Egypt's 9 months tourism revenues jumps: Reuters

Reuters , Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

 Sharm el-Sheikh
Tourists sunbathe in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 7, 2015 (AFP)

Egypt's tourism revenues jumped 211.8 percent year on year to $5.3 billion in the first nine months of 2017, a government official said on Wednesday, as the industry starts to recover after years of political upheaval that drove visitors away.

The tourism sector is one of the country's main sources of foreign currency but it has struggled since the 2011 uprising. A currency float tied to a $12 billion International Monetary Fund programme signed last year has also helped give the country a competitive edge.

"Tourism revenues jumped to $5.3 billion in the first nine months of 2017 compared with $1.7 billion the year before ... The improvement in numbers came from an increase in tourists' average spending to $88.2 per night," said the official who requested anonymity.

The number of tourists who visited Egypt in that time jumped 55.3 percent to 5.9 million, with European visitors reaching 3.2 million, an 85 percent increase from the previous year, he added.

The number is still well below the 14.7 million who visited Egypt in 2010 before the uprising.

The industry took a blow when Russia, once responsible for a large portion of visitors to Egypt's popular Red Sea resorts, banned its flights to the country following a plane crash over Sinai in 2015 that killed over 200 people.

Egypt only made $3.4 billion in tourism revenues in 2016. 

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