According to Taleb Al-Refai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation, whether in the long or short run, Egypt will return to forefront of tourism destinations. He made this comment at the time CAPMAS statistics say tourism has declined steadily every year since 2010 to reach 9.5 million tourists, as opposed to 11.5 million in 2012.
“The tourism sector is very sensitive and is very much affected by the surrounding events, specifically those that have to do with political stability and terrorism. However, its resiliency and ability to bounce back is impressive and this will be true for a country like Egypt, which will return to its former position as a country that is loved by tourists from all over the world, including those from neighbouring Arab countries,” said Refai.
He also added, “Tourism can play an important role in the life of individuals, from leisure to cultural exchange and removing barriers between people. It teaches the world about our customs and traditions and how we think. It is not farfetched to consider tourism a tool for economic development and it is not solely for leisure but also for creating jobs.”
Refai, stated that the Arab region has grown noticeably during the last 10 years, and has come a long way in the tourism sector.