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Egypt sees 22% year on year drop in April tourist numbers

April figures show that tourist numbers have declined steeply since last year

Dalia Farouk, Friday 23 May 2014
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Group of tourists during a visit to Giza Pyramids (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt saw a 22 percent drop in tourist numbers in April 2014 compared to the same month of last year, according to a recent report issued by the tourism ministry.

A total of 859,889 foreign tourists came to Egypt in April of this year, spending 7.6 million nights in the country. In April 2013, 1,101,582 million visitors travelled to the country, spending 11 million nights.

According to the report, the largest proportion of tourists in April 2014 came from Europe – a total of 681,622 visitors, compared with 845,149 European visitors in April 2013.

The number of Arab tourists decreased by 34.3 percent year-on-year to register 100,484.

Tourists from Saudi Arabia, however, increased by 17.4 percent this year to reach 19,813.

Last week, the ministry announced the first ferry service linking Hurghada with Dhaba in Saudi Arabia would begin operating in June.

The new line aims to encourage Saudi tourists to visit Egypt, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said.

EgyptAir has also launched its first direct flights between the Egyptian seaside town of Hurghada and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

The total number of tourists visiting Egypt in the first four months of 2014 reached 2.8 million, a 2.75 percent decline from the same period last year, the report added.


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26-05-2014 02:20pm
from the wahabi (nightmare)-dreamland directly to hurghada beach...
ya well,this is really a fency new idea, bringing all the wahabis,which are at home so noble and purist,directly to the party sin beaches of is a farce
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24-05-2014 10:47am
the real figure would be...
the real figure would be and show the real impact: the comparence between the first 4 months 2010 and the actual first 4 months...only then the whole losses are clear on the table,without faked "tourists" from syria or lybia and other smoke-tricks the business is down to its knees and beyond
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24-05-2014 02:40am
Sad too see.....glad I was tourist
This is so sad to see. I think Western governments are needlessly freaking out their citizens about traveling to Egypt to tour. I think these governments are hostile to Egypt's government and want to purposely hurt the Egyptian people and economy. I am glad I didn't fall for their lies about how supposedly unsafe Egypt is for tourists - how wrong could they be! It was my first trip to foreign country,I had a wonderful time that I will never forget. Seeing Cairo, the Pyramids, the Western Oasis, the Black Desert, White Desert, going on desert safari, shopping for papyrus, perfume, practicing my Arabic with locals, meeting so many wonderful people! The Egyptian people as a whole, are the nicest, hardworking, hospitable, polite, God-fearing people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I found great comfort and inspiration in the brave and patriotic police and military I saw keeping the streets and people safe. Thank you Egypt and all your citizens for helping me have great vacation!
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24-05-2014 11:01am
brave police and military
Good Joke :) Egypt is down for the World is more much better destination without crazy harrasmment...

24-05-2014 12:03am
Good idea
The shortest way for Saudis to reach alcohol and bikini views!
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