Is tourism down in Egypt?

Is tourism down in Egypt?

The country’s foreign tourist arrivals dropped 72 per cent and international tourism receipts dropped 66 per cent last year, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation. While Egypt hosted 13 million tourists in 2019, that number shrivelled to 3.6 million in 2020.

Does Egypt welcome tourists?

Ministry of Tourism statistics show a noticeable increase in tourist numbers: since the beginning of 2021, Egypt has welcomed 300,000 tourists every month. By April, this figure rose to more than half a million a month, around 50% of visitors pre-pandemic.

Is Sharm El Sheikh Open?

Sharm El Sheikh is a popular resort in the Red Sea that has suffered a decline in tourism due to a rise in terrorism in the past few years. However, after four years this ban has now been lifted and UK flights are resumed to the resort.

How does tourism affect Egypt’s economy?

The travel and tourism industry in Egypt is one of the country’s leading economic sectors, generating about 389 billion Egyptian pounds for the GDP in 2018. About 88 percent of the direct travel and tourism contribution to Egypt derives from leisure spending compared to 12 percent of business spending.

How many tourists visited Egypt in 2019?


Year Total number of tourists, million Total number of nights, million
2016 5.4 37.2
2017 8.9
2018 11.3
2019 13.026 136

How much does tourism contribute to Kenya?

Data from the ministry of tourism shows the tourism sector directly contributes 4.4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Kariuki said that the country’s tourism industry is very dependent on foreign visitors whose numbers declined in 2020.

Can tourists go to Saqqara?

Many travel agencies, hotels and tour companies offer half or full-day tours to Saqqara. Although visiting with a group means that you have less freedom to explore at will, it can be a relief to have all costs included while the insight of a professional Egyptologist is invaluable.

How much money does Egypt make from tourism?

Revenues from tourism reached the highest point at $12.6 billion in the fiscal year 2018-2019. In the year 2020, tourism related revenues dropped by nearly 70% to $4 billion. As per Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany, Egypt’s tourist arrivals plunged to 3.5 million in 2020.

What is the most visited country in Africa?


Rank Destination International tourist arrivals (2018)
1 Egypt 11.3 million
2 Morocco 12.3 million
3 South Africa 10.5 million
4 Tunisia 8.3 million