Cairo, Nile among Travel and Leisure’s 50 best cultural places in 2023

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Nov 2022

New York-based travel website and magazine Travel + Leisure has recommended Egypt’s Cairo and the Nile River among the 50 best cultural places to visit in 2023.

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File Photo: Rush hour traffic fills the 6 October bridge over the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. AP

 

In a November article, the website recommended visiting the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Greater Cairo, which is expected to open this spring and become the world’s largest museum for a single civilisation.

Located just two kilometres from the Pyramids of Giza, the GEM complex occupies a total land area of 500,000 square metres and is home to the world’s largest archaeological collection.

The GEM will be home to around 100,000 artefacts, including the collection from the tomb of boy king Tutankhamun.

Egypt has received some 4.9 million tourists in the first half of 2022,reported the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), an 85.4 percent increase compared to the first half of 2021, despite the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war that broke out in February.

Over the past few years, Egypt has worked to promote tourism, which is a mainsource of national income, and to help the sector recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine used to be main exporters of tourists to Egypt.

To encourage tourism flows, Egypt announced earlier this month that it would give holders of the Hayya Card for FIFA World Cup in Qatar the permission to enter Egypt without a visa.

Stimulating tourism

Egypt plans to stimulate inbound tourism and increase foreign tourist arrivals from 25 to 30 percent annually, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa said in September.

In a report issued on World Tourism Day on 27 September, CAPMAS said that eight million tourists visited Egypt in 2021, a 117.5 percent increase compared to 3.7 million tourists in 2020.

Eastern Europe topped the areas exporting tourists to Egypt in 2021 at 50.6 percent, followed by the Middle East at 18.9 percent, Western Europe at 16.4 percent, and Africa at 7.1 percent.

The total number of tourists coming from Arab countries in 2021 reached two million, a 114.9 percent increase compared to 900,000 tourists in 2020.

CAPMAS also revealed that the total number of nights spent by tourists in Egypt during the first half of 2022 was 52.6 million nights, a 63.6 percent increase compared to 32.2 million nights in the first half of 2021.

 

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