CAIRO: Some 5,005 tourists of different nationalities arrived to the Cairo International Airport in the past 24 hours, a security source at the airport told Youm7 Friday.
A total of 2,206 tourists mainly from Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America regions arrived at Cairo Airport along with 2,799 Arab tourists mainly from the Persian Gulf region, said the source.
A total of 7,505 tourists have departed the airport to different destinations, according to the source.
Egypt’s political turmoil following the 2011 January 25 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has badly affected the 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.
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.
The country’s revenues from the 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.)