Egypt expects tourism will reach 2010 levels

Egypt sets its sights on obtaining pre-revolution levels of 14.5million

Tourism arrival numbers into Egypt in 2012 are expected to bounce back to pre-revolution levels of 14.5million according to the country’s tourism minister.

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry AbdelNour said that already there were indications of positive growth with tourist arrivals increasing by 40 percent in the first four months of this year from the previous year, Reuters reported.

“My aim for this year is to see the number of tourists to Egypt this year rise to 2010 levels," Mr AbdelNour said.

"The growth in tourism numbers this year will be driven by new products we are offering like the reopening of the Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan I think during May and June we will be weak due to the presidential elections but later will (see a) rise."

Mr AbdelNour explained that in 2010 around 14.7million visited Egypt injecting more than 12.5billion into the economy, however following the uprising numbers had fallen to 9.8 million visitors in 2011 producing US$8.8billion.

"Given that prices of room rates have dropped since the time of the uprising we expect that revenues this year will be lower compared to 2010,” the minister said.

“The average spending per tourist fell to US$72 a day last year, from around US$85 a day in 2010.”

Despite the drop in international arrivals, visitor numbers from Russian and Eastern Europe remained positive throughout the political unrest.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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