Egypt's Tourism Industry
The graphs show how important tourism is for Egypt. Overall, even though
tourism is the biggest sector in the economy, the income fluctuates sharply from
year to year.
The first graph shows the foreign exchange earned by Egypt. The biggest sector
is tourism, at 26% of the foreign exchange earnings. This is followed by
industry, at 24%, and Workers remittances, which make up 21%. Incomes from the
Suez Canal and from petroleum contribute a further quarter, and agriculture
represents only 2%.
The second graph shows the amount of money Egypt earned from tourism between
1982 and 2003. in 1982, it only earned $0.3 billion, but this shot up over the
next eleven years to $1.9 billion. it continued to rise until it reached a peak
in 2000 of $4.3 billion, but then plunged suddenly, to a low of $1.8 billion in
2003, less than half the amount of the previous year.
In conclusion, although Egypt relied for a quarter of its income in 2002 on
tourism, this amount varies sharply from year to year.