Tourism in Egypt

Egypt recorded a total of 11 million tourists in 2018, ranking 37th in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Egypt, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.11 tourists per resident, Egypt ranked 141st in the world. In Northern Africa, it ranked 3rd.

Egypt generated around 12.70 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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The most popular cities in Egypt for international travelers are Kairo and Hurghada. In 2018, Kairo ranked 42nd among the world's most popular cities with 5.75 million tourists. Hurghada was in 82nd place with 2.74 million tourists.

Development of the tourism sector in Egypt from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Egypt each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 6 countries in Northern Africa.

Tourists per year in Egypt

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.95 billion USD, or about 4.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.87 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,029 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 12.70 billion USD, accounting for 5.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,135 USD for his holiday in Egypt.

Tourism receipts in Egypt per year

All data for Egypt in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19952.87 m2.95 bn $4.9 %1,029 $
19963.53 m3.58 bn $5.3 %1,016 $
19973.66 m4.05 bn $5.2 %1,107 $
19983.21 m2.94 bn $3.5 %916 $
19994.49 m4.36 bn $4.8 %971 $
20005.12 m4.66 bn $4.7 %910 $
20014.36 m4.12 bn $4.2 %945 $
20024.91 m4.13 bn $4.7 %842 $
20035.75 m4.70 bn $5.7 %819 $
20047.80 m6.33 bn $8.0 %812 $
20058.24 m7.21 bn $8.0 %874 $
20068.65 m8.13 bn $7.6 %941 $
200710.61 m10.33 bn $7.9 %973 $
200812.30 m12.10 bn $7.4 %984 $
200911.91 m11.76 bn $6.2 %987 $
201014.05 m13.63 bn $6.2 %970 $
20119.50 m9.33 bn $4.0 %983 $
201211.20 m10.82 bn $3.9 %967 $
20139.17 m6.75 bn $2.3 %735 $
20149.63 m7.98 bn $2.6 %829 $
20159.14 m6.90 bn $2.1 %755 $
20165.26 m3.31 bn $0.99 %629 $
20178.16 m8.64 bn $3.7 %1,059 $
201811.20 m12.70 bn $5.1 %1,135 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.