CAIRO: Some 819 tourists of different nationalities are expected to arrive at the Sharm al Sheikh International Airport Tuesday on board 14 international flights, head of South Sinai’s task force Essam Khedr was quoted by Youm7.
Some 14 other flights carrying 1,296 Egyptians are also expected to land at the airport Tuesday, Khedr said, adding that a total of 663 tourists are scheduled to leave Sharm al Sheikh on board of five international flights.
Hotel occupancy rates at Sharm al Sheikh on Tuesday reached 16 percent, he added.
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.
Egypt’s tourism authorities said two weeks ago that the country received nine million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.