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Egypt aims to boost tourism by 30% per year by bringing in private firms

Egypt plans to boost tourism by up to 30% a year over the next five years
03.03.23 | Source: Travel and Tour

Egypt, home to ancient pyramids and Red Sea resorts, intends to boost tourism by up to 30% per year over the next five years by bringing in private corporations to run sites and inaugurating a massive museum by the end of 2023, Reuters reported citing Egypt’s Tourism Minister.

Tourism is an important source of foreign currency and employment in Egypt’s faltering economy. The industry generated $10.75 billion in the fiscal year ending June 2022, up from $4.86 billion the previous year. But, it accounts for less than 1% of the worldwide tourism marker, according to Ahmed Issa, Tourism Minister.

The budget for more than 2,000 archaeological sites and 41 museums in the fiscal year 2021/22 was a modest 3.2 billion Egyptian pounds ($170 million at the exchange rate at the time).

“I think Egypt deserves and should be able to grow its tourism industry by 25% to 30% per annum consistently over the coming decade. And that should get us to about 30 million (visitors) by the year 2028,” Issa told Reuters in an interview.

“It’s a product that has the most compelling competitive advantage of all the products that Egypt can offer globally.”

Immediate goals include increasing airline capacity and boosting the investment climate by streamlining regulation, according to Issa.