CAIRO: Over 37,000 Egyptians have visited Giza Pyramids in three days of the 4-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, head of the Cairo and Giza Central Administration for Antiquities Kamal Wahid told MENA Sunday.
“A total of 19,000 school students had visited the site, representing over 50 percent of the total number of Egyptians visiting the pyramids during the past three days,” Wahid said.
The entrance fee to Egypt’s most significant archaeological site is four EGP ($0.55) for an Egyptian or an Arab tourist, while it is 80 EGP for foreign tourists, Wahid said, adding that during the same period, the site has received over 3,000 foreign tourists.
The Antiquities Ministry announced in a statement Wednesday Egyptians will have free admission to museums, tombs and temples located in Luxor and Aswan during the three-day Eid al-Fitr.
Also, hotel bookings made by Egyptians in the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada, Sharm al-Sheikh and Marsa Alam during the Eid al-Fitr holiday has reached 70 percent, Chairman of Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) Sami Mahmoud told The Cairo Post Friday.
Egypt depends on tourism for around 20 percent of its hard currency. The industry witnessed its peak in 2010, with $13.8 billion in revenues, but unrest following the 2011 revolution has kept many tourists away.
However, the sector witnessed a relative recovery in 2014 receiving 9.9 million tourists up from 9.5 million in 2013.