Egyptian Tourism Undersecretary, Mustapha Badir, estimated that tourism revenues totaled $4.3 billion in 2000, reported Al-Bayan> newspaper. He added that the tourism sector provided jobs for 2.3 million Egyptians.
Under the Egyptian tourism plan, enacted in 1994 by Tourism Minister, Memdouh Beltajeh, nine million travelers were targeted to visit Egypt in 2005. By the end of 2000, the overall local hotel occupancy grew to 107,000 rooms, up from 59,000 in 1993. Official sources reported that 5.5 million tourists visited Egypt in 2000.
In an act aiming to further advance the tourism sector in Egypt, more than 105 Egyptian tourism companies and 15 travel agencies recently attended the eighth Arab Travel Forum in Dubai. The Egyptian pavilion fair consisted of an additional 15 tourism enterprises and five hotels, as well as the national air-carrier. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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