Factsheet Preparation: Egypt Analysis 2022

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Factsheet Preparation: Egypt
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Egypt Tourism
Egypt has been a leading tourism destination since thousands of years. The country has
been a major source of power as long as history goes back and hence, it has a rich cultural
history and numerous destinations that attract millions of tourists every year. The main attraction
of Egypt is the pyramid, which is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The
Nile Valley has several millennia-old monuments that are the major tourist attractions.
Total number of visitors to Egypt and analysis of international visitor growth and source
The total tourist arrivals in Egypt reached 11.3 million in 2018, which is a significant
increase from 8.3 million in 2017 (enterprise.press 2019). Among this huge number of tourists,
the German tourists constitute the majority with 1.7 million in numbers. Apart from the
Germans, significant number of visitors came from Britain, Ukraine, Italy, Sudan, Libya and
Saudi Arabia. Egypt received highest number of visitors in 2010 with 14.7 million, and after that
the number reduced due to political and economic turmoil and violence in the nation and in the
Middle East (Oxford Business Group 2019). However, 2018 experienced a significant surge in
the tourist number. According to the tourism department of Egypt, there was a fall in number of
visitors after 2010, such as, 9.8 million in 2011, 11.5 million in 2012, 9.5m in 2013, 9.8m in
2014, 9.3m in 2015 and 5.4 million in 2016, representing a drop of 42% than 2015 due to a series
of events like terrorism, travel ban by foreign government and general concerns over safety
(Ceicdata.com 2019). It again increased in 2017 with 8.3 million visiting Egypt and 11.3 million
in 2018.
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of
visitors in
Egypt (in
14.7 9.8 11.5 9.5 9.8 9.3 5.4 8.3 11.3
(Source: Ceicdata.com 2019)
In the past decade, the source markets of international visitors have expanded
significantly and rapidly. With a growth in the global economy, the trend of international travel
has become extremely popular. In case of Egypt’s latest data on the international visits, it has
been observed that Arab world is the major source market for Egypt. 2 million Arab tourists
visited the country in 2016, accounting for 40% of the total visits. The country has particularly
targeted tourists from India and China due to the rapid and immense growth of these two
economies. In 2017, the country estimated a 50% increase in the visitors from India and by end

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