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Sunday, 13 June 2021

The tourism recovery continues

Two mn tourists visited Egypt during the first five months of this year, averaging 400k people per month, Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany said during a seminar last week, according to the local press.

This is almost 40% of the monthly figures we were getting before the pandemic: Egypt received just over 13 mn tourists in 2019, equating to almost 1.1 mn per month, generating USD 13 bn.

Egypt is targeting 8 mn visitors and USD 8 bn in revenues by the end of the year, and believes it could return to pre-covid numbers as early as fall 2022.

Ramping up efforts to lure in more tourists: The ministry has said it will invest USD 90 mn in a new three-year international tourism promotion campaign, which is reportedly expected to launch this fall, in a bid to ramp up post-covid business. The potential return of direct flights from Russia to Red Sea resorts this month could also help us reach the more ambitious targets.


European carriers adding Sharm, Hurghada routes: European budget carrier Wizz Air operated yesterday its first weekly flight from Milan to Sharm El Sheikh — the same day Hurghada International Airport received its first charter flight through Air Armenia from Armenia.

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