Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

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Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by DJKeefy » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:07 pm

Egypt's tourist numbers, revenue both increased in 2012, according to official sources, but remain well below pre-revolution levels.

Egypt recorded a 17 per cent rise in tourists in 2012 and a 13 per cent increase in income generated, the tourism minister said on Tuesday, indicating a steady recovery in the vital industry.

Hisham Zaazou did not give total numbers but the percentage rises, according to a Reuters calculation based on 2011 figures, would indicate about 11.5 million tourists came in 2012 and generated $9.9 billion.

That is well short of the 14.5 million visitors who brought revenues of $12.5 billion in 2010 before an uprising erupted in January 2011, leading to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak and two years of political turmoil and violence that scared away many tourists.

The minister said he was pleased with the numbers, which will provide some support for Egypt's economy which is struggling to recover from the impact of the uprising and is seeking a lifeline from the International Monetary Fund.

Before the uprising tourism accounted for 11 per cent of economic activity in Egypt and a quarter of foreign exchange earnings, economists estimate.

"We did better than anyone expected despite the problems we had," Zaazou told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference on tourism in Cairo. "We had an increase of 17 per cent in numbers and a 13 per cent increase in generated income compared to 2011."

Government figures showed 9.8 million tourists came in 2011 and brought in $8.8 billion.

Zaazou said the 2012 figures meant there were 22 per cent fewer visitors than in 2010 and they generated 25 per cent less revenue.

"We can move close to figures of 2010 by the end of 2013. We hope to pave the way for a comeback," he said.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/63076.aspx


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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by Teddyboy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:46 am

So, still fewer visitors, but the problem is that they are spending even less!!!

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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by Dusak » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:50 am

Of course its just by coincidence that Egypt has placed an order for 1.25 million manikins.

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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by BBLUX » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:02 am

We have spent quite a lot of time at various West Bank antiquities over the last week. The numbers of tourists is very much increased compared with a few weeks ago. In fact the VOK was positively heaving yesterday and today. However, some of the prices being asked by the shop touts are unbelievable. Scarves for LE1. Ok the smaller ones but other items they were asking 1Eur. Normally would have started at 10x that price :o
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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by Teddyboy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:11 am

"Egypt has placed an order for 1.25 million manikins."

What? The titchy cigars of bygone years?

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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by Dusak » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:26 pm

I was going to say shop dummy's but thought that it may have confused too many on here.

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Re: Tourist numbers to Egypt rise 17 pct in 2012

Post by Distant Sun » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:51 pm

I'd be interested to know how those figures relate geographically speaking - I suspect that they can be largely attributed to the Red Sea resorts but most likely not to Luxor.

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