Egypt tourism sector continues to decline

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in July of this year dropped 24.5 % compared with the same period of last year. According to the monthly newsletter published by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), 765,000 people visited the country in July this year. In the same month last year, a million visitors came to this country.

The biggest drop in the flow of tourists to Egypt in July occurred among visitors from Arab countries (-58.6%). Only 90 thousand people from North Africa and the Middle East visited Egypt. Europe sent 629,500 tourists in July, 14% less than the same month of 2012.

On July 3, Egypt saw the ouster of its president for the second time in two years. Mohamed Morsi, who won the presidential election last year, was ousted from power by the military. He was elected nearly a year and a half after the resignation of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011.

According to statistics from the CAPMAS, 2010 was the year with the highest volume of foreigners visiting the country. At the time, Egypt received 14.7 million people. Then in 2011, the year of Mubarak’s regime downfall, some 10 million people visited the country and 11.5 million in 2012.

On the other hand, H1 this year, the sector’s performance was better than in 2012. In the first seven months of this year, 6.7 million tourists arrived in Egypt, 8 % more than the 6.2 million people who visited the country in the same period of 2012. Still, the single-performance of July this year represented a decrease of 44 % compared to the 1.3 million tourists who came to Egypt in July 2010.

The tourism sector generates about 9 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). To prevent a further decline in the flow of tourists, the Egyptian government has launched an incentive plan for Egyptians to travel around the country. Among the measures included in this project are travel packages, promotional airfare and lodging in four and five star hotels.

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