Egyptian tourism minister, Hisham Zaazou has said the government aims to attract 13.5 million visitors next year, bringing in around $11bn, as it launches an international campaign to lure back foreigners deterred by political turmoil, Reuters has reported. “If nothing huge happens to affect tourist movement, and we go into 2014 positively, numbers will rise again .. next year we can work on the 13.5 million figure,” Zaazou said. Tourist numbers have fallen since a popular revolt overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. “Recovery will begin at the start of the year, and total recovery, such that we reach the normal averages pre-uprising, will be by end-2014,” he told the news service.
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