UN: Egypt second-fastest growing tourist locale of 2017

Published on : Friday, August 25, 2017

Egypt’s tourismThe United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has reported that Egypt has ascended up the ranks to emerge as one of the second fastest growing tourist destinations in terms of luring international tourists in 2017.


Though there have been flight bans by Russia and the United Kingdom in the year 2015, the number of tourists reaching Egypt witnessed a 51% boost this year.


The UNWTO report, however claimed that this has not deterred the other nationalities from rushing to the country that had observed a 51% rise in foreign tourist arrivals in 2017. Palestine was able to gain the number one position in the list that had seen a 57% rise in tourists arriving from various parts of the globe.


The study has also declared that despite the new ranking the rising number of tourists is much lower as compared to that during the 2011 uprising.


After Egypt, the Northern Mariana Islands of the Pacific had been able to bag the third spot in the list with Iceland coming in at the fourth position. The 35% boost in tourism of Iceland can be attributed to the ‘Game of Thrones’, the globally acclaimed television series.


Furthermore as part of a tourism marketing campaign, Iceland started providing free layovers to travellers flying between North America and Europe.


Vietnam is the fastest-growing locale of 2017 while Tunisia grabbing the fifth ranking. International destinations had welcomed as much as 369 million tourists in the initial quarter of 2017. This indicates a rise of 21 million tourists marking 6% more than the same time last year, as reported by the World Tourism Barometer of UNWTO.


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