KYIV. Oct 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Egypt plans to accept about 600,000 Ukrainian tourists in 2017, the growth of tourist flow for the eight months of 2017 was 120%, Head of Egypt’s National Tourism Organization Hisham El Demery has said.
“During the eight months of 2017 Egypt had already accepted 430,000 Ukrainian tourists,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the 25th International Tourism Salon “Ukraine” in Kyiv.
According to the official, at present Egypt intends to actively develop new kinds of tourism for the country, in particular, excursion, medical and pilgrimage tourism.
“The Egyptian government supports different types of tourism, not only related to the sea and the beach,” he said.
According to him, progress in the treatment of hepatitis C will contribute to the development of medical tourism in Egypt. Patients will get not only treatment but also rehabilitation.
For the development of pilgrimage tours Egypt intends to propose a program within which pilgrims can stay in the country for up to 3.5 years, making trips to 25 locations.
He said he hopes Ukraine will abolish the recommendation not to visit a number of Egyptian cities the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine issued.