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Egypt enjoys strong tourism growth

Egypt enjoys strong tourism growth
19 Jul 2012

Egypt's recovery from the unrest that resulted in the removal of former president Hosni Mubarak early last year appears to be progressing well, with new figures showing strong growth in the country's tourism industry.

Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour announced at a press conference in Cairo that the African nation welcomed more than 5.24m visitors in the first six months of 2012, Reuters reported.

The figure marks growth of 27% on the same period last year.

Egypt now expects to receive more than 12m tourists for 2012 as a whole, which would represent a year-on-year increase of 23%.

Mr Abdel Nour said: 'I expect that the second half of the year will witness great recovery in tourism.'

The minister also said he does not think the election of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi will result in constraints for the sector.

Some industry members have expressed concern that the new regime could place restrictions on common tourist activities such as drinking alcohol and wearing skimpy swimming costumes on the beach, although there has been no official indication of any such regulations.

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