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Travel and Tourism - Egypt - February 2014

Egypt is the most popular destination in the Middle East but the last couple of years have not been the best of times for the country’s tourism industry. No sooner had international arrivals started to recover from the 2008-09 global recession than they fell victim to the negative publicity engendered by the Arab Spring of January 2011.

By the end of that year, the number of foreign tourists visiting Egypt had dropped and although inbound arrivals started to rebound in 2012, that modest recovery was wiped out in 2013 when international arrivals dropped to 9.5 million, due to the ousting of President Morsi, which once more saw the beleaguered Egyptian populace take to the streets.

This is not the first time the Egyptian tourism industry has suffered setbacks. Back in 1997, Islamist extremists massacred 58 tourists in Luxor and in the mid-2000s there were another series of terrorist attacks. Then, as now, however, the government took swift action to restore confidence in the country and it did not take long for inbound arrivals to rebound.

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Table of contents

  1. Egypt: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • The Arab Spring and its aftermath
              • Geography
              • Attractions

                  • The cities
                    • Cairo
                      • The Grand Egyptian Museum
                        • Alexandria
                          • The Red Sea resorts
                            • Sharm el-Sheikh
                              • Taba Heights
                                • Hurghada
                                  • The River Nile
                                  • Tourism and the Economy

                                      • The need to streamline business
                                        • International tourism spending
                                          • Figure 1: International tourism spending in Egypt, 2009-13
                                        • The tourism economy
                                          • Figure 2: Travel and tourism economy showing direct and indirect impact on employment and GDP, 2009-14
                                      • Arrivals

                                        • International
                                          • Figure 3: International tourist arrivals in the Middle East, 2008-12
                                        • Egypt is the leading tourist destination
                                          • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals showing Egypt’s share of the inbound Middle East market, 2008-12
                                        • Source countries
                                          • Figure 5: International tourist arrivals, by country groups, 2008-12
                                        • Travel advisories
                                          • Domestic
                                            • Figure 6: Domestic leisure and business travel and tourism spending in Egypt, 2009-13
                                        • Market Characteristics

                                          • International
                                            • Purpose of visit
                                              • Seasonality
                                                • Figure 7: International tourist arrivals per month showing seasonality, FY 2010/11-FY 2012/13
                                              • Length of stay
                                                • Domestic
                                                  • Purpose of visit
                                                    • Seasonality/Length of stay
                                                    • Transport

                                                      • Air
                                                        • Figure 8: International tourist arrivals, by mode of travel, 2008-12
                                                      • Egypt’s busiest airports
                                                        • Cairo expands its facilities
                                                          • Road
                                                            • Rail
                                                              • Sea
                                                              • Accommodation

                                                                  • Figure 9: Capital investment in travel and tourism, 2009-15
                                                                • Occupancy rates
                                                                  • Business travel
                                                                    • Figure 10: Domestic and international business travel and tourism spending, 2009-13
                                                                  • New hotel rating system
                                                                  • Tourism News

                                                                    • What Next?

                                                                      Travel and Tourism - Egypt - February 2014

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