tourism recovery in egypts red sea resort sparks optimism for strong growth

Tourism recovery in Egypt’s Red Sea resort sparks optimism for strong growth

The white sandy beaches of Egypt‘s Red Sea resort of Hurghada, bustled with tourists as the country’s tourism sector is witnessing a boom, after years of slowdown due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
In contrast to previous years, one can now easily spot crowds of tourists leisurely lounging on the beaches of Hurghada, enjoying the warm sun and the pristine waters of the Red Sea.
Tourist hotspots and streets in the coastal city were crowded with visitors from different countries. «We knew that the sector is recovering as tourists have increased over the past year, but the numbers of tourists this season were beyond our expectations,» he added.

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The middle-aged man said, the«good season» would make up for the loss of the previous three years, during which the tourism industry had suffered greatly due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, the outbreak of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, two countries that are among Egypt’s major sources of tourists.
However, it has gradually recovered to about eight million in 2021, and continued to rebound throughout 2022.
Eyad Saad, an employee of a company that arranges safari, diving and snorkeling trips in Hurghada, said that, this season’s turnout is notably high.
«The situation was not good during the past three years, but this year witnessed a significant increase in the number of both foreign and Egyptian tourists,» Saad said.
A record 1.5 million tourists visited Hurghada in the first half of this year, said Abu al-Majd Ali, vice president of the Red Sea Governorate’s Chamber of Travel and Tourism Companies, adding, reservations at the city’s hotels and resorts are on the rise.