Egypt eyes 50% rise in Indian tourist inflow at 1.2 lac in 2017
Egypt is being promoted as a premium and exotic destination in India and is expected to reach the potential of 3-4 lakh tourists by 2019.business Updated: May 17, 2017 19:10 IST
Egypt, famous for its pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is expecting more than a 50% growth in tourist arrivals from India this year at over 1.2 lakh visitors.
During 2016, Egypt had received 80,000 travellers from India, according to data from the Egyptian Tourism Authority.
“We see a huge potential of 3-4 lakh tourists from India and are working towards achieving this goal. Looking at the current growth rate in the first quarter, we expect over 50% growth in 2017, which will be over 1.2 lakh travellers from India,” Egyptian Tourism Counselor - Regional Director India and Far East, Ismail A Hamid Amer told PTI here.
Egypt is being promoted as a premium and exotic destination in India and is expected to reach the potential of 3-4 lakh tourists by 2019, even though tourist numbers from India are currently not big. However, looking at the growth trends, it is likely to be among the top 10 source markets for Egypt in 2-3 years, he added
The top source markets for Egypt currently are Europe, which constitutes 70% of its tourism traffic, followed by the Arab nations constituting 26 per cent, he said.
“We are promoting Egypt to all age groups with different packages to suit everyone. We have special products like the Nile cruise, history and culture for the elderly travellers and many adventure activities for the youth. We also have products that will suit families,” Amer said.
Egypt is focusing on family, meetings, incentives, conferences, events (MICE), bollywood, honeymooners and pilgrimage (for Christians and Muslims) among others, he said.
Indians, Amer said, are big spenders and add value to the tourism industry of Egypt.
Currently, Egypt is targeting travellers from the big cities of India and but will slowly penetrate to Tier II and III cities, Amer said.
“We have conducted road shows in cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Little by little we will reach out to the Tier II and III cities as well,” he said.
Talking about direct connectivity, he said, at present there are four weekly flights from Mumbai and by the end of this year, there might be more connecting 1 or 2 Indian cities to Egypt.
“We have one direct flight which flies four times weekly from Mumbai. We also have several connecting flights from India as well. We are hoping for more direct flights from India connecting with 1 or 2 cities by December this year,” Amer added.