Published on : Monday, May 17, 2021
This year, Egypt is hopeful regarding welcoming more visitors with numbers increasing gradually since January to around half a million tourists a month, said the Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany.
Tourism revenue, an important source of foreign currency for Egypt, declined by 70% in 2020 due to the corona virus pandemic. Tourism usually occupies up to 15% of the country’s gross domestic product.
Egypt hopes for a recovery by the end of this year by having vaccinated tourism staff in resorts along the Red Sea and naming the area a COVID-free destination, said Enany.
“More than 65% of (tourists) are coming to the Red Sea and South Sinai governorates because they are open air spaces and (there are) water activities. It is exactly what the tourist is seeking after COVID,” said the minister in an interview.
In April, Egypt and Russia agreed to resume all flights between the two countries as per talks between their presidents, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Vladimir Putin.
Flights from Russia to resort destinations Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada were stopped after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.