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219 Tourists arrive at Safaga Port

Thursday 20/December/2018 - 01:27 PM
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Safaga Port has received on Thursday ‘Aegean Odyssey’ cruise ship، carrying 219 tourists of different nationalities، and 164 crew members on board.

Red Sea Governorate revealed in an issued statement that the tourist and the crew will tour various resorts and tourist attractions sites. 

The cruise will depart on Saturday to the port of Salalah in Oman.

Noteworthy، the number of tourists to Egypt soared 40 percent in the first nine months of 2018 from a year earlier، recovering from a slump that began with the Arab Spring and continued as unrest persisted، the tourism minister said، according to bloomberg.

“We expect that by the end of 2018 we will not be at the levels that we’ve seen in 2010، but we are approaching that،” Rania Al-Mashat told Bloomberg TV. “The rebound is quite steep and we’re trying to put the industry on a competitive base compared to our peers.”

The government plans to announce a new private equity fund to upgrade its hotels as well as new investment opportunities on islands in the Red Sea، she said.

Tourism is critical to Egypt’s economy، accounting for 20 percent of output، according to Al-Mashat. 

Some 8 million tourists visited Egypt last year.

“The government is trying to diversify tourist base، targeting travelers from Asia and Latin America” Al-Mashat also said.

“The $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum، with more than 10،000 artifacts، will open in 2020”.

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