Egypt suffers slump in UK tourists

Egypt suffers slump in UK tourists

The number of British tourists to Egypt fell by around 400,000 last year following political upheaval in the country.

And UK arrivals are not expected to recover to pre-Arab spring levels this year.

Figures from the Egypt Tourism Authority show that 1.034 million British holidaymakers visited the country last year, down from 1.45 million in 2010.

Forecasts for this year suggest a rise to 1.2 million.

The UK remained the second highest source market for overseas visitors to Egypt behind Russia and ahead of Germany.

The average UK holidaymaker spent 11.45 nights in Egypt in 2011, according to the tourism authority.

A spokeswoman said: “There is still a very strong focus on tourism and the UK market in particularly important to Egypt.”


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