CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased by 193 percent in September 2014 compared with September 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 Saturday, CAPMAS indicated that 884,000 tourists visited Egypt in September 2014, compared to 301,000 in September 2013.
The sharp decline in the number of inbound tourists during the months of July and August 2013 is probably linked to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, and the Aug. 14, 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square. The dispersal was responsible for the deaths of at least 650 people, according to the Health Ministry.
The ouster of Morsi in early July 2013 was followed by travel warnings on Egypt set by many European and North American countries.
The number of tourists who visited Egypt in September 2014 represents an 11.4 percent decrease compared to the figures achieved in August 2014, when 997,000 tourists visited the country.
The decrease was attributed to the decline in Arab tourists visiting Egypt in September, which marks the beginning of the academic year in the Gulf states.
According to the report, tourists in total spent 8.8 million nights in Egypt during September 2014, compared to 1.9 million nights during September 2013, with an increase of 705 percent.
September 2014 figures of the total number of nights spent in Egypt represent a 20 percent decrease compared to the figures achieved in August 2014, when tourists had spent a total of 11 million nights in the country.
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 former President Hosni Mubarak.
14.7 million Tourists visited Egypt in 2010, compared with 9.5 million tourists who visited the country in 2013, according to CAPMAS.
Despite a few instances of apparent recovery, continuous instability, political turmoil and a lack of security have remained challenges to the sector.