Red Sea cities of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh were listed among the best tourist destinations worldwide in 2022 according to the world’s largest travel guidance platform Tripadvisor, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities read in a statement
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The site pointed out that the city of Hurghada — which is located on the Red Sea — boasts picturesque vistas and tourist components, including the wonderful coral reefs and the charming turquoise waters for surfing, in addition to the great development that the city has witnessed in the past decade, which makes it witness a great turnout of visitors.
The two cities were chosen in Tripadvisor’s list according to tourists’ reviews about their experiences in different touristic destinations, the statement added.
The global travel guidance platform backed the reasons for choosing Hurghada due to its extinguished nature and other touristic factors like breathtaking coral reefs and Turquoise water for windsurfing that made it among the best coastal destinations for European tourists who enjoy snorkelling, diving, dolphins watching and other activities.
It also referred to the urban development that the city witnessed over the last decade.
Meanwhile, Tripadvisor described Sharm El-Sheikh as an attraction destination for divers and environmental tourism lovers, noting the economic growth and development that took place there made it among the most luxurious tourism resorts.
It is also referred to Ras Mohamed nature protectorate which is located 12 kilometres away from Sharm El-Sheikh.
Earlier this year, Trip Advisor listed Hurghada 10th most popular destination in 2022, while Cairo was named as the second trending destination worldwide and the ninth best destination for city lovers in a different ranking that included cities in Mexico and Australia.
The tourism sector in Egypt revived in the second half of 2021 after the resumption of the Russian flights to Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh in August.
Around 3.5 million tourists visited Egypt in the first half of 2021, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
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Egyptian tourism had begun to recover following the setback caused due to the global cautious restrictions since the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020.
Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said in May that Egypt is expected to receive between $ 10 to 12 billion of tourism revenues during Egypt’s fiscal year, which starts from July to June, despite Egypt’s loss of 35 per cent of tourism flow due to the absence of tourists coming from regions that are currently indulging in the Russian war on Ukraine.
“Tourism revenues in 2021 reached over $ 13 billion to reach pre-pandemic levels,” Deputy of Tourism Minister Ghada Shalaby told Reuters.
Tourism is crucial for the Egyptian economy. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly reviewed in June a draft for the Egyptian tourism promotion strategy to absorb the impact of the war.
Egypt had lifted in June all covid-19 restrictions imposed on its arriving nationals abroad and foreign tourists, as it considered it enough to show accredited vaccination certificates, amid the fall in the number of related infections globally.
The North African country’s tourism sector was affected by Covid-19 impacts with the number of tourists reportedly dropping to 3.7 million in 2020 from 13 million in 2019, before rising to 8.2 million in the first 9 months of the fiscal year 2021/22, according to Central Bank of Egypt data.
The North African country’s tourism revenue in 2020 was only $ 4 billion.
Source: Ahram online