About 9.9 million tourists visited Egypt in 2014, up by 0.4 per cent compared with 9.5mn in 2013, according to government figures.
Visitors from Eastern European nations accounted for 45.1 per cent of the total number of tourists in 2014, followed by Western Europeans (31.6 per cent) and Middle Eastern visitors (13.6 per cent), according to data by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics.
The figures reveal that the number of Arab visitors dropped by 7.8 per cent to 1.6mn tourists in the past year, compared with 1.8mn in 2013.
The data shows that tourists spent 97.3mn nights in Egypt in 2014, compared with 94.4mn nights in 2013, up by 3 per cent. Arab tourists spent only 19mn nights in the past year.
The tourists’ average stay stood at 10.2 nights in 2014 compared with 10.3 nights in 2013.
Recently, Egypt’s Tourism Minister, Khaled Rami, said that his country seeks to increase tourism revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from $7.3bn in 2014 by attracting 20mn tourists to the country.
Egypt’s tourism sector, a major underpinning of the national economy, was hit hard by the political standoff after 2011.
According to government data, the country’s tourism revenues contribute 11.3 per cent of the gross domestic product and 14.4 of the country’s supply of hard currencies.