The number of tourists who travelled to Egypt in April declined year-over-year (y-o-y) compared to April 2015, according the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
The agency explained, in its monthly bulletin on the tourism sector issued on Tuesday, that the number of tourists who travelled to Egypt in April declined to 425,000 this year compared to 923,900 in April 2015. CAPMAS attributed the decline to the decrease in the number of Russian tourists visiting Egypt.
Western Europe made up 35% of the total number of tourists in April 2016. Germany was the number one country sending tourists to Egypt from Western Europe, according to CAPMAS.
The report added that tourists from the Middle East region accounted for 27.8% of arrivals, with Saudi Arabia topping the list and contributing 30%.
Eastern Europe accounted for 13.2%, with Ukraine contributing 54.2% of the total tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe. Tourists from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and others accounted for about 24%.
According to CAPMAS, Arab countries sent 150,800 tourists to Egypt in April 2016, compared to 146,200 y-o-y, an increase of 3.2% and a ratio of 35.5% of the total number of tourists.
The number of tourists departing Egypt amounted to 409,400 tourists in April, compared to 911,100 tourists in April 2015, a drop of 55.1%.
CAPMAS stated that departing tourists spent a total of 2.4m nights in April before leaving, a decline of 74.6% from 9.5m nights in April 2015.
The agency attributed the decline also to the lower number of nights spent by Russian tourists in Egypt by 99.4%.
Western Europe accounted for the largest share in the number of nights with 40%. Germany accounted for 44.4% of the total number of nights spent by tourists from Western Europe.
The Middle East followed with 30.5%, with Saudi Arabia also topping the region’s list with 34.8%. Eastern Europe registered 8.6% of the total number of nights tourists spent in Egypt, with Ukraine on top of the rankings with 58.6% of nights.
CAPMAS stated that Arab tourists, who left already, spent 909,800 nights in April this year, versus 1.4m nights in April 2015, a decline of 36.4% and a ratio of 37.6% of the total nights through the month.
The report noted that average stay length of tourists who departed Egypt reached 5.9 nights during April 2016, compared to 10.5 nights during April 2015.