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Minister of tourism: initial indicators confirm sector recovery

By Abdel Razeq Al-Shweikhy “The tourism sector is only operated at 20% capacity after the January 25 Revolution,” began Minister of Tourism Monir Fakhry Abdel Nour, emphasizing that his Ministry is aiming for a return to the tourism numbers of 2010, in which the sector had 14.7 million visitors and revenues of EGP 12.5bn. Abdel Nour said that satisfaction with the results of …


Mediterranean states mull ways to draw tourists back

By AFP DJERBA: Mediterranean states opened a conference Monday on the future of tourism in the region, in a bid to claw back market share lost because of the Arab Spring uprisings and the European debt crisis. “Besides the economic crisis in the origin countries, the ongoing political changes in North African and Middle East …


Travel groups look east for 2012 bright spots

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan / Reuters BERLIN: With a weak western European economy, fear of political unrest in North Africa and a cruise business hit by the Costa Concordia disaster, travel groups are looking to eastern Europe, China and corporate travel to brighten up 2012. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expects global …


No quick revival seen for Egypt, Tunisia tourism

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan / Reuters BERLIN: Egypt and Tunisia are unlikely to see tourism — a vital prop for their battered economies — revive anytime soon as holidaymakers continue to shun North African destinations a year after the “Arab Spring” revolutions. Bookings to the two countries collapsed last year after popular uprisings across …


Tourism minister optimistic over future

By AFP BERLIN: Egypt’s hard-hit tourism sector is facing a new start after a “difficult” 2011 but there is reason for optimism, the Egyptian tourism minister said on Tuesday. The minister, Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour, told a press conference ahead of the ITB travel trade show which opens on Wednesday that Egypt’s invitation to be guest …


Morocco tourism steady in 2011 despite economic crisis

By AFP RABAT: The number of tourists visiting Morocco was up by one percent last year, at just over 9.34 million, despite the world economic downturn, tourism official Kamal Bensouda said Thursday. Tourist income was also up, by four percent, at 59 billion dirhams (€5.36 billion, $7.12 billion), he told MAP news agency. The steady …


Egypt expects tourist numbers up despite clashes

DUBAI: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism hopes to see a recovery in tourist numbers to between 12 and 13 million this year, bringing in $11 billion, despite ongoing street violence and more than 70 deaths after a football match riot last week. Last year’s popular uprising, which forced out president Hosni Mubarak, brought much of Egypt’s …


Egypt April-June tourist arrivals down by a third

CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt dropped by more than a third in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter last year as political instability continued to plague the sector, state-run statistics agency CAPMAS said on Monday. A total of 2.2 million tourists visited Egypt from April to June compared to …


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