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Egypt Becomes World's 4th Fast-Growing Tourist Destination- AFAR

Fri 15 Nov 2019 | 10:00 AM
Hassan El-Khawaga

Egypt ranked the fourth fastest-growing tourist destination in the world, according to AFAR magazine.

Recording 36.8%, Egypt precedes Vietnam, Palestine, Turkey, Nepal, Comoros, and Uganda, respectively.

The report mentioned that Egypt received 11,346,000 tourists in 2018 compared to 8.3 million in 2017, expecting that the country would witness a boom in the tourist numbers in 2020, exceeding 2010 numbers, which reached nearly 14 million.

[caption id="attachment_90993" align="aligncenter" width="823"]Night View of Luxor Temple in Egypt Night View of Luxor Temple in Egypt[/caption]

The publication shed light on the fervently anticipated opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in the fourth quarter of 2020.

In this score, Tourism Minister Dr. Rania Al-Mashat noted that Egypt recorded a 36.8% growth in international tourist arrivals and receipts by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 2019 tourism highlights report, saying: "Proud Egyptian."

"Egypt continued to enjoy a solid rebound with double-digit growth in arrivals and receipts, thanks to an increase in visitors from Germany, Italy and other European source markets," the UNWTO report pointed out.

It also indicated that Egypt's share in the Middle East's international tourist arrivals and receipts in 2018 was 18.8%.

[caption id="attachment_90996" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]A Girl Tours Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria A Girl Tours Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria[/caption]

Earlier in October, the Central Bank (CBE) said that Egypt’s tourism revenues accelerated by 28% to reach $12.6 billion in 2018/2019, the highest in history.

It is worth noting that Tajikistan, Ecuador, and Iran topped the list, recording 190.1%, 51%, 49.9%, respectively.