CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt decreased by 20.5 percent in June 2014 compared with June 2013, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.
In its monthly report for June tourism statistics issued Monday, CAPMAS indicated that 785,652 tourists had visited Egypt in June 2014 compared to 988,573 tourists in June 2013.
The number of tourists who visited Egypt in June 2010, seven months before the January 25 Revolution, totaled 1,029,282, 23.7 percent higher than in June 2014, the report said.
Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Despite a few instances of apparent recovery, continuous instability, political turmoil and a lack of security have remained challenges to the sector.
CAPMAS indicated the largest tourism groups in June 2014 came from Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Middle East regions respectively.
The tourists in total spent 6,780,400 nights in Egypt during June 2014, a notable 14.5 percent decrease from June 2013 and 35 percent decrease from June 2010, according to the report. Tourists coming from Eastern Europe spent the largest number of nights at 43.2 percent, followed by Western Europeans at 29.5 percent and Middle Easterners at 21.2 percent.
Egypt depends on tourism for around 20 percent of its hard currency. The sector’s total investments are valued at $9.8 billion, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The number of tourists coming from Arab countries decreased by 39.6 percent in June 2014, reaching 149,900 tourists compared to 247,000 tourists in June 2013. They represented 19.1 percent of the tourists visiting Egypt in June 2014, according to the report.
The number of nights spent by Arab tourists decreased by 32.9 percent, reaching 1.7 million nights in June 2014, compared to 2.6 million nights in June 2013. The number represents 25.5 percent of the total number of nights spent by all tourists.
Finally, the average number of nights spent by each tourist in June 2014 decreased by 5.5 percent overall, reaching on average of 8.5 nights, compared to nine nights in June 2013.