In February 2011, a month after the Arab Spring revolution started in Tunisia, tourism was very dead. A major source of income for Tunisians, tourism was quickly heavily promoted to draw tourists back. Few went. Those who did, found themselves in empty hotels and relatively cold weather. Tourist operators and managers went out of their way to entertain their guests. At the same time, the revolution had flown over to Libya where thousands of people tried to reach the borders to flee.