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Egypt's tourism number down 8pct month on month in Nov 2012

Tourism drops in Egypt between October and November; 2012 sees marked increase on 2011

Ahram Online, Sunday 6 Jan 2013
Camel drivers wait for customers at the Pyramids Plateau in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt welcomed 1.1 million tourists in November 2012, recording a decline of 8.3 per cent from the month before, state-run statistics body CAPMAS stated on Sunday.

Looking at annual trends, however, the number of tourists holidaying in Egypt rose by 8.3 per cent as it recorded 1 million visitors in November 2011.

Most of the tourists hailed from Eastern Europe, followed by Western Europe and the Middle East, spending an average of 14.8 million nights in the country, a significant 11.8 per cent increase from November of last year.

Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zazou said in December that around 10.5 million tourists visited the country in the first 11 months of 2012, a 17 per cent increase on the same period last year.

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