Polish tourists favour Egypt for holidays: Report

Dalia Farouk, Monday 13 Oct 2014

Polish tourists prefer Egypt's Red Sea resorts over Greece, Spain and Turkey, says a report by a Polish tour operators association

The Red Seas resort of Sharm El-Sheikh(Photo: Reuters)

Egypt is a top tourist destination for Polish tourists, according to a report issued by a Polish tour operators association.

The report shows that Polish tourists prefer Egyptian destinations like Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh and Marsa Alam over Greece, Spain and Turkey.

A spokesman for Egypt's tourism ministry, Rasha El-Azayzi, said that Poland is a top country for travel to Egypt.

Last week, Poland lifted a travel ban on resorts in Egypt's South Sinai that was issued in February following the bombing of a tour bus that killed three South Koreans and their Egyptian bus driver.

Several European countries including Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, Denmark and Spain have also lifted travel warnings against the Red Sea resorts.

Egypt's tourism sector, a key source of foreign currency, has suffered since the 2011 popular uprising, with sporadic violence and political instability hindering its recovery in the past three years.

Egypt's tourism revenue dropped by 24.7 percent to around $3 billion in the first half of 2014, according to a tourism ministry statement from August, a 25 percent drop from the same period a year earlier.

But Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou announced last month that Egypt saw a significant rise of 77 percent in the number of tourists visiting the country in August, the sharpest rise in the last three years amid hopes that the sector will recover by 2015.

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