News

Egypt is 2017’s ‘Second Fastest Growing’ Tourist Destination: UN

Egypt is 2017’s ‘Second Fastest Growing’ Tourist Destination: UN

Despacito’s Luis Fonsi (pictured above), Kourtney Kardashian, and other celebrity visits to Egypt contribute to the nation’s rising global tourism ranking.

Egypt has risen up the ranks to be one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for international tourists in 2017, reported the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Despite flight bans by the United Kingdom and Russia starting in 2015, the number of tourists arriving in Egypt saw a boost of 51 percent this year alone.

“That hasn’t stopped other nationalities flocking to the country, which has witnessed a 51 per cent spike in international tourist arrivals this year and is on course to welcome nearly eight million holiday travelers in 2017,” claimed the report.

The number one position on the list was awarded to Palestine, who witnessed a 57 percent increase in tourists arriving from all over the globe.

The study also mentioned that despite the new ranking, the increased number of visitors is still significantly lower than those prior to the 2011 uprising.

Other Nations Measure Up

After Egypt, the Pacific’s Northern Mariana Islands claimed the third spot on the list, with Iceland coming in at fourth.

It is believed that Iceland’s 35 percent boost could be credited to its role in the globally popular television series “Game of Thrones”, parts of which were filmed in the island nation. In addition, as part of a tourism marketing campaign, Iceland began offering free layovers to travelers flying between North America and Europe.

Vietnam is 2017’s fastest-growing Asian destination, at 31 percent and sixth on the list, with Tunisia nabbing the fifth ranking.

Global destinations accommodated around 369 million tourists in the first quarter of 2017. This portrays an increase of about 21 million tourists, or six percent more than the same time last year, reported the UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer.

 

Trump Calls Sisi after U.S. Suspends $290 Million in Aid Funding to Egypt
Egypt's Suez Canal Revenues Reach $477.1 Million in July

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

An avid traveller, photographer, and culture aficionado who graduated from the London School of Journalism, Kari recieved her sciences degree in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. Kari is a Senior Editor and Writer at Egyptian Streets, Allteresting News, and Le Voyageur Magazine.

More in News

Egyptian Government Opens Shelter for Women Victims of Violence in Giza

Egyptian StreetsDecember 13, 2019

Google Injects 1M USD Into Arabic Digital Skills Program, Improves Arabic Search

Aya NaderDecember 11, 2019

Egypt Approves Law to Grant Foreigners Egyptian Nationality Under Conditions of Investment

Egyptian StreetsDecember 11, 2019

Cairo University’s Anti-Violence Against Woman Unit Aiming to Create ‘Safe Environment for All’

Egyptian StreetsDecember 11, 2019

Google Maps Launches ‘Motorcycle Mode’ for Millions of Two-Wheel Drivers in Egypt

Aya NaderDecember 10, 2019

Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh Airport Leads Africa’s Top Fastest Growing Airports

Egyptian StreetsDecember 9, 2019

Real Estate Mogul Samih Sawiris Acquires Thomas Cook Germany

Egyptian StreetsDecember 7, 2019

Egyptian Woman Becomes Country’s First Flight Attendant with Down Syndrome

Egyptian StreetsDecember 5, 2019