More than a million tourists visit the Red Sea in three months


More than 1,175,000 tourists visited the Red Sea region in the months of June, July and August, statistics by the Red Sea Tourism Promotion Authority revealed on Monday.

The statistics showed that Hurgahda airport received 989,000 tourists and 5,559 flights from various European countries. Russian tourists comprised 45 per cent of European tourists while 20 per cent of tourists arrived from Germany, followed by Ukrainian tourists.

Furthermore, Marsa Alam airport received 1,208 flights in the past three months carrying more than 185,000 tourists. English tourists to the town were at the forefront, followed by tourists from Germany.

The country’s tourism sector accounts for roughly nine percent of the GDP, but has experienced several setbacks due to social unrest and travel warnings since 2011. Tourism is one of Egypt’s main foreign currency earners, along with remittances from Egyptians living abroad and Suez Canal revenues.

The US, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands have recently lifted travel bans and warnings for various Egyptian districts.