Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Egypt gets record 9.7m visitors in 2006-07

Gulf News

Egypt received a record 9.7 million visitors in 2006-07, 13 per cent up on 8.6 million in the previous year, state news agency MENA said on Monday. Egypt's financial year runs from July to June.

The visitors brought $8.2 billion to the country, 14 per cent up on $7.2 billion in the previous year, preserving the status of tourism as a major contributor to Egypt's current account, along with oil and gas exports, Suez Canal transit fees and remittances from Egyptians working abroad.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Andie
Have you seen any breakdown of these figures? Every time I speak to friends who have been to Luxor, they say it's very quiet with few tourists. I suspect that Sharm gets most of the visitors. Best wishes Ann Eglintine

Andie said...

Hi Ann
I haven't seen a recent breakdown of the figures, but my impression from previous figures released re tourism is that you're right and the most popular areas are now Sharm and the Red Sea resorts like Hurghada. Cruises in both the Red Sea and the Med often take in a day trip to Cairo as well, and I have never visited Giza when it wasn't covered in visitors. I'll keep an eye out for some more precise figures though.
All the best