Tourism is the practice of travelling for purpose of either pleasure or curiosity. Tourism involves movement from one area to another within or outside the country.
the top tourist attractions in Egypt include; the pyramids of Giza, Luxor temples and tombs, cruising the Nile, Abu Simbel, and exploring the Islamic Cairo
the following are the importance of tourism in Egypt
- Egypt has earned foreign exchange in form of invisible export from thousands of tourists who visit the country from Europe, Asia and from other continents due to her tourist potential. Such income has been used to rehabilitate roads, set up health units, etc.
- The industry has provided employment opportunities to many Egyptians such as those working in Hotel like Serena, and tour and travel agencies. This has earned income to workers and thus improved standards of living.
- Tourism facilitates the development of important infrastructure such as airfields. These have led to the development of egypt.
- It has promoted and reflected the cultural heritage of Egypt i.e. historical sites, museums like Egyptian museums, and cultural sites, all protect egypt’s image abroad.
- Tourism has led to the development of the craft industry and agricultural sector by providing market to the products of such sectors. This means the provision of more jobs and income from the craft industry thus improving the living standards of Egypt citizens.
- Tourism has led to the diversification of egypt’s economy from over-dependence on the agricultural sector. This has resulted into increased foreign exchange used to set up schools and health centers thus egypt’s development.
- It has improved on the international relationship between Egypt and the countries like Norway, Germany, and Britain, where tourists come from. This has helped Egypt to become politically stable.
- Training of skilled manpower like hotel attendants, game guides, etc.
- Government revenue through taxing tourist transport companies, tourists hotels, etc.
- Growth of urban centers like aswan town
- Promoted environmental conservation through gazetting of national parks Siwa oasis.
- It has promoted education and research in botany and zoology.