The number of tourists arriving in Egypt decreased to 431,800 in May 2016, compared to 894,600 in May 2015, an overall decline of 51.7% according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
The monthly bulletin for tourism statistics for May 2016, issued by CAPMAS on Tuesday, attributed the decline in tourism to fewer Russian tourists visiting Egypt. The number of tourists from Russia decreased by 61.3%, followed by the United Kingdom with a 12.9% decline, Germany 10%, and Italy 4.2%.
Tourists from the Middle East made up the largest group in Egypt, contributing to 32.4% of the total inbound tourism. Saudi Arabia topped the regional rankings accounting for 31.2% of Middle Eastern tourism.
Western Europe contributed the second largest number of tourists to Egypt, constituting 28% of arrivals. Germans comprised 37.6% of the total tourist arrivals from Western Europe.
Africa was the third highest region, making up 12.5% of total inbound tourism. Sudan topped the list of tourists coming to Egypt, accounting for 65.1% of African tourists.
The rest of the world, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and other countries altogether accounted for 27.1% of the total inbound tourism.
The number of tourists from Arab countries was estimated at 183,800 tourists during May compared to 153,700 tourists during May 2015, marking an increase of 19.6% and accounting for 42.6% of total inbound tourism.
The number of tourists departing from Egypt amounted to 413,000 tourists during May compared to 888,100 tourists in May 2015, a decline of 53.5%.
The number of nights tourists stayed in Egypt in May has also declined to 2.5m nights in total compared to 8.6m nights during May 2015, a decline of 71.4%.
CAPMAS attributed this fall to the 94.9% decrease in the number of nights Eastern European tourists stayed, followed by Russian tourists whose rate of nights stayed decreased by 99.2%.
Middle Eastern tourists stayed the most nights in Egypt, making up 36.1% of the total nights spent. Saudi Arabia topped the region’s ranking with 31.2% of the total number of nights of Middle Eastern tourists.
The number of nights Western European tourists stayed in Egypt, accounted for 30.5% of the total nights spent, with Germany topping the region with 42.9% of the total number of nights.
The number of nights African tourists stayed in Egypt made up 11.6% of the total nights spent. Sudan topped the region ranking with 81.3% of the total number of nights.
Tourists from Arab countries stayed a total of 1.2m nights during May, compared to 1.5m nights during May 2015, a decrease of 24.4%, accounting for 47.1% of the total nights stayed.
The average length of stay was 6 nights during May 2016, compared to 9.7 nights during May 2015.