44K medical tourists visit Egypt in 2015
Tourists visit Egypt - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: An estimated 44,000 medical tourists have come to Egypt in the first half of 2015, according to a recent report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

This figure marks an increase of 3,000 compared to the corresponding period in 2014, which welcomed an estimated 41,000 visitors coming to Egypt for medical treatment.

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.

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.

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