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Published on Monday, March 18, 2019

Egypt's tourism recovery continues

Egypt's tourism is continuing to bounce back thanks to improved security, according to the latest figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Tourism figures grew 16.5% last year, making it the fastest-growing country in North Africa and second only to Ethiopia in the whole continent.

The WTTC said the growth was down to the improved security infrastructure, which has helped to attract international visitors back to the destination and has allowed major travel companies to restart operations in popular destinations such as Sharm el Sheik.

This follows a year of record growth in 2017, which saw a travel and tourism jump 54.8%, although it has not yet fully recovered to pre-crisis levels.

The largest inbound international markets were Germany (13%); Russia (12%); the UK (7%); Saudi Arabia (6%); and Italy (3%).

WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara said: "We are delighted to see the strong recovery of the Egyptian travel sector - a sector so crucial to national economic growth and a key provider of jobs."

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