The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMPAS) said that the number of foreign tourists declined by 45% last August compared to the same month last year. as reported by Rassd News Network.
The agency pointed in a released statement that the number of foreign tourists from all countries of the world reached 503,000 tourists in August compared to 915,200 tourists in the same month last year.
The agency said that the main reason behind this decline is the sharp drop in the number of tourists coming from Russia by 55,2%, the United Kingdom by 15.9%, Germany 14%, and Italy6.2%.
In fact, the number of tourists have recorded its highest withdrawal last June by 59.9%, while the number of tourists has withdrawn by 41.9% last July, by 51.7% in May, 54% in April, 47.2% in March, 45.9% in February and 46.3% in January.
Moscow has suspended its flights to Egypt for security concerns after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Sinai Province, a group affiliated with the Islamic State, had claimed responsibility for downing the Russian plane.
Since then, tourism traffic has declined in an unprecedented way in Egypt.
Tourism sector has shrunk by 22.7% in the last 9 months of 2015-2016 compared to 34.6% in the same period, according to the ministry of planning releases.
In this context, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMPAS) stated that the number of nights spent by tourists in August reached 3.5% million nights compared to 9 million nights spent in the same month last year,with a decline of 61.3%.
CMAPAS believes that the reason behind the decline in touristic nights is “the decline in the numbers of the eastern Europe tourists by 92.6%, and the Russain Federation had the highest share from this decline by 99.5%”.