30% increase in tourists visiting Egypt during first quarter of 2018: Minister

The number of tourists visiting Egypt during the first quarter of 2018 has increased by 30 percent. (Reuters)
Updated 25 April 2018
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30% increase in tourists visiting Egypt during first quarter of 2018: Minister

  • Tourism represents 15 percent of the country's total income
  • Tourist minister vows to engage social media 'more effectively'

CAIRO: The number of tourists visiting Egypt during the first quarter of 2018 has increased by 30 percent compared to the previous year.
Tourism minister Rania Al-Mashat said during a press conference that the tourism sector represented 15 percent of the total sources of income for the national economy.
The minister attributed the increase to the latest campaign to promote tourism in Egypt. She noted that more campaigns will be used to attract visitors in the coming months.
Al-Mashat admitted that Egypt is not using social media efficiently to promote tourism saying: “We have shortcomings in dealing with social media platforms, and our priority is to begin dealing with the issue.”


Houthi militants killed in clashes with Yemeni army

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Houthi militants killed in clashes with Yemeni army

DUBAI: The Yemeni Army killed 16 members of the Iran-backed Houthi militia in clashes in Al-Baydah province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekbariyah reported.
The military source added that Yemeni forces have made progress in the Sahel area, where they neutralized several Houthi weapons and vehicles as the militia retreated toward Hodeidah.