CAIRO, January 19. /Corr. Dean Drunk/. Egypt tourism sector suffers the most serious in the last 20 years damages. This was stated on Monday the Minister of tourism of Egypt Hisham GaAs.
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As noted in a statement released on Monday evening the report of the Ministry by the end of 2015, after the crash of the Russian aircraft A321 at Sinai, the monthly industry loses 2.2 billion Egyptian pounds ($283 million).
“After the crash A321 on 31 October and followed the tragedy of the cessation of flights by Russian and British planes in Egypt in November and December, the influx of tourists to the resorts fell 50 percent, says the report. – Losses of the tourism sector amounted to $ 2.2 billion EGP General decline in inbound tourism compared to year 2014 is estimated to be 10%, and the reduction of income – 15%”.
As noted by GaAs, the recent “attack on foreign tourists in Hurghada have not had serious impacts on tourism, as the situation in the resort areas of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh after the cessation of flights and the already heavy”. According to the Minister, will take about a year to a relative correction of the situation, mainly due to the Arab tourists, the influx of which is expected Egyptian authorities, may exceed 20% in the course of this year and 25% thereafter.
Egypt’s losses after the cancellation of flights from Russia and UK will be $273 million per month
In General, according to the Ministry, in 2015, Egypt was visited by 9.3 million foreign tourists, up 6% compared with 2014. Revenues totaled $6.1 billion, which is 15% less than 2014. A record figure for the number rested in Egypt tourists were recorded in 2010: then there was your vacation more than 14 million foreigners, including three million Russians. Revenues then exceeded $12 billion.
After the collapse of the Russian aircraft A321 at Sinai on October 31 last year, which killed 224 people, Russia has taken the decision to suspend flights between the two countries. This was done after the FSB has published the data about what the cause of the crash was a terrorist act on Board the ship.