Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017
After years of turmoil, tourists are now slowly returning to Egypt. This is gradually normalizing pressure on a sector suffering for long, following 2015 bombing of a plane carrying Russian tourists. According to Egyptian tourism ministry spokeswoman Omaima al-Husseini, “There is an increase in the number of tourists. This situation was much better in January than in previous years.” Visitors from China, Japan and Ukraine account for a large part of the growth of Egypt’s tourism industry.
According to Egyptian Federation of Tourism chief Karim Mohsen, “There are more bookings between October 2016 and January 2017 than last year. There is an improvement, especially in cultural tourism in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.”
This upward curve in tourism is a good hope for Egypt who is reeling from the blow of an economic reform programme that has triggered huge inflation. The tourism sector, which was once a major foreign currency earner, crashed in 2011, following an uprising overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak, bringing in years of unrest.
The sector has, since then, been hit by new threats. Visitor numbers also dropped considerably. However, things started looking brighter from the winter of 2016-2017. There has been a 30% increase in Ukrainian tourists and a 60% increase in visitors from China, with daily flights to Aswan, a southern city rich in ancient sites. Other countries are also slowly easing their reservations against Egypt.
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