The Egyptian ministry of tourism recently published statistics indicating a 5.7 percent fall in the number of tourists traveling to the country during the first eight months of 2001, as compared to the corresponding term the previous year, reported Al-Bayan.
An 8.8 percent rise was recorded in the number of tourists originating from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A total of 23,583 Emiratis traveled to Egypt between January and August 2001, compared with 21,672 tourists in the corresponding period of the previous year. During the month of August alone, 5,578 Emirati tourists visited Egypt, compared with 5,632 tourists in August 2000, a 20 percent climb.
All 3,474,260 incoming tourists spent a total of 22,141,424 nights in Egypt through the period January-August 2001, a 1.3 percent decrease compared with the corresponding period of the previous year. Of this total, 4,259,465 nights were spent by Arab tourists, a 1.5 percent rise as compared to the corresponding period in 2000. — (Mena Report)
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