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7.4 million tourists visit Egypt in 9 months

Visitors from European Union countries reached 2.7m while Arab tourists numbered 1.3m

A total of 7.4 million tourists visited Egypt in the first nine month of the current year, up from 7.1m recorded in the same period last year.

During the nine-month period, tourists spent a combined 70.4m nights, compared with 69.6m nights in the same period last year.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said in a monthly bulletin that the number of visitors from the European Union countries reached 2.7m while Arab tourists numbered 1.3m.

According to the data published by Youm7, April saw the highest number of tourists, with 923,900 visitors who spent 9.5m nights followed by August when inbound visitors totalled 915,200 and spent 9m nights.

Egyptian officials have already spoken of plans to increase tourism revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from $7.3 billion in 2014 by attracting 20m tourists to the country.

A few months ago, the Egyptian General Authority for Tourism Promotion had said that it aims to attract 7m Arab tourists by 2020.

($1 = AED3.67, at the time of publishing)