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In January and February, Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) registered a six percent year-on-year boost in inbound travellers from Saudi Arabia, with the figure reaching 59,000.

According to Ahmed Ali Ismail, tourism counsellor, Embassy of Egypt, UAE, this is due to several incentives put forward to grow numbers from the GCC market, including new visa regulations allowing all nationalities with a minimum six-month residency in GCC countries to obtain a visa on arrival in Egypt.

"We hope to continue to strengthen and build on the visitor numbers from Middle Eastern countries and are working closely with travel operators and other stakeholders to explore all means of nurturing this growth," he continued.