Tourist industry recovers; up 40%
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.