9.3 % decrease of tourists in October: CAPMAS
Tourists at the Luxor Temple - Courtesy of Scoopempire.com

CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt in October 2015 decreased 9.3 percent compared to October 2014, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reporting Tuesday in its report on October.

The biggest demographic of holidaymakers was those coming from Eastern Europe, with 39.7 percent of the total, of whom 71 percent were Russian. The next largest group was from Western European, with 35.5 percent of the total, followed by the Middle East.

An October 31 plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew aboard a Russian plane departing from Sharm el-Sheikh is expected to negatively affect the tourism sector.

Following the crash, the U.K. and Russia announced they would suspend flights to the Red Sea resort pending the outcome of an investigation into the cause of the crash; the Kremlin has stated that it was a bomb placed inside the cabin of the flight.

The Decisions of Russia and the UK to halt their flights to Egypt have resulted in financial losses estimated at 2.2 billion EGP ($275 million), Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said in a news conference last week.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

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