Wahida Jaiet, UK and Ireland director of the Tunisia National Tourist Office said 40 hotels were not paid – and that Thomas Cook customers accounted for nearly 60% of UK holidaymakers in the North African destination.

Jaiet said: “Forty hotels were affected and were contracted exclusively or partially with Thomas Cook. The debt was €70 million to those hotels.” Thomas Cook customers accounted for 107,000 of 180,000 UK visitors traveling to the destination.