Egypt’s tourism officials insist that the country’s tourist attractions are safe once again, despite there being a number of terrorist attacks on Coptic Christian churches in recent months.
The country’s tourism minister Mohamed Yehia Rashed now says that both hotels and ancient sites are safe enough to visit. But, despite claiming safety in the area, the tourism numbers have dropped dramatically.
In 2015, there were 15 million tourists visiting Egypt, but by 2016 that number had dropped to 5.3 million. Officials are hoping to bring those numbers back up to ten million for 2017, as well as expand their market.
Currently, Germany provides the most tourists to Egypt, with Arab countries bringing in 36 percent. They’re hoping now to bring in more visitors from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia as they attempt to bring their tourism numbers back up.