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Egypt to Boost Tourism by 30%

Fri 03 Mar 2023 | 04:08 PM
Ahmed Emam

Egypt's Tourism Minister Ahmed Eissa has announced that the State aims to boost tourism by up to 30% annually over the next five years, bringing in private firms to operate sites and inaugurating a huge museum around the end of 2023.

In a statement, Issa said: "I think Egypt deserves and should be able to grow its tourism industry by 25% to 30% per annum consistently over the coming decade. And that should get us to about 30 million (visitors) by the year 2028."

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) said that Fitch Solutions expects an increase in the number of tourists coming to Egypt in the medium term due to a predicted decrease in the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian war.

According to an infographic recently issued on the tourism market outlook in Egypt, the international economic institution expects the number of tourists who will visit Egypt in 2023 to reach 11.6 million by 46%.

It said that Egypt enjoys a distinguished geographic location in addition to different types of tourism.

Moreover, the world's largest travel guidance platform Tripadvisor mentioned a number of Egyptian cities among the best world tourist destinations, with Hurghada on the top of the list of the best cities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Tripadvisor also showed that notable increases in international tourism receipts have been recorded across most destinations, in several cases higher than their growth in arrivals. This has been supported by the increase in average spending per trip due to longer periods of stay, the willingness by travelers to spend more in their destination and higher travel costs due to inflation.

The Central Bank also said that Egypt's tourism revenues boost by 43.5 percent to a record high of 4.1 billion U.S. dollars in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022-2023.

Hoping to attract more visitors, the Supreme Council of Antiquities is due to launch a brand new tourism route in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Archaeological Area, Old Cairo, that will make it easier for Egyptians and foreign tourists to visit ancient Islamic venues and popular destinations there.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities stated that it has recently finished preparing and equipping a new tourist path for Egyptian and foreign tourists visiting this historical area.

Notably, Egypt saw almost 5 million visitors at the start of 2022, which was an 85% growth compared to last year, proving that more and more travelers are considering Egypt as their travel destination.