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Pyramids still attract tourists to Egypt

Egypt’s world-famous pyramids site, especially the three Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, attracted more than half of the number of visitors that used to frequent the site before the outbreak of the pandemic, according to Ashraf Mohieddin, Egyptologist and director general of the pyramids site, on the occasion of World Tourism Day. 

Mohieddin said, “The recovery started to exceed 50% between the end of July and the beginning of August. This September, there’s a noticeable increase due to the nicer weather and the improvement of the precautionary measures.” 

He attributed the increasing number of visitors to the efforts made by the government and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in implementing precautionary measures at all tourist sites nationwide, “which paved the way to receive the largest possible number of tourists and gave foreign countries a great deal of reassurance to allow their citizens to visit Egypt.” 

The availability of vaccines and the vaccination campaigns launched in Egypt over the past months made people feel safer to visit tourist sites in Egypt, added Mohieddin. 

“The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Sphinx, one of the world’s largest sculptures, are among the main destinations of visitors at the site, followed by nearby Saqqara, which includes the Step Pyramid, the oldest pyramid in history,” the official said. 

Mohieddin expects a larger number of tourists to visit the site in winter, which he considers “the main season” for tourists. 

“The anticipated prevailing vaccines in the coming period and the vaccination campaigns launched in many countries will encourage larger numbers to come,” he added. 

The tourism sector in Egypt used to contribute to about 12% of the country’s gross domestic product right before the pandemic and it is one of the main sources of foreign currency for the most populous Arab country.

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