2008 News Archive - Holidays - Egypt gains global appeal

08 02 2007

Egypt appears to have cemented its reputation as one of the world's most popular tourist resorts, with 9,082,000 holidaymakers arriving last year.

The World Trade Organisation has reported that this represents an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2005, as British holidaymakers in particular flocked to the country in their droves.

The Egyptian Tourism Authority reports that 1,033,000 visitors arrived from England alone, more than from any other country in the world. Russians have also developed a passion for the African country, with 998,000 arriving last year. Germans accounted for 966,000 visitors, representing a slight fall from last year's total.

Egypt is also becoming a hugely popular holiday destination among Americans, with visitor numbers increasing by 16 per cent last year.

"We were very pleased with the growth of American travellers in 2006," said Ayden Nour, consul-director of USA & Latin America for the Egyptian Tourist Authority. "In 2007, we anticipate beating the 2000 record of 235,000 visitors."

Interestingly, tourists are also staying in Egypt for longer than they used to do, suggesting that more people are discovering more of the country's attractions during the course of their stay. The average holiday length increased from 8.2 nights in 2005 to 8.3 last year.

"Egypt has always been a powerful draw for visitors, with numbers increasing year after year. People are coming not only for first-time visits, to see our world-renowned sights, but also for repeat stays to enjoy another helping of our year-round sunshine and our wonderful beaches and resorts," said Ahmed El Khadem, chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Authority.

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