The Egyptian Tourism Authority has revealed that over one million UK
holidaymakers visited Egypt in 2006, representing an impressive increase of 23.3% on
2005 figures.From January - December 2006, 1,033,761 UK holidaymakers visited Egypt, breaking the
one million mark for the first time and making it the biggest tourist market for
Egypt, also a first. The UK leaps three places to number one, followed by Russia.
At the same time, UK tourist nights have increased by 21.1% to 9,105,599.
Khaled Ramy, UK Director of the Egyptian Tourist Authority, commented: “Our thanks
and appreciation go out to everyone in the trade - all our tour operator, airline
and hotel partners - who have worked so hard to help make these results possible. We
are extremely grateful for their continued support and look forward to welcoming
even more visitors to Egypt in 2007.”
The huge increase in 2006 is a further indication that Egypt is on course to achieve
its aim of welcoming 16 million visitors from around the world every year by 2014,
an ambitious target announced last year by the Egyptian Minister for Tourism, H.E.