Egypt received 3.5 million tourists in the first half of this year, which led to an increase in tourism revenues between 3.5 billion and 4 billion dollars.
Ghada Shalaby, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt, said that the sector's revenues ranged between 3.5 billion and four billion dollars in the first half of this year, while the number of tourists received by the country amounted to about 3.5 million.
Tourism revenue was about $4 billion in 2020, down 70 percent from $13.03 billion the previous year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the sector hard.
"We expect tourists to increase in the coming period between 45 and 60 percent compared to last year," Reuters quoted the Egyptian official as saying. "The average spending of a tourist per night is about $95." Tourism contributes up to 15 percent of Egypt's economic output, and is a major source of foreign exchange .
Egypt had closed hotels in March 2020 due to the Corona crisis, and then reopened them after about two months with about 25 percent of the capacity, and this percentage later increased to 50 percent.
Source: Sky News