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Egypt expects 14 mn tourists by end of 2013: Minister

Egyptian tourism minister forecasts tourist numbers to rise by 21.7% by end of 2013 compared to last year, saying government will focus on beach attractions

Dalia Farouk, Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Mar 2013
Egypt's tourism minister Hisham Zazou (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt is expected to see a rise of tourist numbers by end of 2013 to reach 14 million, generating some $12 billion, said Egyptian tourism minister Hisham Zazou on Monday.

In an interview with the Austrian magazine Society, Zazou added that the country’s tourism sector saw a decline of 33 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. Meanwhile, the sector witnessed an upsurge of 17 percent in 2012 compared to the year before.

About 11.5 million tourists visited the country in 2012 and generated some $10 billion in revenues.

In 2010, tourism reached the prosperity’s peak when an estimated 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt, generating $12.5 billion in revenues, official data showed.

Zazou told the Austrian magazine that the Egyptian government would concentrate on beach tourism, pointing out Egypt’s live streaming channel project.

In February, the tourism ministry stated it would launch a live streaming channel to allow tourists to become aware of the security situation in Egypt and to promote the country as a safe tourist destination.

Accordingly, the ministry plans to provide large screens to different countries to show live images of Egypt.


This story was corrected on 26 March

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27-03-2013 09:36pm
50% down?
either you are guessing or you are rank and file... luxor is 70-80% down to its usual self high season is on 30% compared to 100% before the funny revolution... the hotels are running on the last financial fuel,if you can read this easy picture but this minister is for sure hired,because he is praying next to mursi in the mosquee every friday
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Andy Jordan
27-03-2013 08:37am
Absolutely true. The Tourism Ministers comments are absolutely breathtaking. He's either lying or has no idea whatsoever what the tourism industry is going through. The hotels in Luxor are about 50% down on 2010. Luxor relies totally on tourism. They will be delighted to hear that all the help and support is going to be going to the Red Sea resorts!
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27-03-2013 06:54am
Do you realy know what are you talking about Mr. Minster?
It is better Mr. Minster to till the Egyptian people how mouch the tourism in Egypt suffered sicnce you and your MBH and their president came to power. Only the poor Egyptian will suffer the disentgrated Egyptian Economy. It is always easy to say that by the end of the year we will be better. Shame on you guys for the econmic Desaster that the country are suffering.
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27-03-2013 01:12am
How is this possible??
How does the tourism minister think this is going to be possible when tourists do not want to visit or spend money in a country ruled by a religious dictator and his thugs?? no one in their right mind wants to visit a country where there is such religious bias against any religion except islam..if you are not an islamist its not safe to even visit so why spend money there or even bother going, its not worth risking your life?? this man needs to do some serious thinking because i believe he is living in a dream world...
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