The best kind of 'aid': UAE tourists to Egypt climb 35%
The results indicate increases of 35 per cent in tourists from the UAE, 6.3 per cent from Saudi Arabia and 10.8 per cent in tourists from Kuwait.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Egyptian Tourism Authority, or ETA, has announced tourism statistics for May 2014, revealing a significant increase in the number of tourists visiting Egypt from the GCC.
The results indicate increases of 35 per cent in tourists from the UAE, 6.3 per cent from Saudi Arabia and 10.8 per cent in tourists from Kuwait. The positive trend in growth comes as a result of the efforts put forth by the ministry and the ETA in their “Wahashtouna” campaign, which was launched earlier this year to promote tourism from Arab and Gulf nations. The surge of tourists was aided by the increasing stability and security in popular Egyptian destinations including the cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
While there was a decrease of 26.2 per cent in the overall number of incoming tourists from around the world, the number of Emirati tourists increased from 7,591 tourists during the first five months of 2013, to 10,250 tourists during the same period in 2014. The months of April and May saw the most significant growth, recording a 36.6 and 27.3 per cent growth, respectively, in the number Emirati tourists visiting Egypt this year when compared to the same time period in 2013.
The average stay for the Arab tourist — particularly GCC nationals — increased from 9.5 nights in 2013 to 11.6 nights in 2014.
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