CAIRO: A total of 9 million tourists are expected to have visited Egypt by the end of 2015, Chairman of Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) Sami Mahmoud announced Saturday.
“Egypt was expected to receive 17 million tourists in 2015 but the number declined by approximately 47 percent due to terrorist attacks and consequent travel advices issued by several European countries,” said Sami in a Saturday press conference held by the Federation of Arab Engineers in Sharm al Sheikh.
According to reports released earlier by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) 9.9 million tourists visited Egypt in 2014 up from 9.4 million in 2013.
More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011. However, Visitors picked up in 2012 to 11.5 million, according to CAPMAS earlier figures.
Tourism contributes 11.3 percent of Egypt’s GDP and brings in 14.4 percent of foreign currency revenues every year.
“Egypt’s tourism industry loses 2.2 billion EGP ($275 m) every month due to terrorism,” said Sami.
On Oct. 31, a total of 224 people were killed on board of a Russian passenger plane shortly after it took off from Sharm al Sheikh Airport.
In September, a group of Mexican tourists were killed while in a safari trip in Egypt’s Sahara when the air force bombed them believing they were militants.