Egypt aims to attract 12 million tourists by the end of 2017 with a six-point plan, Rashed said.
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Egypt is confident of luring back millions of foreign visitors and putting a smile on their faces, according to its new tourism minister, despite heavy first quarter losses and setbacks including a bomb that brought down a Russian passenger plane. Yehia Rashed said the ancient land of the pyramids and Red Sea resorts was determined to secure a strong recovery even though the number of foreign tourists fell by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same period last year. The most populous Arab nation aims to attract 12 million tourists by the end of 2017 with a six-point plan, he said. More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011 .
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