Last Updated: Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:20 pm (KSA) 09:20 am (GMT)

From Egypt Independent: Egypt looks to India to boost struggling tourism market

As the country’s tourism sector strives to get back on its feet following the popular uprising that led to Hosni Mubarak’s downfall last year, the Egyptian Tourism Authority is planning to kick off a major promotional campaign in India this March.

“The number of Indians visiting Egypt has declined sharply compared to other nationalities. The Indian itinerary is mainly based on Cairo and Alexandria sightseeing,” Doaa Fathy, the head of the Indian Department at Travco Travel, tells Egypt Independent. She said Egypt lost around 55 to 60 percent of Indian tourists in 2011.

In the wake of the 18-day uprising that deposed Mubarak, about 10 million tourists visited Egypt in 2011, approximately 32 percent less than in 2010. Tourism makes up 13.5 percent of the national income and forms the backbone of foreign exchange earnings, Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour told Al-Masry Al-Youm in December.

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