Over 15 million tourists to visit Egypt in 2020: WTO Economic Advisor

An economic adviser at the World Tourism Organization and member of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Saeed al-Batouti announced that the number of tourists expected to visit Egypt in 2020 will exceed 15 million, thanks to Egypt’s current stability.

In an interview with the MENA News Agency, Batouti said that Egypt’s tourism sector has significantly recuperated with 13 million tourists having visited Egypt in 2019 due to efforts by the political leadership to support the tourism industry.

Also a board member of the German Travel Association (DRV), Batouti added that the Italian and Spanish markets are particular targets for Egypt, with 422,000 Italian tourists having visited Egypt in 2018 while 66,000 from Spain did.

He further suggested opening new types of tourism markets for Egypt, such as towards the religious.

Batouti said there is global excitement for the launch of the Grand Egyptian Museum, with particular interest from the German market.

The number of German visitors jumped from 707,000 in 2018 up to 2.5 million in 2019.

Batouti stressed that campaigns designed to promote Egyptian tourism are not enough to attract tourists, and that creativity is the key for coming up with ways to attract people alongside collaboration with travel companies.

He signified also the importance of hosting youth conferences in Egypt, as they have played a noticeable role in boosting the nation’s tourism sector over the past few years.

Praising the recent step of merging the ministries of Antiquities and Tourism together, Batouti said that this would help augment tourist flow into Egypt – especially with the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Lexie Alford, who broke the Guinness World Record as the youngest traveler to visit all of the world’s 196 countries at the age of 21, chose Egypt on the top of Forbes’ “Where to Go Next” 2020 list, referring to the highly-anticipated opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

Constructed on approximately 500,000 square meters, the mega museum is located near the Giza Pyramids and is expected to be one of the largest museums in the world showcasing artifacts from a single civilization.

The museum will break new ground and aims to impress with King Tutankhamun displays, exhibiting artifacts that have never been shown since they were unearthed in 1922. After several years of work on restoration and transportation, the GEM is expected to house around 100,000 artifacts from various periods of Egypt’s rich history.

Citing Intrepid Travel, AFAR magazine highlighted how Egypt’s tourism sector recovered from the major drop in international tourists following the 2011 revolution and several years of unrest.

Egypt witnessed a 177 percent increase in the number of North American visitors in 2018, according to Intrepid.

A recent report by the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) revealed that the number of visitors to Egypt annually is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next few years from 1.49 million in 2018 to 2.23 million in 2022.

The report predicts that travelers coming from Europe to Egypt will represent a major boost to the tourism sector, anticipating 9.1 million tourists in Egypt in 2022 compared to just 6.2 million in 2018.



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