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Egypt sees 46% drop in tourism in January year-on-year

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Mar 2016
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The number of tourists visiting Egypt in January dipped 46 percent compared to the same month last year due to the ongoing decline in the number of Russian holidaymakers, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday, citing the official statistics body CAPMAS.

The country was visited during the month by 363,000 tourists, mostly from Western Europe (35.2 percent), followed by the Middle East (28.6 percent) and Eastern Europe (14.8 percent).

The decline in tourism started late last year after a Russian plane was downed over Sinai in a terror attack in October last year, killing all 224 people on board.

Last week, Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told a conference in Cairo that "the goal of those who downed the plane was not only to sabotage our tourism, they wanted to harm our relationships with Russia, if they could with Italy, and others,"

In a televised interview earlier this week, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed that "after the plane crash, over the past three or four months, [Egypt] lost around $1.2 billion or $1.3 billion in revenues.”

The number of nights spent by tourists in January fell 62.5 percent to 2.6 million nights, down from 6.8 million in the same month last year.

Egypt accrued $6.1 billion in tourism revenue in 2015, down 15 percent from the year before, as the total number of tourists dropped in 2015 by 6 percent to 9.3 million and the total number of nights spent in the country declined by 14 percent. 

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expat
04-03-2016 12:58am
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as luxor got this experience 5 years before, at least now the two big money machines at thered sea learn,how it is in real live to loose 80% of the business if this government not very soon gets a real grip on security and stops giving stupid exuses for own mistakes,10% or more of the national yearly income will be gone!
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Al, Masri
03-03-2016 08:35pm
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Sad, but recoverable!
It is sad to see my country, one the most attractive tourist destination in the world, suffers so much in reasserting itself as a first class tourism country. It is equally sad that the people in charge are so ambivalent about why we lost tourism and so clueless on how to recover it. Contrary to what they blame as the scapegoat of the month; be it the Russian plane, the MB, local terrorists .. etc, etc; the decline is self-inflected, driven by false sense of entitlement to perpetual army government; removing all opposition and preventing another uprising from ever materializing, at any cost. Maybe they could succeed in perpetual army governing; but what is the value of a country to govern with no economy, no tourism, no investment, and no future? Governing such a country would be a burden no smart leader would care to endure!
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Steve
04-03-2016 05:58pm
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Learn from the past to better the future!
I personally believe that if we learn of mistakes in the past, we can better the future. When it comes to tourism in Egypt, Egyptians as a whole should know what needs to be done to have tourism successful in Egypt again! They really shouldn't depend on this current president and/or government to come up with a solution.
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