Egypt tourism is toward steady recovery

Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017

Egypt’s tourism industryThe Egypt tourism industry is on the way toward revival. The indicators and statistics at present show positive sign, explained in a recent statement made by the head of the country’s tourism promotion authority on Tuesday.

To quote Hisham al-Demery, Chairman of Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, “despite the lack of British tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh resort and Russian tourists in the whole country, other tourist markets are currently flourishing and tremendously growing in Egypt.”

He mentioned that the visitors from Europe comprised 75 percent of tourism in Egypt. However, of late it has declined to 50 or 60 percent after tourists from Eastern Europe and Asia started pouring into Egypt.

“The number of tourists coming to Egypt in the winter season rose up to 54 percent compared to last year, which is a good indicator that tourism in Egypt is on the way to recover in the light of the current political, social and economic stability,” said the ETPB chief.

For the last couple of years, Egypt tourism has been going through a recession because of political instability and relevant challenges in security that almost slashed the total number of tourists almost half.

A Russian plane collided in Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and killed more than 200 passengers in late October 2015. This made Russia, Britain and few other nations to ban their citizens from traveling to Egypt. The attack was claimed by a Sinai-based militant group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) regional terrorist group.

The situation worsened last year after the ambiguous death of an Italian student in Cairo along with a dreadful crash of an EgyptAir flight in the Mediterranean Sea in the month of May killing 66 passengers on board including 15 French.


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