CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased 76.7 percent in August 2014 compared with August 2013, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.
In its monthly report for tourism statistics issued Tuesday, CAPMAS indicated that 997,000 tourists visited Egypt in August 2014, compared to 564,500 in August 2013.
Egypt witnessed a sharp decline in number of inbound tourists during the months of July and August 2013 following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, and the Aug. 14, 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and al-Nahda Squares, that claimed the lives of at least 650 people according to the Egyptian Health Ministry, and a number of international organizations including Human Rights Watch have estimated the number at more than 1,000.
886,000 tourists had visited Egypt in July 2014 compared to 765,000 in July 2013.
According to the report, numbers of tourists visiting Egypt from Eastern Europe countries during the month of August 2014 increased by 152.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Number of Russian tourists who had visited Egypt during August 2014 witnessed a notable increase of 179.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
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.
Tourists in total spent 10.7 million nights in Egypt during August 2014, compared to 7.3 million nights during August 2013, with an increase of 46.3 percent, according to the report.
Tourists coming from Eastern Europe spent the largest number of nights in the country at 42 percent, followed by Western Europeans at 31.9 percent and Middle Easterners at 18.1 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.
According to the report, the average stay for tourists rose from 9.8 nights in August 2013 to 10.3 nights in August 2014.