Egypt has ranked the fastest growing tourist destination for 2017 in a recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The annual tourism highlights report figures revealed that tourist numbers have spiked to 55.1 percent representing about 8.6 million visitors.
The number of tourists was extremely downsized from 14.7 million in 2010 to 5.2 million in 2016. The country has been affected severely with the political turbulences that country has witnessed after the revolution to the recent occurrences of drowning of the Russian charter jet.
Minister of tourism, Rania Al-Mashat has recently reported that the number of tourists in Egypt jumped by 30 percent during the first quarter of 2018 compared to last year. The government officials have also announced that tourism revenues jumped by 77 percent in first half of 2018 by $4.8 billion dollars compared with the same period last year.
In a recent speech at the 44th meeting of the UNWTO, Minister Rania Al-Mashat mentioned that 3 most important factors that could foster tourism growth would be; human resources, creativity and technology. Egypt is also planning on targeting Asia and Eastern Europe to widen its visitor base.
The annual report also included countries from the region like Palestine, which ranked on the fourth spot on the list with a 25.7 percent increase in tourist growth. The report also included countries like Togo, Vietnam, Turkey, etc.