Egypt Tourism organised their annual roadshow today at St. Regis, Mumbai with travel agents and select media in attendance. Ismail A. Hamid Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, Regional Director addressed the media and travel agents present at the roadshow and presented various tourist attractions and activities in Egypt.

Egypt Tourism is largely promoting their new product – Christian Pilgrimage i.e. Journey of the Holy Family. For this purpose, Egypt Tourism has organised a roadshow in Cochin, Kerala, targeting many Christians from in and around the city.

In 2017, Egypt received 103,000 Indian tourists, which is a 30% increase compared to 2016. Out of this 30%, Christian pilgrimage and leisure are the major contributors. Egypt expects about 130,000 to 140,000 Indian tourists in 2018.

Talking about the average spend by a tourist, Amer said, “Indians rank number two when it comes to expenditure. An average spend by an Indian is USD 102 per night. Indian market is exotic for Egypt and is second only to Japan.”

Indian tourists have also increased their length of stay in Egypt, from 5.5 nights in 2016 to 7 nights in 2017, with an increase of 1.5 nights.

As far as film tourism is concerned, Amer confirmed that Egypt considers giving incentives to movies that portray the country in a positive light.