By Hassan El-Khawaga
BERLIN, March 8 (SEE) – Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat received an award from fvw, the leading German trade magazine for tourism and business travel because Egypt topped the tourist destinations in Africa and Middle East region.
The honoring came on the sidelines of ITB Berlin, currently held till March 10.
Fvw Editor-in-Chief Klaus Hildebrandt handed over the prize to Mashat, saying that the German incoming tourism to Egypt had increased by 95% over the past five years.
German arrivals jumped an estimated 40% to a new record of 1.7 million in 2018, while international arrivals are estimated to have risen 35% to 11.2 million, according to fvw Destination Ranking figures.
The magazine shed light on the Germans who came back to the Red Sea shores to spend their holidays.
The minister, on her part, stressed the importance of the German market for Egypt, adding that the award is a great incentive to exert more efforts to develop the Egyptian tourism industry.
Commenting on the magazine’s figures, she said: “We had a 15% increase in bookings in the German market in January and overall I expect double-digit growth for the whole year.”