Tourist arrivals up 55% y-o-y in first 11 months of 2017: Tourism Promotion
Egypt Independent January 8, 2018 3:11 pm
Tourist arrivals increased 55 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of
2017, head of Egypt’s Tourism Promotion Authority Hisham al-Demery, said.
According to al-Demery, Arab tourists accounted for 30 percent of Egypt’s
tourist arrivals last year, up from 15 percent a year earlier, while Asian
tourist arrivals doubled, reaching 10 percent.
Despite the continued flight ban, the number of British tourists also jumped
30 percent in 2017, El Demery said.
He added that the average number of nights tourists spent in Egypt increased
by 100 percent year-on-year.
Al-Demery attributed the increase to Egypt’s tourism campaigns that were
implemented throughout the year aimed at improving Egypt’s image, in
addition to the government’s strategy of diversifying source markets.
Egypt’s tourism sector, representing approximately 12 percent of the
economy, has experienced significant problems in recent years, particularly
since the downing of a Russian civilian aircraft over the Sinai peninsula in
October 2015, which killed all 224 people on board.
Russia, along with a host of European countries including the UK, suspended
flights to Egyptian resorts after the incident, However, earlier this month,
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the resumption of regular air
traffic between Moscow and Cairo after a two-year suspension.