Egypt: tourist numbers dropped in April

07 de junho de 2016

São Paulo – Tourist arrivals in Egypt in April of this year dropped 54% from April 2015, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas) reported this Tuesday (7). The North African country welcomed 425,000 foreign visitors in April, down from 923,900 in April 2015. The number of nights spent also plummeted, by 74.6% from 9.6 million in April 2015 to 2.4 million in April this year.

Western Europe accounted for the biggest share of tourists to Egypt, at 35%, followed by the Middle East at 27.8%. Saudis were 30% of Middle Eastern tourists. Eastern Europe accounted for 13.2% of tourists in Egypt, with the bulk being Ukrainian. Tourists from Africa, Asia and the Americas made up 24% of the total tourist influx.

Capmas reported a 3.2% increase in tourist numbers from Arab countries, to 150,800. In all, 35.5% of all visitors arriving in Egypt last April were Arab.

The state-run daily Al Ahram imputed the slowdown in tourism to the drop in tourist numbers from Russia, one of the leading sources of tourists to Egypt. Since October of last year, when Russia’s Metrojet airline had an aircraft taken down by terrorists on the Sinai Peninsula, Russia banned all flights to the Sinai.

Tourism is one of Egypt’s primary revenue and job sources. The country intends to return within a few years to 2010 levels, which were the best ever, with 14.7 million foreign tourist arrivals. Since then, the country struggled with a political crisis that drove presidents Hosni Mubarak to step down, in 2011, and Mohamed Morsi to be ousted, in 2013, thus driving visitors away.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum