Egypt Independent

Agency: 1.1 million tourists visited Egypt in April



The number of foreign tourists visiting Egypt rose to 1.1 million in April, according to official statistics, an increase of 5.2 percent from the same period last year.
 
Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said the latest figures were an improvement on the one million tourists recorded in April 2012.
 
However, the figure is still well below pre-revolution levels. 
 
Around 1.2 million tourists arrived in the country in April 2010.
 
According to CAPMAS, the largest proportion of tourists came from Western Europe, followed by Eastern Europeans and tourists from other countries in the Middle East.
 
Although Middle Eastern visitors spent a total of 11.1 million nights in Egypt, 8.4 percent less than last year, Arab tourists accounted for a 3.6 percent increase from April 2012 figures.
 
In May, the Cabinet said that the number of tourists visiting Egypt in the first 4 months of 2013 rose 11.8 percent from a year earlier.
 
Tourism, which accounted for over 10 percent of Egypt's gross domestic product before the 2011 revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, has been badly damaged by political instability and tourist kidnappings in the Sinai Peninsula.