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Number of tourists visiting Egypt dropped by nine per cent in September

This was mainly driven by the decline in footfall coming from Eastern Europe

The number of tourists arriving in Egypt fell by 9.3 per cent to 802,000 tourists during September 2015, down from 883,900 tourists during the same month last year, recent statistics show.

According to a statement issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the drop in tourist numbers was mainly driven by the decline in footfall coming from Eastern Europe, followed by the Middle East and Africa.

The statement added that Eastern Europe was the first source area for tourists, accounting for 38.3 per cent, followed by Western Europe at 34.1 per cent, then the Middle East at 17.3 per cent and Africa 4.3 per cent, reports London-based Alhayat.

The number of tourists visiting from EU countries reached 278,200. German tourists ranked first in terms of number of tourists and accounted for 32.8 per cent, followed by tourists from the United Kingdom with 27.5 per cent, then Italy with 7.6 per cent.

Approximately 163,600 Arab tourists arrived in September. Saudi Arabia came in first place and accounted for 29.7 per cent, followed by Libya with 13.4 per cent, then Jordan with 12.1 per cent and Sudan with 9.5 per cent.