Tourism in Egypt

  • British woman languishes in Egyptian jail for carrying painkillers

    EGYPT, 2017/11/04 Egyptian authorities have detained a British woman who entered the country carrying painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker who lives in Hull, was arrested next 290 tramadol tablets and some naproxen for her husband’s sore back was found in her suitcase. She again reportedly signed her name beneath a 38-page statement in Arabic, upon request, believing she would be able to leave the airport afterwards and begin her two-week break by Red Sea.
  • Egypt: PM Meets Tourism Investors

    EGYPT, 2017/10/17 Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Monday 2/10/2017 received a group of tourist investors to review problems facing the sector and proposals to solve them. The ministers of tourism and civil aviation took part in the conference. The participants discussed files related to the tourism investment field, inclunding the procedures for granting visas to Egypt, the removal of some bureaucratic procedures that hinder investment in the field.
  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • International Arrivals To Africa Reach More Than 18 Million In 2017

    BOTSWANA, 2017/09/09 Market Research Company Euromonitor International revealed before this week the key trends shaping travel and tourism in Africa at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. According to Euromonitor International’s new data, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6.5 % in 2017, to reach 18,550 million, up from 16,351 million in 2012. Key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania accounted for 70 % of international trips to the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • The future of the tourism in Egypt Accessibility and attracting investors the key issues for tourism industry say industry leaders

    EGYPT, 2016/04/07 Egypt’s major tourism stakeholders are optimistic about the next of the rapidly rebounding sector as the Ministry of Tourism’s strategy takes flight While Egypt and its world-famous attractions may have been a must-visit destination for a lot of people, since the 2011 revolution times have been tough on the tourism industry. The fall in tourist numbers has led to action by the government and the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) in the form of a $68 million campaign that aims to reach 20 million tourists by 2020. However, with the arrival of political stability, Egypt’s tourism sector is presently seeing gradual recovery. 9.9 million tourists came to the country in 2014, up from 9.5 million in 2013. The campaign aims to further increase tourism numbers by focusing on six major areas: marketing, accessibility, cultural development, productivity, business development and new project development.
  • Morocco Bids to Replace Turkey, Egypt as Russian Tourist Destination

    EGYPT, 2016/04/03 The North African kingdom wants to quintuple the number of Russian tourists within three years. 31 March 2016 Additional nations are seeking to exploit Egypt’s and Turkey’s tourism woes by making inroads into the Russian sun-and-sand package tour business. Morocco has joined the race, revealing plans to attract far larger numbers of Russian tourists, Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad says. “Russia offers us a large opportunity. We want to increase the number of arrivals from Russia by 400 %, from 40,000 per year to 200,000 per year, over three years,” Haddad says as reported by Bloomberg.
  • Tourist numbers in Egypt have plunged in recent months

    EGYPT, 2016/01/08 A string of British airlines have again delayed the resumption of regular flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following a plane crash before this year. The airlines initial suspended flights next the crash of a Russian airliner near the Red Sea holiday destination on October 31 in which all 224 people on board died. Investigators have concluded it was downed by a bomb and the Islamic National group has claimed responsibility. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the attack had raised doubts about "the capability of the security on the ground" at the airport.
  • Egypt hopes to generate $20 billion from tourism by 2020

    EGYPT, 2015/03/31 Egypt hopes to generate $20 billion in revenue from tourism by 2020 by attracting 20 million visitors, new tourism minister Khaled Ramy said on Sunday at an international investment conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. An uprising that toppled leader Hosni Mubarak four years ago hit the economy hard, discouraging investors and tourists and slashing economic increase. Egypt hopes the conference will project an image of stability and help attract billions of dollars. Ramy said that goal was part of strategic plans that include creating two new resorts through nearly $1 billion of investment over five years and hiring a private company to run a three-year advertising campaign.
  • Egypt-Turkey tension: Not effecting tourism relations

    EGYPT, 2013/11/12 Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou on Monday stressed that a number of tourism cooperation deals signed recently between Egypt and Turkey would remain intact despite ongoing political tensions between Cairo and Ankara. "Political issues will not impact [Egypt's] economic relations with Turkey," Zaazou said on the sidelines of an economic conference in Cairo on Monday.
  • Egypt's famous Sharm el-Sheikh beach resort

    EGYPT, 2013/08/11 With travel warnings in place from almost any country on the globe, a typical day in Egypt's famous Sharm el-Sheikh beach resort includes seeing several hundred protesters chanting with Egyptian flags. About 100 feet away, on the shore of the Red Sea, foreign tourists nonchalantly ate dinner outside their hotel. Werner Gesser and known eTurboNews reader tells eTN: "Sharm is not ok. “The city is not (so) clean anymore. Nobody cares, no control anymore about who is allowed to enter Sharm.