Arab tourist flow into Egypt has bounced back with bang in the first quarter with a 63 per cent surge in traffic after a slowdown in 2011 in the wake of Arab Spring.

The number of Arab tourist jumped to 483,834 in 2012 first quarter compared to 296,980 tourists during the same period in 2011, Mounir Fakhry Abd ElNour, Minister of Tourism of Egypt, said in Dubai On Sunday.

ElNour, in Dubai to take part in Arab Travel Market, which is opening today, said the number of Emirati tourists also increased to 4,883 from 4,232 in the first quarter, up 15.4 per cent. The number of nights Emirati tourists spent at Egypt is approximately 61,000 nights compared to 57,000 nights of the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 6.4 per cent, he said.

“Egyptian tourism industry is witnessing a big revival and we target to attract 14.5 million tourist this year, which was the highest tourist traffic the country has recorded in 2010,” the minister said.