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Egypt Sees Document Tourism Regardless of Israel-Gaza Warfare

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Egypt’s tourism trade has been in a position to stand up to a few of the affect of the Israel-Hamas warfare.

Egypt obtained a record-breaking variety of vacationers in 2023 regardless of the warfare between Israel and Hamas, in response to a press release by the nation’s tourism ministry on Thursday. 

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The nation introduced in 14.9 million vacationers, beating the earlier file of 14.7 million vacationers in 2010, stated Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa. 

After the warfare broke out in October, a number of tour operators advised Skift they noticed a spike in journey cancellations from Western vacationers.

“We noticed this entire worry of fast escalation between Israel and different Center Japanese nations,” stated Yves Marceau, vice chairman of product for G Adventures, in December. “Proper off the bat, Egypt, Jordan tanked. Something within the Center East tanked.”

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Though the warfare began in October, tourism to Egypt continued to develop, with 3.6 million vacationers within the final three months. That was up 8% from 2022 although 600,000 wanting Egypt’s objective.

Issa attributed Egypt’s file yr to his ministry’s efforts like increasing resort room capability and going after new markets and inspiring Arab tourism.

By December, the warfare hadn’t unfold as some feared, and tour operators stated they noticed fewer cancellations. Bookings for 2024 are starting to choose up, stated Marceau, however are nonetheless low.

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