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Egypt Ranked the World’s Second Cheapest Country for Tourists

Egypt Ranked the World’s Second Cheapest Country for Tourists

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Egypt has officially been ranked the world’s second cheapest country for international tourists in this year’s “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report” (TTCR) issued annually by the World Economic Forum.

The TTCR, first published in 2007, measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the Travel & Tourism sector, which in turn contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.” This year the report compared the tourism industry between 141 countries based on factors such as safety and security, hygiene, business environment, price-competitiveness, transportation and the country’s overall stability.

The cheap travel Egypt offers is overshadowed by its lower rankings in regards to safety and security (ranked 136th) which, according to the TTCR, is “reducing Egypt’s appeal to international tourists […] hence, funds available for investment.”

Egypt’s ground infrastructure (ranked 103rd) is additionally a setback which, according to the report, “requires a significant upgrade, especially in terms of quality of roads and efficiency of the transport network.”

Egypt received an overall ranking of 83rd worldwide and 10th within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with an approximate 9 million visitors annually.

The TTCR estimates this to be far below Egypt’s potential seeing as it as a price-competitive destination with many possible investments in the tourism industry. The report argues that Egypt’s many cultural resources and vast history are underutilized, indicated by the country’s low rank for oral and intangible heritage (ranked 60th).

Spain, France and Germany top this year’s worldwide ranking with Angola, Guinea and Chad appearing at the bottom of the list. The United Arab Emirates is ranked first place within the MENA region, followed by Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

Iran was ranked as the only country to offer lower prices for tourists than Egypt, according to the TTCR.

Over the past three years, Egypt’s tourism revenue has plummeted to a mere five percent of what it was prior to the January 25th revolution in 2011. In 2010, Egypt’s tourism revenue accounted for £250 million (approx. EGP 2.5 billion), and in 2014, those numbers have fallen to £10.5 million (approx. EGP 121 million).

Egypt’s tourism industry is one of Egypt’s main sources of economic prosperity, employing more than four million tourism workers nationwide.

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  • Dr. Hashem

    EGypt not cheap. What are you saying bad things about the country for! This is the website seen by millions and you talk like a traitor.

    • Craig

      Take it easy big guy , i think this means that egypt is affordable for tourists.

      • Dr.Hashem

        You take it easy ! This reporter thinking that its okay to say bad things. like the french guy. It is not accpeted. To say that Iran is cheap is okay, they make proberlms.

  • FLYINGCHOPSTIK

    This has to be an error. When i was in. egypt recently, yea food was cheap but not everything. And with all the baksheesh i had to hand out, it certainly added up. Southeast Asia is cheaper in my opinion.

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