Egypt tourist visits up 17.5 per cent last year: report
Ahram Online, Monday 28 Mar 2011
UK visitors top list of nearly 15 million holidaymakers but 2011 will be a struggle


The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased by 17.5 per cent in 2010, according to a recent government report.

The 2010 annual report from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics says 14.73 million tourisits visited Egypt last year, up from 12.53 million in 2009.

Western Europe accounted for 44 per cent of the total, with Eastern Europe representing 31.3 per cent. Some 12 per cent of tourists came from the wider Middle East, 3.3 per cent from Africa and 3.1 per cent from North America.

Among Arab countries, Libya sent the most tourists, said the report, followed by Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Palestine and Jordan. The UK accounted for the highest proportion of European tourists, trailed by Germany, Italy and France.

Tourist numbers have plummeted since January's unrest and summer bookings have dipped as the sector struggles to recover. Analysts, however, predict an upswing towards the end of 2011.

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