After Tunisia, tourism is now recovering in Egypt 2
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Kheireddine Batache
Tuesday 9 January 2018 Last update on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 At 5:33 PM

According to the Egyptian government, the number of tourists that visited Egypt from January to Novembre 2017 reached 7, 5 million persons, a 54, 7% increase comparing to last year same period’s results.

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What an extraordinary way to start the New Year in Egypt. Tourism, one of the main economic sectors in terms of foreign income is reviving. In 2017, they were around 7, 5 million tourists going up and down through the country of the Nil, as data released by the government showed.

This increasing trend in arrivals represents 54, 7% progression comparing to last year’s 5, 3 million tourists having visited the country in 2016. Furthermore, tourist arrivals in November 2017 reached 778 000, rising from 499 000 in November 2016.

Tourism in Egypt was seriously hit by travel ban imposed by both Russia and the United Kingdom after the Russian Metrojet aircraft crash in October 2015. Fortunately, the situation came up to improve since that tragedy and as a consequence, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov and Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi signed an agreement on civil aviation security aiming at resuming the flights between the two countries, starting from February 2018.

The income of Tourism weighs heavily in Egypt’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) representing 11, 5%. In 2016, the revenues fell to 3, 4 billion dollars, a 44, 3 % decrease than in 2015.

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