CAIRO: The hotel occupancy rate in South Sinai has reached 18 percent, while 2,533 tourists arrived in the Red Sea resort Wednesday, Youm7 quoted the governorate’s Director of Operations and Crisis Management Essam Khedr as saying.
In Sharm el-Sheikh, the occupancy rate is 19 percent, Khedr said, adding that the city’s airport received 1,787 foreign tourists and 746 Egyptians on domestic flights.
Meanwhile, 707 tourists from Israel have crossed into South Sinai through Taba crossing on their way to resorts in Taba, Nuweiba, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh, according to Khedr.
The occupancy rate in Sharm at the beginning of May amounted to 40 percent, as it coincided with spring holidays, an official source at the Hotels Chamber of South Sinai told Youm7.
The source at the Hotels Chamber of South Sinai quoted slightly different figures for occupancy rates putting the current occupancy rate in South Sinai at 14 percent, with 21 percent in Sharm el-Sheikh, 13 percent in Dahab and only one percent in Nuweiba.
As for Taba, the hotel occupancy rate ranges from 8 to 15 percent, the source said.
The number of tourists visiting Egypt in February 2016 decreased by 45.9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported.
The crash of a Russian plane over Sinai in October and the murder of Italia doctoral student Giulio Regeni in early February, on top of the 2011 and 2013 turmoil have all contributed to the decline.