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Egypt eyes $26 bn in revenues from tourism by 2020: Minister

The tourism sector made a gradual recovery this year after four years of political instability and two changes of regime

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Apr 2015
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Tourists enjoy the water at a beach at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh city, which is hosting the Arab Summit on Saturday, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo March 27, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt estimated that its revenues from tourism will increase reaching $26 billion by 2020, the minister of tourism, Khaled Ramy, said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Twenty million tourists are expected to visit Egypt in 2020, the statement added, which was published in Reuter's Aswat Masryia. 

Egypt’s tourism sector has seen a relative recovery in the past year, after the country was hit hard by protests and regime change in 2011 and again in 2013.

The sector has been making a gradual recovery, with Egypt receiving 9.9 million tourists in 2014, up from 9.5 million in 2013. 

Last week, Khaled Ramy announced that Egypt welcomed the news that there were three percent more tourists in the first quarter of 2015 than in the same period of the previous year, while hotel reservations for the summer season were up 15% compared to the previous year.

The tourism sector, which contributes to 3.1 percent of Egypt's gross domestic product, is one of the country's most important sources of vital foreign currency.

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medo
21-04-2015 04:34pm
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Really?
If between 2013 and 2014 there was an increase of 400.000 people coming, how do we get to the figure of an increase off more than 100% in 5 years?? If we have less than 10 million how do we expect to jump to 20 million?? Countries such as Thailand only get 25 million and they have a LOT more to offer than Egypt. One reason people visit countries such as Thailand (even though it is so far) is their "Visa upon arrival" for major countries of the world makes last minute travel and last minute deals easy for them... and we are in the middle of removing this feature, yet we believe we will double the amount of tourists????
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