MP Tamer Abdel kader said that "despite the halt of Russian tourism to Egypt over the past years، about 50.000 Russian tourists visited Egypt during the last period.
In an interview with “Sabah Dream” talk show aired on the privately owned ‘Dream’ TV satellite channel، he said that a big number of Russian tourists are residing in Hurghada In spite of the decision imposed by Russia to suspend flights to Egypt.
Abdel-Kader expected that 12.5 million Russian tourists would visit Egypt in 2018، stressing the importance of providing all security procedures to tourists.
The return of Russian flights and tours could be a massive boost to tourist numbers that reached 5.3 million tourists in 2016، compared to 14.7 million visitors in 2010. However، it should be noted that the industry is already recovering gradually.
Following the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai in October 2015 — which killed all 224 people on board and was claimed as a terrorist attack by an IS-affiliated group — Russia suspended flights to the country.