Cairo airport receives 6K tourists Sunday: source
Tourists riding camels in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh - REUTERS

CAIRO: Some 6,094 tourists of different nationalities arrived in Cairo International Airport Sunday, security source at the airport told Youm7.

A total of 3,589 tourists from Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America have arrived at Cairo Airport along with 2,505 Arab tourists mainly from the Persian Gulf region, said the source.

Sunday’s figures reflect a slight increase in number of holidaymakers that have visited Egypt since early December. Weather-wise, winter is Egypt’s peak tourist season.

“Upper Egypt’s Luxor has seen a surge of incoming tourists over the past 10 days,” Assistant Director of the General Department of Tourism Police Hosni Hussein told Youm7 earlier this month.

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 in October.

Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP.)

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