Diplomat Times (Cairo) – Some 4.9 million tourists visited Egypt in the first six months of 2022, an increase of 85.4 per cent compared to 2.6 million travelers in the same period of 2021, it was announced.
Marking World Tourism Day, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced on Tuesday that “eight million tourists visited Egypt in 2021, a 117.5-per cent increase compared to 3.7 million tourists in 2020”, reports Xinhua news agency.
“Rise in numbers of tourists visiting Egypt in 2021 and the first half of 2022 is a good indication of recovery after the COVID-19 that caused a sharp decline in numbers due to the policies of the lockdown imposed worldwide,” said Ashraf al-Sahah, member of Egyptian Tourism Federation.
About Egyptian Tourism Federation
The Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that was established under Law No. 85 of 1968. The Federation seeks to create an ideal environment for the advancement of the Egyptian tourism industry, enhance its competitiveness, and work to raise the level of the workforce in the tourism sector to reach the highest international levels.
In 2019, tourism revenues hit a record high with $13.03 billion with the number of tourists reaching 13.1 million.
“The tourism industry is one of the main pillars of the national economy, and it is linked with many complimentary industries and contributes to providing job opportunities directly and indirectly,” he said at an event at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Cairo.
The Tourism Ministry plans to improve the quality of the tourism experience of every foreign tourist coming to Egypt, the investment environment in hotels and shopping malls, as well as the quality of services provided to tourists whether in airports, streets, or taxis, according to Issa.
He added that his Ministry will coordinate with the aviation ministry to increase the number of planes and the capacity of airports.
On Tuesday, most museums and archaeological sites, including the Giza Pyramids, were free for visitors to mark the day.
Source : IANS | Egyptian Tourism Federation | AFP