Arab tourists visiting Egypt soar 91.6% during August


The number of Arab tourists visiting Egypt grew significantly during August 2014 with a 91.6 per cent overall increase in visitors in comparison to August 2013, with 195,257 tourists from Arab countries visiting Egypt in August compared to 101,925 this time last year.

The Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority have focused on attracting Arab and GCC tourists to Egypt through a campaign launched earlier this year.

As a result, there has been a continuous rise in the total number of tourists to Egypt each month; 5,162,970 tourists visited the country in the first seven months of the year, including 617,993 in January, 597,809 in February, 731,849 in March, 835,358 in April, 745,301 in May, 765,490 in June, 869,530 in July, and 979,744 in August.

Emirati tourists, at 5,704, spent time in Egypt in August indicating a 280.5 per cent growth on the same figure for August 2013. This year has seen a 57.9 per cent year-on-year increase in Emirati tourists during the first eight months, as 19,968 Emiratis have visited Egypt so far this year compared to 12,646 during the same period last year.

There were 51,753 Saudi tourists who visited Egypt in August, an increase of 254.3 per cent compared to August 2013. The latest statistics revealed an increase in the number of Saudi tourists by 43.6 per cent during the first eight months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, as 214,536 Saudi tourists visited the country compared to 149,429 during the same period in 2013.

Meanwhile, the number of Kuwaitis visiting Egypt also increased considerably with 14,714 tourists reflecting a 190.6 per cent increase compared to August 2013. There was an increase of 33.7 per cent Kuwaiti tourists during the first eight months of 2014 compared to the same period of 2013, where tourist numbers grew to 73,591 from 55,024