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Egypt tourism expected to bounce back this year

Egypt tourism expected to bounce back this year
1 May 2012

Egypt's tourism industry is set to experience a recovery this year following protests that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, according to a government spokesman.

Tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour predicted that the north African nation will welcome some 14.7m visitors in 2012, approximately the same amount as in 2010, before the civil unrest affected the industry.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Mr Abdel Nour revealed that the sector has already shown signs of improvement in 2011, with a 40% year-on-year increase in arrivals in the first quarter.

He added: 'The growth in tourism numbers this year will be driven by new products we are offering, like the reopening of the Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan.'

The minister said the months of May and June could see a fall in visitor numbers as a result of presidential elections but predicted further increases later in the year.

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