CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased by 10.6 percent in March 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.
In its monthly report for tourism statistics issued Wednesday, CAPMAS indicated that 834,600 tourists visited Egypt in March 2015, compared to 754,700 in March last year.
Tourism, Egypt’s second most important source of national income after the Suez Canal, provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.
According to the report, the rate of tourists from Western Europe represented 37.8 percent, followed by tourists from Eastern Europe in second place at 37.3 percent, with Middle Eastern tourists at 37.1 percent, with holidaymakers from the U.K., Russia and Saudi Arabia topping the list of the three regions respectively.
According to the report, the number of Arab tourists visiting the country in March 2015 stood at 141,900 marking a 19.1 percent increase from those who landed in the country during the same period last year.
Revenues from tourism, comprising 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP), witnessed a sharp decline in the aftermath of the political instability following Egypt’s 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The number of departing tourists in March 2015 increased by 9.1 percent, totaling 761,000 tourists compared to 697,700 tourists during the same period last year.
The average duration of stay of departing tourists during March 2015 totaled 7.6 million nights compared to 6.7 million nights in March 2014 with a 12.8 percent increase.
Tourists coming from Western Europe during March 2015 spent the largest number of nights in the country at 41.3 percent, followed by Eastern Europeans at 34.9 percent and Middle Easterners at 16.7 percent.
Tourism revenues jumped to almost $4 billion from $1.9 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year 2014/2015, the central bank announced last week.
Tourist nights spent by departing tourists totaled 7.6 million nights during March 2015. Western Europe is the largest in the number of tourist nights with a rate of 41.3 percent, followed by Eastern Europe with 34.9 percent, and the Middle East with 16.7 percent.
According to the report, the average stay for tourists rose from 9.6 nights in March 2014 to 10 nights in March 2015.