Tourist in­dus­try re­cov­ers; up 40%

Arabian Business English - - UPFRONT -

THE NUM­BER OF TOURISTS to Egypt soared 40 per­cent in the first nine months of 2018 from a year ear­lier, re­cov­er­ing from a slump that be­gan with the Arab Spring and con­tin­ued as un­rest per­sisted, the tourism min­is­ter said.

“We ex­pect that by the end of 2018 we will not be at the lev­els that we’ve seen in 2010, but we are ap­proach­ing that,” Ra­nia Al Mashat said. “The re­bound is quite steep and we’re try­ing to put the in­dus­try on a com­pet­i­tive base com­pared to our peers.”

Tourism is crit­i­cal to Egypt’s econ­omy, ac­count­ing for 20 per­cent of out­put, ac­cord­ing to Al Mashat.

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