File Photo: Russian tourists gather at the Egyptair check-in desk at the Domodedovo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, taken on Monday, August. 9, 2021. AP
Borisenko further stated that 700,000 Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2021, adding that about 20 to 25 flights land at Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh airports per day.
The ambassador noted that Egypt was one of the three most popular destinations for Russian tourists before the Russian plane crash in Sinai in October 2015. Some 3.3 million Russians visited Red Sea Resorts in 2014.
Moscow decided in 2015 to suspend flights to Egypt, after the deadly Russian plane crash in Sinai in the same year that led to the death of 217 people. Egypt has since upgraded its safety and security measures at all airports nationwide.
In 2018, Russia – which used to provide Egypt with the largest number of tourists annually – resumed flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo and later in July 2021 lifted the flight ban to Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh, ending a near six-year flight suspension.
Egypt has won AdColony’s Campaign of the Month award for October's best promotional campaign, which aimed to promote the Egyptian tourism in the Russian market.
Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anany has said that Egypt received about 3.5 million tourists in the first six months of 2021, with total revenues was estimated between $3.5 and $4 billion.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, El-Anany said that about 3.5 million tourists visited Egypt in 2020 compared to 13.1 million in 2019, leading tourism revenues to fall to $4 billion in 2020 compared to $13.03 billion the previous year.