem, for example, holds one of Tunisia's greatest landmarks: an ancient Roman ampitheater. But no tourists are coming.

Aroussi Obay owns a shop here.

"Before, when we discussed tourism, we meant planes full of tourists arriving and buses entering El Jem. This city is a transit point to southern Tunisia. Now as you can see -- tourists should be here, did you see anyone at the coliseum? It's empty. There are no tourists. Look at the shops. They're closed."

Visitors, who used to flock to the long white beaches and historic ruins, are being put off by the country's low vaccination rates.

Numbers have slightly picked up since the government relaxed quarantine rules for package tours but are still nowhere near pre-pandemic levels.