CAIRO: As many as 4,989 tourists of different nationalities have arrived in Cairo International Airport Friday, official sources at the airport told Youm7.
The airport received 2,775 tourists from Arab countries along with 2,214 tourists from Europe, North America and the rest of the world, said the source.
Following the Russian plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew, swift decisions were taken by a number of countries including Germany, Russia, France and the UK to evacuate their tourists from the resort town, after reports that a bomb may have been the cause.
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 last week.
Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP.)