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Egypt's tourism rates are close to the 2010 peak: Minister

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou believes that the figures for the first quarter of 2013 show the sector is recovering

Dalia Farouk, Monday 6 May 2013
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Egypt's minister of tourism, Hisham Zazou, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Cairo, Egypt Thursday, March 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt received roughly 2.86 million tourists during the first quarter of 2013, a 14.4 percent rise compared with the same period of last year, announced tourism minister Hisham Zaazou.

Zaazou added that tourist numbers during the period from January to March show that the sector is recovering, and is expected to reach 2010 levels, when an estimated 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt generating $12.5 billion in revenue.

The number of Arab tourists visiting Egypt in the first three months of the current year rose by 7.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012, reaching 520,000.

The average length of tourist stays, however, grew to 37 million nights in the first quarter of 2013, compared with 29 million nights in the same period of last year.

According to official data, around 11.5 million tourists visited the country in 2012 and generated some $10 billion in revenue.

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Ibrahim
07-05-2013 07:21pm
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Minister Zazou and the Truth
After the balloon accident in Luxor, the minister said in a television interview that this was the first incident ever involving hot air balloons. On another channel, there was an interview with a British tourist, telling the story of her balloon accident in Egypt a few years ago ...
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expat
07-05-2013 05:19am
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greetings from luxor,mr zaazoo
here we are on 20% occ,maybe he understands,what that means
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medo
06-05-2013 09:43pm
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LOL!
And the government wonder why no one believes them or has faith in what they say.... this is why.... lies upon lies upon lies! If the figures are the same as 2010 then these are tourists that don't stay in hotels... because all the hotels are EMPTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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