Tourism Minister: Egypt expects growth in the number of tourists 23% in 2012

Cairo – Expect Egyptian Tourism Minister growth in the number of Egypt last minute tours, last minute holidays, deals, tours to Egypt, shore excursions coming to Egypt to 12 million by the end of 2012, up 23 percent from last year ruled that the sector is affected by the election of a president of the Islamic movement.

The Egyptian economy has been hit by the decline in numbers of tourists and investors in the wake of the popular uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak from power nearly 17 months ago.

Many fear in the tourism sector of the delayed recovery of the sector if we assume President Mohamed Morsi restrictions on the sector, such as the prevention of sea bass and wines which are considered a standard part of any foreign tourists’ vacation on the beach.
did not mention the Muslim Brotherhood, which belongs to Morsy that it will impose such restrictions.

The minister said Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour told a news conference in Cairo that Egypt received five million and 242 thousand and 652 tourists in the first six months of 2012, up 27 percent from the same period of 2011.

He added that the period witnessed a significant increase in the number of tourists from Russia, Poland and Germany in particular.

“I expect that the second part of the year will see a great tourist growth” pointing to factors including initiatives by the ministry to support eco-tourism.

“I expect that Egypt will be able to without a major effort (from) to end the year receiving more than 12 million tourists.”

Asked if he was concerned about the recovery of the sector because of the limitations can Egyptbe imposed by Morsi Abdel Nour said he did not expect to impose any policies that might harm the tourism sector is important.

He said “there is no political force or a political party or the President of the Republic or a government that works in a democratic framework and thus held accountable official of public opinion … to follow policies detrimental to tourism in Egypt.”

“Tourism employs four million people affected by indirectly more than 14 million and one.”

He said that Egypt has the necessary resources to achieve tourism revenues worth $ 25 billion by 2017, double the figure achieved in 2010.

Tourism is an important source of foreign currency for 11 percent of GDP in Egypt.