EASYJET ANNOUNCE EGYPT HOLIDAY BOUNCE-BACK
EasyJet Holidays has reported that flight bookings to Egypt are on the increase and the country is experiencing a bounce-back.
Mandy Round, general manager at EasyJet, commented: “You can see a spike in interest that coincided with the elections in May and it has continued to thrive. It is not surprising that the destination remains resilient as it offers year-round sunshine, quality hotels as well as the cultural aspects and some of the best diving in the world.”
More than 12 million tourists are expected to visit Egypt by the end of 2012, a 23 percent rise on the previous year. The rise in tourists is good news for the country’s economy and has spread optimism across Egypt.
It is important the tourism industry keeps improving as 11 percent of the country’s gross domestic product comes from the tourism sector and 15 percent of the workforce is in tourism related employment.
The Red Sea resort areas such as Hurghada and Sahl Hasheesh have already seen a noticeable rise in tourists coming into the area in 2012. Tourism Minister Mounir Abdel Fakhry Nour noted a significant rise in tourist arrivals, stating that among other factors new initiatives by the ministry have helped boost ecotourism.
“I expect the second half of the year will witness great recovery in tourism. I expect that Egypt will be able, without much effort, to receive more than 12 million tourists by the end of the year.”
He stated that by 2017 Egypt has the potential to be earning revenues of $25 billion, double the figure of that in 2010. This is good news for the country and shows that it is on the right track for a thriving economy.
Source: Breaking Travel News, Reuters