CAIRO, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of tourists coming to Egypt in December 2012 increased by 14.5 percent year on year, Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics ( CAPMAS) said in an official statement on Wednesday.
Almost one million tourists visited Egypt last December, compared to 900,000 in the same month in 2011, the data showed. But the number was 1.3 million back in December 2010.
The tourist sector, an important source of foreign currency for Egypt, has in the past two years witnessed sharp decline due to the instability and tense political scenario after the turmoil broke out in early 2011.
According to the CAPMAS, the largest proportion of tourists that Egypt hosts hail from Western Europe, followed by the Eastern Europe and the Middle East.