Egypt expects double-digit growth in tourism after recording second-fastest rate in North Africa

The National | April 08, 2019

Egypt expects double-digit growth in its tourism sector this year after it rebounded in 2018, as Africa’s third-largest economy presses forward with investment in its transportation and aviation infrastructure, the country’s tourism minister said.Egypt’s travel and tourism sector recovered last year, making it the second-fastest growing in North Africa after Ethiopia, accelerating at 16.5 per cent, ahead of the global average of 3.9 per cent, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.“The government has done a lot in terms of investment in infrastructure for security and that has contributed to the rebound in tourism,” Rania Al Mashat told The National at the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea.“Yes, it’s going to be strong,” Ms Mashat said when asked if the sector’s pace of growth would be on par with last year. She declined to provide specific projections, however.

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Worldwide GDP created through the travel and tourism industry will reach $11 trillion by 2027.

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Worldwide GDP created through the travel and tourism industry will reach $11 trillion by 2027.

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