Updated: Aug 22, 2021
Egypt is one of the most prominent tourist countries in the world with the number of tourists coming into the world. Luxor, Aswan, Cairo, Alexandria, North Coast, Red Sea, and South Sinai are among the most attractive areas for tourists in general. The history of tourism in Egypt dates back to the ancient Egyptians and has continued as a desirable tourist destination over the past centuries and through contemporary history. UNESCO has selected six Egyptian cultural heritage sites ranging from ancient Egyptian, Coptic and Islamic in addition to a natural heritage site, as a World Heritage Site. During the Middle Ages, Egypt witnessed the best periods of tourism as a result of nomadic activity and the expansion of the Arab touristic circle following the emergence and spread of Islam and the spread of the Islamic State between the Indian subcontinent, North Africa and Southern Europe.
Others and its palaces, gardens, and libraries were shrines that attracted large numbers of tourists. The capacity of hotels in Egypt increased rapidly during the first decade of the 21st century. The total number of hotels in 2008 reached 1490 hotels compared to 914 hotels in 1999 and 1207 in 2004. The number of hotel rooms increased to 211 thousand in 2008 against 94 thousand rooms.
In 1999 and 148 thousand in 2004. The supply side of the tourism sector witnessed a remarkable growth in the number of travel agencies during the period from 2004 to 2008. Egypt has distinctive natural features that made it a destination for tourists throughout the ages, famous for its cities, mineral waters, sulfur and dry atmosphere free of moisture and sand suitable for the treatment of many diseases, and multiplied by beaches of virgin nature away from pollutants, and spread throughout the monuments to which fans come from all countries the world. It has all the ingredients that put it on the world tourism map. Leisure tourism in Egypt attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world, because of its distinctive beaches of more than 3000 km along the coasts of the White and Red Sea, in which tourists spend their vacation in what is known as beach tourism. Among the recreational tourist cities in the first place are Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba, Taba, South Sinai, Hurghada, Safaga, Marsa Alam in the Red Sea Governorate and Ain Sokhna in Suez Governorate. These areas are famous for clear water, colored coral reefs and rare fish, and the spread of marine sports such as diving and snorkeling.