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Tourism down 17.9% year on year in 2013: CAPMAS

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9.5 million tourists visited Egypt in 2013, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics

Empty reclining chairs are seen on the beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh  (Photo / AFP / Khaled Desouki)

Empty reclining chairs are seen on the beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
(Photo / AFP / Khaled Desouki)

The number of tourists visiting Egypt fell by 17.9% to from 11.5 million tourists in 2012 to 9.5 million in 2013, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics.

By comparison, in 2010, Egypt welcomed 14.7 million tourists.

Western Europe supplied Egypt with the most tourists, followed by Eastern Europe and the Middle East in 2013, according to CAPMAS’s latest annual report. In 2012, Western Europeans made up 37.4% of the country’s tourists, followed by Eastern Europe with 32.7% and the Middle East with 21%.

The report indicated that the number of nights visiting tourists spent in Egypt decreased by 31.5% in 2013, falling from 137.8 million nights in 2012 to 94.4 million in 2012.

Regional tourism is down as well, CAPMAS reported. Just 1.8 million tourists came from Arab countries in 2013, as opposed to 2.3 million in 2012.

The number of nights Arab tourists spent in the country decreased to 22.8 million in 2013 from 36.2 million in 2012.

On average, CAPMAS reported, tourists in 2013 spent 10.3 nights in Egypt, compared to 12.6 in 2012 and 10.6 in 2010.

Translated from AlBorsa Newspaper


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