CAIRO: The year 2015 marked a 23.7 percent increase in the turnout of Saudi tourists; some 433,067 Saudis visited Egypt in 2015, while tourists from UAE and Kuwait also increased, Youm7 reported Thursday.
About 45,594 tourists from the United Arab Emirates visited Egypt in the same year at a 26.4 percent increase from 2014, and the number of visiting Kuwaitis increased 15.5 percent with 139,666 visitors, Economic Advisor to the Tourism Minister Adela Ragab told Youm7.
Meanwhile, tourism from Lebanon rose by 23.5 percent with 79,933 visitors, and 177,131 tourists from Jordan visited Egypt at a slight increase of 3.7 percent, according to Ragab.
Egypt sought an influx of tourists from Arab countries to balance the gap in the vital tourism sector after tourists from the west have largely abstained from visiting due to a number of attacks reported in the country, as well as travel bans issued by their governments a number of times since the January 25 Revolution in 2011.
Most recently, a Russian plane crashed over Sinai, killing all 224 on board, triggering a sharp decline in the number of tourists in general.