Egypt Independent

Egypt tourism increased 17.5 percent in 2010



A governmental report released Thursday said the number of tourists visiting Egypt increased 17.5 percent in 2010.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics 2010 annual report, 14.73 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, compared to 12.53 million in 2009.

Tourists from Western Europe represented 44 percent of the total, while those coming from Eastern Europe represented 31.3 percent, according to the report. About 12 percent of the tourists came from Middle Eastern countries, 3.3 percent from Africa and 3.1 percent from North America.

Libya sent the most tourists to Egypt among the Arab world, according to the report, followed by Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Palestine and Jordan, respectively. On the European side, England accounted for the highest number of tourists followed by Germany, Italy and France.