Official figures show show that 1.05 million people visited Egypt in April

The number of tourists visiting Egypt increased by just over 30 per cent in April, official government figures have shown.

The Central Agency for Public Mobility and Statistics has published its latest monthly tourism report which shows that 1.05 million people visited Egypt in April, an increase of 800,000 compared to the same period in 2011.

Western Europeans accounted for the largest proportion of tourists visiting the country in April, closely followed by those from the east of the continent.

Meanwhile, the number of Arab tourists to the country rose from 147,000 to 175,000 over the 12-month period, an increase of 19.6 per cent.

Overall, travellers spent 12.1 million nights in Egypt throughout April, compared to just 6.7 million nights in the same month of 2011.

The government agency attributed the rise in tourism to the increased stability in the country this year following the wave of protests against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in April 2011.

Written by Erin Marshall

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