Price of phone calls between Egypt, Russia to be reduced
Telecommunications Minister Yasser el-Qady

CAIRO: The price of international phone calls between Egypt and Russia will be reduced in a bid to encourage Russians to visit Egypt, Communications Minister Yasser el-Qady told Al-Kahera Wal Nas channel Saturday.

Russian tourists represented a large portion of Egypt’s tourist turnout before a Russian plane crashed over Sinai Oct. 31, killing all 224 on board, and Moscow instituted a travel ban to Egypt.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in January 2016 decreased by 46 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) Egypt’s official statistical agency, citing “ongoing decline in the number of Russian tourists.

According to the monthly report, Western Europe countries topped the list of Egypt’s inbound tourism registering 35.2 percent, followed by Middle East 28.6 percent and East Europe 14.8 percent.

A number of European countries also issued travel bans to Egypt after the Russian plane tragedy.

Egypt has since embarked on campaigns to attract tourists from Arab countries and new markets, such as Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and other states.

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