Virus cuts Egypt tourist revenues to $4b

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Dubai

Egypt’s tourism revenues fell to about $4 billion in 2020, down from $13 billion the previous year, amid the global pandemic that severely damaged the sector worldwide. However, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said that the country’s focus has shifted from visitor numbers to remaining a safe destination despite the coronavirus outbreak. Al-Anani said: “We witnessed a great year in 2019 in terms of numbers and revenues, and also the first two months in 2020 were 8 percent higher in terms of numbers and revenues, with 2.4 million tourists visiting the country at that time. “The goal now is not to measure the number of tourists, but to say that Egypt is a safe tourist destination even amid the coronavirus crisis.”—AN