Thursday, August 27, 2015
News: Egypt’s inbound tourist rate rises 4.4% in June - CAPMAS
CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased 4.4 percent in June 2015 compared with the same period last year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Egypt’s official statistical agency.
In June, 820,000 tourists from all over the world visited Egypt, compared to 785,900 in June 2014; however, the number declined by 9.1 percent this month compared with May 2015, which welcomed 894,600 tourists. Per the monthly report, the rate of tourists from Eastern Europe, Particularly from Russia, hit 44.4 percent. Meanwhile, Western Europeans made up 31.1 percent of holidaymakers.
Middle East tourist rate represented 13.4 percent while inbound tourists from the rest of the world reached 10.8 percent, the report noted. “The number of departing tourists reached 811.4 00 tourists during June 2015 compared to 751.900 tourists during June 2014, an increase of 7.9%,” the report read.
As for the tourist nights, the number in June reached 707 million nights, compared with 6.8 million nights in the same period last year, with an increase of 13.7 percent. “The number of arriving tourists from Arab countries reached 135.6 thousand during June 2015 compared to 149.9 thousand tourists during the same month in 2014, a decrease of 9.5% and 16.5% of the total tourists,” the report continued.
Egypt’s political turmoil following the 2011 January uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has badly affected 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. Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP.)
Source: Cairo Post– By/Rany Mostafa