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Egypt tourism revenue down 66 pct in Q1 2016

Reuters , Monday 25 Apr 2016
Sharm el-Sheikh
A picture taken on March 23, 2016 shows a couple of tourists at the beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (AFP)
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Egypt netted just $500 million in tourism revenue in the first quarter of 2016, down from $1.5 billion a year earlier, a tourism ministry adviser told Reuters, highlighting the country's struggle to kickstart a key dollar-earning industry.

Egypt's tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy and critical source of hard currency, has been struggling to rebound after the political and economic upheaval triggered by the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Tourism revenue has also taken a heavy hit since a Russian plane crashed in the Sinai last October, killing all 224 people on board, which was claimed by Islamist militant group IS.

Egyptian authorities are yet to release the final report on the disaster,

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011.

In the first quarter of 2016 just 1.2 million tourists travelled to Egypt, down from 2.2 million a year earlier, said economic adviser to the ministry of tourism Adla Ragab.

Egypt aims to attract 12 million tourists by the end of 2017 through a plan that includes increasing the presence of national carrier EgyptAir abroad, tourism minister Yehia Rashed said in a recent interview with Reuters.

"Many European airlines have halted flights to Sharm El Sheikh. It's too early to say what the long-term impact of the Russian plane crash will be," said an analyst at hotel industry consultants STR.

 

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ayman
28-04-2016 09:53pm
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Work for it
Let's face it, tourism is not coming back for years to come. Not until a myriad of problems are fixed. Problems depending on a tourist's trust that their visit will be safe and worth their while and money in competition with other places around the world. In the mean time there is so much to do and fix. Security, domestically and in the region as a whole. Good marketing, our PR campaign so far is disastrous, personally i'm ashamed. Diverse, up to date and up to international standards services that are not just satisfactory but downright amazing, think Dubai. Ecotourism, religious tourism, health tourism. Professionalism, no pestering, haggling and grabs for money all the time. Addition of new things to do or see every year such as new discoveries or events. Everything! The whole visit should be a happy, exciting and rewarding experience.
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Sam Enslow
25-04-2016 09:13pm
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Not spies!
Tourists , including long term stayers, are not spies or out to harm Egypt. There was a report(s) that watches that could be used for spying were seized at the airport. No one has heard of Google Earth. That type of spying is obsolete. Egypt needs to put on a welcoming face. Every visitor who visits Egypt and has a good experience is more valuable in promoting tourism to Egypt than any multimillion dollar ad campaign.
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medo
25-04-2016 06:02pm
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Change...
It is simple... turn the clock back to 2011... allow tourists to get 1 year visas as before and not the maximum 3 months then they must leave (that is a rule i totally don't understand for a country crying out for tourists!!!) and have a HUGE sale on ticket prices on Egyptair... the price of oil has dropped, but the ticket prices of Egyptair are so much more expensive compared to bigger and better airlines!
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expat
25-04-2016 11:17pm
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even
if you do this,only the usual brit folks will return..and they are worse than scots with their few bucks in hand..the real spenders,egypt did loose in autumn 2011,when the army turned against their own people and the country became instabile....no use to go a country,where any person who wants to go on demonstration gets turned in into police torture automaticly...no confidence and no society stability are the main factores for real spendors to avoid this real wonderful country
Tut
25-04-2016 07:10pm
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Even better ...
NO visa requirement for European passports and FREE Visa for EVERY other tourist. The revenue will come from spending in the country not the few bucks visa fees!
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