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Egypt’s tourists increase 16.5 per cent in May

Eastern Europeans accounted for 43.9 per cent of the total and Germans for 33.4 per cent

The number of foreign and Arab tourists who visited Egypt in May soared by 16.5 per cent to 894,600 against 768,200 in the same month in 2014.

Eastern European tourists accounted for 43.9 per cent of the total number of foreign tourists in that month. Russian tourists made up 73.3 per cent of Eastern European visitors to Egypt.

German visitors accounted for 33.4 per cent of the total number of tourists who came from Western Europe while Saudi Arabia was the top Arab sender of tourists to Egypt.

Visitors coming from other world countries from Africa, Asia and America accounted for 12 per cent of the total number of May tourists, Youm7 reports.

The tourists spent a combined 8.6 million nights in May compared with 7.3 million nights in the same month of 2014, marking an increase of 17.5 per cent.

The total number of Arab tourists stood at 153,700 in May against 124,900 tourists in the same period last year, up by 23.1 per cent.

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

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