Arab tourism increases 66% in August

The number of Arab tourists who visited Egypt in August was about 216,000, compared to 130,000 tourists during August 2011, an increase of 66 percent, the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics said Wednesday.

The state-run agency, which monitors economic and social indicators, said in a report that the total number of tourists who visited Egypt in August was 1 million, compared to 907,000 tourists in August of last year, an increase of 14.4 percent.

A five-year plan conducted by the tourism sector seeks to increase the number of tourists visiting Egypt to 30 million a year by 2017, which would increase state tourism revenues to US$25 billion.

CAPMAS added in its report that Western Europe had the highest level of tourism last August, followed by Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

© Egypt Independent

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