A picture taken on February 10, 2017, shows a tourist sitting in a boat off the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Tourists are slowly returning to Egypt, easing pressure on a key sector battered by years of turmoil and the 2015 bombing of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers.China's top public travel agency, China International Travel Service, reported a 58 percent increase in tourists flying to Egypt compared with 2015 .In December 2016, 551,600 tourists visited Egypt compared with 440,000 the year before, according to the government's statistics agency."Activity has picked up a bit in the winter of 2016-2017," said Tamer al-Shaer, vice president of the Blue Sky travel agency.He said that included a 30 percent increase in Ukrainian tourists and a 60 percent increase in visitors from China, with daily flights to Aswan, a southern city rich in ancient sites.
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