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Egypt tourist numbers down 54 pct in April

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Jun 2016
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Egypt suffered a 54 percent drop in the number of incoming tourists in April compared to a year earlier, state statistics body CAPMAS said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

The number of tourists who visited Egypt in April was 425,000, down from about 923,900 during the same month in 2015, mainly due to the drop in the numbers of visitors from the Russian Federation, said CAPMAS.

Egypt's tourism sector, which relies heavily on tourists from Russia, suffered a severe blow with the ban of passenger flights to Egypt following the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula in October which raised concerns about security at Egypt's airports.

The crash of an Egyptair passenger plane over the Mediterranean on its way from Paris to Cairo last month is also likely to have hindered the recovery of the sector, according to international tourism experts.

Tourism revenue totalled $500 million revenue in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.5 billion a year earlier, a tourism ministry adviser told Reuters in April.

Only 13.2 percent of incoming tourists hailed from Eastern Europe, 54 percent of whom were from the Ukraine. The largest contingent, representing 35 percent of total visitors, came from Western Europe, of which 36 percent were from Germany.

About 28 percent of the tourists were from the Middle East, 30 percent of whom were Saudi nationals.

Egypt welcomed more than 14.7 million tourists who visited the North African country in 2010, before the uprising which toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak in January 2011 and subsequent upheavals that led tourist numbers to drop to 9.8 million in 2011.

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Al
09-06-2016 01:08pm
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The ‘evil forces’ …
Egypt today is at a crossroad of economic meltdown, police-state dictatorship, and Wahhabi extremism. This government, with its failing institutions, is stumbling like a headless chicken, kicking and screaming in all directions; smearing, arresting, jailing, and torturing all moderate voices in the country; unless a major policy U-trun is taken yesterday, what we will be left with are extreme factions of radical Islamists and police-state thugs. Which crazy tourist would dare to come to Egypt then? Smart predictions show Tourism will continue to decline for many years! Whose fault is that? The ‘evil forces’ who have been destroying the country for decades; MB extremists and police-state thugs!
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Al
09-06-2016 03:08am
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The ‘evil forces’ …
Egypt today is at a cross road of economic meltdown, police-state dictatorship, and Wahhabi extremism. This government, with its failing institutions, is stumbling like a headless chicken, kicking and screaming in all directions; smearing, arresting, jailing, and torturing all moderate voices in the country; unless a major U-trun is taken yesterday, what we will be left with are extreme factions of radical Islamists and police-state thugs. Which crazy tourist would dare to come to Egypt then? Smart predictions show Tourism will continue to decline for many years! Whose fault is that? The ‘evil forces’ who have been destroying the country for decades; MB extremists and police-state thugs!
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Allen
09-06-2016 12:59am
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Tourism is going to go down continuously, not only in Egypt but throughout the region.
Westerners are turned off at the religious fanatics, and their antics infested in the region. Then you have your home grown terrorists the Muslim brotherhood, we all know what their goals are. Then you have your local rip off artists. There is a ten fold price for a tourist to pay for everything and a bargain basement price for Egyptians. Everyone is in it for short term gain and long term damage to your reputation. This all is not news to any of you, especially those in the tourism industry. Nothing will improve until you all start to point the finger towards yourselves, and use common sense.
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Rob
08-06-2016 10:11pm
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The neverending fight
While Egypt is busy arguing, just like Al and Allen, tourists are going some where else, where they are welcome. Indeed, tourism in Egypt becomes a priority only when there is no tourism. When business goes well, then tourists are regularly ripped off. Prices are cheap, but still too high, compared to the quality of services, delivered by staff with low or no knowledge. There will be no tourism in Egypt, for at least 10 years. Provided things go well, else it will take longer and longer.
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expat
08-06-2016 09:01pm
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lets go to facts...
2010: 14,7 million divide by 12=1,225 million tourists average per month(given egypt,summer 50%,winter 100%) 2015:923900 at a peak month like april (easter vacations in europe etc) would overall realisticly mean 6-7 million guest last year max and now you are 54% down again,because russians,brits etc pulled out after a plane desaster,which is untill today not fully solved. instead of beating arround the bush,if "AL" is MB or "ALLAN" a cheap forreigner,its clear,that the various after-quakes of the "revolution" of 2011 including the funny year with mursi and after that the authocratic Sissi didnt help egypts NR1 generator for hard forreign currency AT ALL. from my experience its the combination of everyday hazzle on the streets,which makes most egypt tourists 1! time tourists plus the burocratic self-centrered government,which doesnt know how to deal at all with a crisis, which brings this industry to its knees and with it egypt as a whole
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Rob
09-06-2016 12:23pm
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Absolutely right. Those tourists who are brave enough to go to Egypt for a second time, may report issues from the first time, however they are faced with excuses that make no sens, and offers of "big discount", in the desperate attempt to fill the till. Most people in Egypt are busy at looking for responsible. In a typical scenario, someone will be held guilty for whatever happens, and be punished, as deterrant to others, who will be scared to do the same mistake. However, the root problem that caused the error is still there, and grows deeper. There was no revolution, only 2 revolts. The evolution is yet to come.
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09-06-2016 12:17pm
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Right
Absolutely right.
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Sam Enslow
07-06-2016 06:43pm
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Paris recovers. Why not Egypt.
The plane crashes would have had little impact on international tourism had it not been for Egypt's reaction to the Russian crash (they did much better with EgyptAir). To this date the official report has not been issued even though Sisi admits it was a terrorist act. Far more damaging to tourism was the Regini murder and Egypt's attack on anyone who suggested Police involvement even though the Italian version matches the first Egyptian press reports. The sectarian violence near Minya and the slow response to it (in spite of Sisi's orders, it seems the old games are being played. Egypt's Foreign Minister has the belief it benefits Egypt to insult the countries from where tourists come and to never acknowledge the help they donate to Egypt. Egypt worries about sharks, but tourists killed on highways are an oops. Visas become harder to extend as though any terrorist cares about a valid visa. Tourists who do come are constantly pestered by hustlers, cheated, and given poor service at high prices. They go home and tell their friends. Egypt could have tourists but being polite to them is too much to ask of Egyptians. One could assume Egypt really doesn't want tourists - if one judges its actions.
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Rob
08-06-2016 02:59pm
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Correct
That is absolutely correct. Egypt and tourism are drifting away.
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Al
07-06-2016 05:38pm
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Plane crashes don’t kill economies
If we don’t change our mindset that tourism is collapsing because of the last 2 plane crashes we won’t fix the real problems causing tourism to crash. The plane crashes are symptoms to a larger problem; which is not killing our tourism but also our investments and the rest of our economy.
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Al
08-06-2016 08:01pm
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Hey Mercenary Allen,
At least I am Egyptian who cares for my country, but you? A cheap mercenary foreigner paid by some “Egyptian Institutions’ Mormon who can’t put 2 words together to do the dirty work for him. You should ashamed of how low you bend on knees to collect the scraps!
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08-06-2016 05:48pm
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@ medo
If you read his daily rants, it would be crystal clear of what his real agenda is. Al does not give a rats about tourism any more then the well being of the country or its people or the economy. You toss him a subject and it all takes him to his agenda of ripping all Egyptian institutions. On the other hand he is quiet silent when terrorists strike... No complaints there. So yes Egypt has problems it allways had. Key among them are derilicts that have nothing better to do but whine about everything. Sadly I am sure the country is infested with too many who have little to contribute, but somehow feel they have the answers to everything.
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07-06-2016 10:28pm
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@Alllen
Why is it that a few comments of common sense and you label the writer as a member of the MB? I am not a member and totally agree with what he said. Before the crashes, people were staying away for a whole number of reasons. One of the main ones being, there is a whole world out there that accepts tourists and the custom and money they spend... they are geared up for tourists, we however are not. From the thieving taxi drivers that cheat us as well as tourists, to the fact that other that a few beaches there is really no real draw for tourists. Even the Pyramids are a no go area for tourists due to the constant harrasment people face.Tourists bring currency., that brings a lower dollar rate, that brings cheaper prices for us all.
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07-06-2016 07:42pm
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Al instead of beating around the bush.
Why don't you just admit you are a Muslim brotherhood and having your terrorist masters in cages just eats you up every day. Get used to it, no matter how often you whine Egyptians resoundingly rejected your Stone Age terror group. Your feeble attempts of enciting discontent only impresses your ilk.
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