Cairo airport receives 5,800 tourists Tuesday: source
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Some 5,800 tourists of different nationalities are scheduled to arrive in Cairo International Airport Tuesday, an airport source told Youm7.

The tourists will arrive via 34 flights mainly from Southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf and Europe regions, said the source.

The figures reflect a slight decrease in number of holidaymakers that have visited Egypt during Christmas and New Year holidays. Weather-wise, winter is Egypt’s peak tourist season.

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.

Egypt’s tourism authorities said in late December that the country received 9 million tourists in 2015, down from a previously predicted 17 million.

The country’s revenues from tourism industry decreased by 15 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, said tourism ministry economic advisor Adala Ragab in October.

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