CAIRO: The number of Russian tourists visiting Egypt in 2015 decreased by 23.9 percent compared to the previous year, said a Tourism Ministry official Friday.
“A of total 2.4 million Russian tourists visited Egypt in 2015, down from 3.1 million in 2014. The sharp decrease is caused by consequences of the Russian airliner that crashed over Sinai late October 2015,” Tourism Ministry’s economy adviser Adela Ragab was quoted by Youm7 Friday.
The crash also caused a 4 percent decrease in number of British tourists visited Egypt in 2015 while the number of German tourists who visited Egypt in 2015 increased by 16.4 percent, registering 1.2 million up from 877,000 in 2014, according to Ragab.
Following the Russian plane crash that killed 224 passengers and crew late October, Germany, Russia, France and the UK ordered the evacuation of their tourists from the resort town and suspended flights to Sharm-el-Sheikh after reports that a bomb may have been the cause.
However, Egypt says that an investigation into the incident has not yet determined the causes of the crash.
Russian tourism investments in Egypt reached 2 billion EGP ($250 million) in 2014, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.
The number of tourists visiting Egypt during the period Jan.-Sep. 2015 rose by four percent compared with the same period last year, according to the report.
Egypt’s revenues from tourism dropped by 15 percent in 2015, registering $6.1 billion, down from $7.4 billion in 2014, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said in a press conference in January.
Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP.)