The pandemic has caused a total stoppage in the travel and tourism industry of the whole world. Due to the outspread of the COVID-19 virus, most industries have been hardly struck but the tourism sector had an even significant impact. Traveling was banned, but the shortage of revenue that used to be generated affected the GDP.
Recently a report from Cairo claimed that Egypt had retrieved 40 percent of the tourists who visited Egypt before COVID-19. Slowly the tourism and travel sector is reviving. And it is estimated that it might bloom in the upcoming year in its full swing. The rate is quite good for the country as the global recovery rate is 25 percent. The tourism sector of Egypt is expecting further growth in the recovering rate as more countries lift lockdown and travel bans.
The Chairman of the Tourism Promotion and Authority, Ahmed Youssef, stated that Egypt had started the tourism sector in April last year by implementing COVID-19 precautionary guidelines in various places like hotels, museums, markets, airports, archaeological sites, etc. Gradually people started visiting the country as travel bans were removed in their countries. He also mentioned that the TPA is planning to expand the hotel’s capacity from 50% to 70% positively so that the rate could become even higher.
One of the factors responsible for Egypt to put emphasis on the tourism sector is the generation of revenue. Due to many tourist places and archaeological sites, Egypt has always been quite an attraction for tourists. Moreover, tourism is one of the critical sources of income in Egypt. It also contributes to about 12 percent of the national economy. Thus the expansion and recovering of the tourism sector are essential for the country.
Due to some casualties in 2015, Egypt tourism was deeply affected but managed to revive in upcoming years. But this pandemic hit the sector so hard that it faced many difficulties in standing back to its position. But TPA is trying Its level best to make the industry fully running again.
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