2022 was the year that Egypt’s travel and tourism industry began to recover in earnest from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of the year, dramatic increases were registered in inbound tourism flows as the number of arrivals more than doubled, while further growth was seen in the domestic travel industry after a decent recovery during 2021.
After the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of numerous air routes into Egypt, 2021 saw the resumption of flights from various key source countries and cities. In particular, flights to Egypt from key cities in Russia resumed after a long hiatus, while the lifting of restrictions that had been imposed on charter flights and the resumption of flights to Sharm El Sheikh originating in the UK also played a key role in supporting growth in inbound arrivals during 2021, a trend which accelerated during 2022.
Egypt’s hosting of the Cop26 climate change summit has led to a change in attitudes towards ecological tourism among key industry stakeholders. For instance, Egypt’s tourism minister has given hotels and tourist establishments in the host city of Sharm El Sheikh a six-month deadline to obtain green certification as the country prepares to host the event in November.
While Egypt travel and tourism industry has in the past gone through various waves of regulation as the government and key industry stakeholders have sought to maintain high standards in order to support the country’s reputation as a major international tourist destination, there is still room for further regulation and various areas. The mind, it is possible that the coming years will see the government take action to amend certain provisions of the current travel and tourism law, all of which could have major applications for tourism operators and travel agencies active in Egypt.
During the early stages of the forecast period, Egypt’s tourism ministry is expected to pursue its aim of targeting tourists in other African countries. The countries key travel and tourism industry stakeholders are also looking to cooperate more closely with Hungary, especially as Egypt will be the guest of honour at the forthcoming Hungarian Tourism Fair, to be held in March 2023.
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