How many people visit Egypt in 2017

Tourism in Egypt

Egypt recorded a total of 13 million tourists in 2019 and was 36th in the world in absolute terms.

It is obvious that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests. If you convert the number of tourists to the inhabitants of Egypt, the result is a somewhat more comparable picture: With 0.13 tourists per inhabitant, Egypt was in 142nd place in the world. In North Africa, in third place behind Morocco.

In 2019, Egypt generated around 12.73 billion euros in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.7 percent of the gross domestic product and around 47 percent of all international tourism income in North Africa.

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The most popular cities in Egypt for international travelers are Cairo and Hurgada. In 2019, Cairo ranked 37th among the world's most popular cities with 6.81 million tourists. With 3.87 million tourists, Hurgada was in 63rd place.

On average, each of the tourists who arrived in 2019 spent around 978 euros.

Development of the tourism sector in Egypt from 1995 to 2019

The graph below shows the number of foreign tourists registered in Egypt each year. A tourist is anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months. To the extent that the survey also included the purpose of travel, business travel and other non-tourism purposes have already been filtered out. The number of people passing through within the same day and, for example, crew members of ship or aircraft crews, is also not regarded as a tourist purpose in most countries. If the same person travels in and out several times within a year, each visit counts again.

Figures in the chart in millions of tourists. The red line corresponds to the average of all 6 countries in North Africa.


Development of tourism income

In 1995, income from tourism was 2.16 billion euros, around 4.9 percent of the gross national product. With around 3.13 million tourists at the time, this corresponded to around 691 euros per person. In the past 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased only slightly. In the last year of the survey, sales now amount to 12.73 billion euros, accounting for 4.7 percent of the gross national product. So today every visitor spends an average of 978 euros on their vacation in Egypt.



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All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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