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Egypt tourism numbers bounce back

Egypt tourism numbers bounce back
23 Jan 2013

Egypt's tourism sector has bounced backed after the uncertainty caused by the 2011 uprising led to a fall in visitor numbers.

The Africa country, which boosts a wealth of attractions including the pyramids, saw tourist numbers increase by 17% last year to around 11.5 million, Reuters reports.

Tourism minister Hisham Zaazou said the sector would use this improvement as a springboard to return to the figures seen before the troubles.

'We did better than anyone expected despite the problems we had,' he told the news provider.

'We can move close to figures of 2010 by the end of 2013. We hope to pave the way for a comeback.'

It was recently reported that visitors to Egypt are to be encouraged to visit an exact replica of the world famous Tutankhamun's tomb in order to preserve the original site, which has been damaged by changes in humidity levels caused by tourists.

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