The number of tourists visiting Egypt in April rose to 1.1 million compared to 1 million in the same month last year, according to a report by the Central Agency of Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
Egypts Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has approved new plans to target tourists from the Arab Gulf starting after the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The plan includes initiatives by the government, as well as the countrys flagship carrier, EgyptAir, and the Chamber of Tourism Establishments, to restore tourist turnout especially in Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurgada and Marsa Alam.
The ministry is also planning to launch a “societal dialogue” project with Sinai residents, to promote Bedouin activities like camel racing to attract Arab tourism, said Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou.
President of the Egyptian Tourism Federations (ETF) Elhamy ElZayat told state-run news agency MENA that they are creating a plan targeting foreign markets to attract more tourism to Egypt.
“In order to gain speedy profits we will start by attracting the traditional tourist markets, which could rescue the sector in cities rich with monuments, especially Luxor, the world�s greatest open air museum, Aswan and Cairo,” ElZayat said.
Chairman of the Touristic Investors Association in South Sinai Hesham Ali also emphasised the importance of Arab Gulf tourism.
“The Arab tourist is a profit maker,” he said, adding: “Summer is the Arab vacation season, so I think it will be a good move to attract them.”
Ali asserted that numbers of Gulf tourists would increase only through “promotional campaigns” in Arab countries, yet he cautioned against extra incentives or discounts, saying “Egypt is the cheapest tourist destination ever.”