Foreign tourism up by 19.5%, ministry official says

The number of tourists visiting Egypt between January and September this year increased 19.5 percent, compared with the same period last year, said Mahmoud Abdel Wahab, acting director of the Tourism Ministry foreign tourism sector.

Abdel Wahab said the current rate is “good,” and can be maintained if the security situation stabilizes. But he noted that the number of tourists from specific countries have been affected by the recent attacks on police in Arish.

British tourism authorities have told Sinai-bound visitors to be cautious after the recent developments.

“Western Europe markets usually are severely impacted by security-related incidents and news, especially those concerning Sinai,” he explained.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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