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Egypt tourist numbers tumble in March

Cairo, May 15, 2014

The number of tourists visiting Egypt fell 32.4 percent in March compared with the same month last year, state media said, as a vital source of foreign currency continues to dry up after years of political turmoil.

Around 755,000 tourists visited Egypt in March, state-news agency Mena quoted official statistics agency Capmas as saying, compared with more than a million in March 2013.

The tourism sector, a major source of foreign currency for Egypt, has been hammered since the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. It suffered another blow in February when a coach carrying Korean tourists was bombed by Islamist extremists.

Egypt's revenue from tourism tumbled 41 percent last year to $5.9 billion. Hundreds were killed in the violence that followed the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

The tourism ministry this month launched a three-year marketing campaign in the hope of attracting tourists and investors to the country.  - Reuters




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