Egypt sees 21% fewer tourists in May

Dalia Farouk, Thursday 10 Jul 2014

Steep decline in number of tourists visiting Egypt in May, despite an increase in visitors from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

A worker walks near his camel as he waits for tourists at the Giza pyramids area, south of Cairo, February 20, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/

Egypt saw a 21 percent decline in tourist numbers in May compared to the same period last year, according to the tourism ministry.

A total of 768,221 foreign tourists came to Egypt in May, spending 7.3 million nights in the country. In May 2013, 969,108 visitors travelled to the country, spending 8.8 million nights.

According to the report, the largest proportion of tourists in May 2014 came from Europe – a total of almost 590,000 visitors, compared with almost 684,000 European visitors in May 2013.

Visitors coming from the Middle East dropped 42 percent to 98,434 tourists, despite an 11 percent rise in tourists from Saudi Arabia and an 8 percent rise in tourists from Bahrain.

Earlier this week, Germany lifted its travel warning on Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai, according to the tourism ministry.

In Poland, Egypt was ranked 4th in terms of foreign tours by the Polish Association for Travel Agencies, stated the Egyptian tourism ministry.


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