Egypt expects strong tourism rebound

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Egypt’s tourism revenues were between $3.5 billion to $4 billion during the first half of 2021 and the country received about 3.5 million tourists from January to June, Ghada Shalaby, deputy minister of tourism, told Reuters.

The country’s revenues from the vital sector were about $4 billion in 2020 amid the coronavirus pan-demic, down by 70 percent from $13.03 billion in 2019.

“We are expecting that numbers of tourists will increase by 45 percent to 60 percent during the next period compared with last year,” Shalaby said.The average spending of a tourist per night is about $95, she added.

Tourism revenue is an important source of foreign currency for Egypt and the industry usually ac-counts for up to 15 percent of the country’s.—AN

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