55 hot air balloon rides draw crowds in Egypt’s Luxor Monday

Ahram Online , Monday 22 May 2023

Fifty-five hot air balloons, carrying 1,500 tourists from various countries, adorned the sky over Luxor on Monday, said Head of the Egyptian Federation of Hot Air Ballooning Companies in Luxor Ahmed Aboud.

A hot air balloon
File Photo: A hot air balloon flies over the mortuary temple of Ramsis III at Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt. AP


The 55 rides over Luxor came despite hot weather currently sweeping Egypt, Aboud said in a statement reported by MENA.

Hot air balloon tours are a must-try for tourists visiting Luxor, as they provide a unique and unforgettable perspective to explore the ancient wonders of the city.

Nestled among the mesmerizing Karnak and Luxor temple complexes, as well as the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Luxor hot air balloons offer visitors panoramic views of lush green agricultural fields and the majestic temples of ancient Egypt.

Luxor and Aswan experienced a surge in visitors during the January-to-March period, with tourist arrivals increasing by 22 percent compared to the same period last year.

Moreover, Luxor and Cairo were among the most popular destinations worldwide for travelers in 2022, according to Tripadvisor’s annual Travellers' Choice Awards.

Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa anticipated that tourist arrivals would increase by 28 percent in 2023, bringing the total number of tourists to 15 million.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on Egypt's tourism industry.

As a result, the number of tourists dropped sharply from 13.1 million in 2019 to 3.7 million the next year. Nevertheless, the industry has been progressively rebounding over the last two years.

The number of tourists, consequently, increased to eight million in 2021 and 11.7 million in 2022.

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