CAIRO: The occupancy rates in Luxor hotels have reached up to 60 percent during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, according to Tharwat Agamy, Chairman of Luxor’s Tourism Chamber.
“The rates represent an unprecedented boom in tourists flow to Luxor over the past few years,” Agamy told Youm7. Hotel occupancy rates in Luxor reached 45 percent at the same time last year.
The notable increase in number of tourists visiting Luxor is attributed to the arrival of 11 charter flights to Luxor International Airport on Wednesday, Agamy said.
“The Luxor airport received 10 charter flights from Beirut carrying 1,300 tourists and a charter flight from the UK’s Gatwick Airport carrying 175 tourists,” he added.
Captain Helmy Rizk, head of Egypt Air Express, which handles Egypt’s domestic flights, said the rate of flights operating from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan and vice versa reached 72 percent during Christmas and the New Year, according to Al Ahram.
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 received 9 million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.