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Egypt’s Tourism Arrivals Decrease by 59.9% in June, Marking Largest Drop: CAPMAS

July 28, 2016
The arrival hall is empty at the Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt, Monday. Airbus executives say they are confident in the safety of the A321 that crashed Oct. 31 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. Photo: AP

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in June dropped by 59.9 percent in comparison to the same month last year, according to the latest numbers from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Whereas Egypt received 820,000 tourists in June 2015, that number dropped by nearly 60 percent year-on-year to reach 320,000 tourists. Russian tourists, who once comprised the biggest bulk of Egypt’s tourist arrivals, dropped by 49.8 percent, while the number of tourists visiting from the United Kingdom and Germany dropped by 11.9 and 8.6 percent, respectively. June’s declining figures mark the largest drop in tourist arrivals the country has witnessed since the beginning of the year. CAPMAS had reported a 54 and 51.7 percent drop year-on-year in tourist arrivals in April and May, respectively. The new figures come against the backdrop of continually declining revenues since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak from the presidency and triggered widespread instability in the country, scaring both tourists and foreign investors away. More than 14.7 million tourists traveled to Egypt prior to the uprising, with that number falling to 9.8 million in 2011. The tourism sector, a vital…

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