CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt during the period Jan.-Sep. 2015 rose by four percent 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 report for tourism statistics issued Tuesday, CAPMAS indicated that 7.4 million tourists visited Egypt over the course of the first nine months of 2015, compared to 7.1 million during the same period last year.
“As for the tourist nights, the number reached 70.4 million nights, compared with 69.6 million nights in the same period last year, with an increase of 1.1 percent,” according to the report.
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.
“The number of departing tourists reached 7.3 million tourists during the said period compared to 6.8 million tourists during the same perion in 2014, with an increase of .68 percent,” the report read.
The number of tourists from the European Union member countries reached 2.7 million while 1.3 million tourists from Arab countries had visited Egypt during Jan. – Sep. 2015, the report added.
Egypt’s political turmoil following the 2011 January uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has badly affected tourism sector, which has only recently started to rebound; 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.
The country’s revenues from tourism industry decreased by 15 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, said tourism ministry economic advisor Adala Ragab Monday.
Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP.)