Tourism in Egypt will not return to pre-crisis levels until 2024, said the former chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) Elhami El-Zayat.
In an interview with Daily News Egypt, he explained that people will be wary of travel for a long time and even vaccination programs will not completely solve this problem, since not only the virus itself is holding back travelers – many of them are postponing their trips due to economic consequences. pandemics.
According to El Ziyat, Egypt’s tourism revenues in 2020 declined by more than 75%, to a record 3.5 billion Egyptian pounds (just under $ 222 million), from 12.5 billion Egyptian pounds (over $ 796 million) in 2019. g.
Previously Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt Khaled El-Anani talked about a 90% drop in income.
As for the Russian market, the travel industry participants in both countries again hope for the restoration of full-fledged air service in the near future. Now everyone is waiting for the report of the inspectors from the Russian Federation, who on the eve inspected the airports of the resorts of the country of the pyramids. But the final decision will probably be made in the spring, after the scheduled meeting. presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi…
In the meantime, the weekly number of regular flights from Moscow to Cairo has grown: there are now 10 of them a week (five for each carrier – Aeroflot and Egyptair). Experts say these flights are in high demand given the lack of most winter beach holiday alternatives.
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