Statistics show a decisive increase in touristic activity during the first half of 2012. The government statistical agency CAPMAS reported a total amount of 5.08 million tourists who came to Egypt from January to August 2012.
The month July saw an increase of 8,3 % against July 2011, namely one million. However, good rates from 2010 have not been reached yet. Most of the tourists came from Western Europe, followed by Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
They spend about 11,4 million nights in Egyptian Hotels, 7,8 % more than last year, but 2,8 % less than in 2010. In July 2012 about 218.000 tourists from Arab countries spend 3,3 million nights in Egypt compared to 3.2 million nights in 2010. The tourism sector seems to recover, but till the 12 million mark former tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour had announced for the year 2012 will be reached, a lot of water still has to go down the Nile.
Source: eTN Global Travel Industry News