Egyptian tourism continues to decline

Egyptian tourism 2016
2016 saw turmoil and unrest for Egypt which in turn had a dramatic effect on the country's tourism. With such a large contributor to their economy, will 2017 see a turn around for Egypt and the revenue the industry brings the country?
Egyptian tourism 2016

By Alex Cull - Marketing Manager

On this day 94 years ago Archaeologist Howard Carter found the inner burial chamber of Tutankhamun’s tomb and discovered his sarcophagus in the Valley of the Kings. The iconic death mask of the pharaoh draws thousands of visitors every year to Cairo and Egypt to immerse themselves in the country’s rich history.

Egypt however has seen tourism slowly fall over the last 5 years with numbers struggling greatly since October 2015. 2016 saw Egypt’s tourism numbers fall to 5.3 million (Dec 15 – Nov 16), compared to the 9.7m the previous year (Dec 14 – Nov 15). This is a huge 45% drop in tourism which can be labelled down the political unrest and increase in the presence of terrorism in the country. This is also shown in the expenditure of the visitors to the country which has fallen by 49% from 7.4Bn USD in 2015 to 3.8Bn USD in 2016.

There seems to be no end in sight to the decline in Egyptian tourism which plays a large part in the country’s economy. Many countries have discouraged travel to Egypt unless necessary, and the imminent threat of terrorist attacks is still as prevalent as ever.

Egypt visitor arrivals graph

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16th February 2017 Egyptian tourism continues to decline

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