CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased by 4.4 percent in 2014, registering 9.9 million tourists compared with 9.4 million tourists the previous year, according to the annual bulletin of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
The tourism sector has been gravely affected by the January 25 Revolution in 2011 as the rate of holidaymakers coming to Egypt sharply decreased.
“The number of tourists was recorded during 2010 (before the revolution) was 14.7 million tourists , meaning that the number of tourists decreased by 32.9 % compared to 2010,” the bulletin read.
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.
Tourist nights went up by 3 percent in 2014; but the change rate of the nights declined by 34 percent from 2010 to 2014, the bulletin added.
Tourists of Eastern Europe have the largest share of the visiting tourists by 45.1 percent to be followed by Western Europe by an increase of 31.6 percent. As for the Middle East tourist rate, it increased by 13.6 percent.
Regarding the tourist nights, Europe has the lion’s share, registering 75.5 percent, while Middle East tourist nights recorded 16.5 percent, CAPMAS continued.
“The number of arriving tourists from Arab countries reached 1.6 million tourists in 2014 compared to 1.8 million tourists in 2013, a decrease of 7.8% and 16.4% of the total tourists,” the bulletin said.
“The average number of departing tourists nights reached 10.2 night during 2014 compared to 10.3 night during 2013,” the bulletin continued.
Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy told state-run Al-Ahram April 8 that the number of tourists who visited Egypt during the first quarter of 2015 increased by three percent compared to the same period last year.
A CAPMAS report in January 2015 indicated that number of visiting tourists had increased by 5.5 percent compared to January 2014.