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Egypt 'still a hot destination this year'

13 Feb 2009

The African holiday hotspot of Egypt will continue to be a popular destination for tourism this year, according to a report by industry research company RNCOS.

Promotional campaigns being pursued by the Egyptian government and the popularity of the country's ancient sites are set to support its tourism industry over the coming year, the study suggests.

Visitor arrivals in Egypt increased by 19% to reach 13m in 2008 and income from tourism climbed by 23% to $11.6bn (£8bn), despite the problems that occurred in the global economy.

RNCOS said that the 'enduring fascination' with Egypt's ancient history, particularly in Europe and the US, would lead to this growth continuing in 2009.

The report also highlighted the lure of 'must-see' sites such as the pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor, as well as the popularity of activities such as cruising down the Nile.

Egypt could be one of a number of African destinations that are popular this year, according to the latest holiday costs report from the Post Office.

The organisation said that the value of currency in South Africa makes it 'an unbeatable option' for long-haul travellers, while Kenya is an 'attractive prospect' owing to its combination of hotel and flight discounts.

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