Egypt sets to attract 20 mn tourists a year by 2020: Minister

Dalia Farouq , Sunday 8 Mar 2015

Khaled Rami
Newly appointed Minister of Tourism Khaled Rami (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt aims to attract 20 million tourists a year by 2020, recently appointed Minister of Tourism Khaled Rami told Ahram on Saturday.

Egypt's important tourism sector has been recovering after being badly hit by four years of political turmoil following the uprising which toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. 

In 2014 the country welcomed 9.9 million tourists, up from 9.5 million the previous year.

Revenues also rose by 27 percent year on year to $7.5 billion. 

Rami was appointed on Thursday replacing minister Hisham Zaazou as part of a surprise six-minister cabinet reshuffle by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

Egypt welcomed some 14.7 million tourists in 2010, generating $12.5 billion in revenues, before the 2011 uprising. 

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