File - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, a couple enjoys a jacuzzi in a swimming pool in Sharm el-Sheikh, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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Chinese and Russian visitors boosted Middle Eastern tourism last year following a 2016 slump as Europeans gave the area a wide berth on security fears, according to the World Tourism Organization.Security concerns aside, Lee said rising purchasing power means the Chinese tourist takes a different approach compared to 20 years ago when, "for example ... coming to Europe they wanted to see 10 countries in 10 days.In the case of Egypt, tourist numbers soared 55 percent last year, even as European numbers dipped, with Chinese and visitors from Egypt's neighbors taking their place.Demeiry added that Chinese and Indian visitors rose from 5 percent to 12 percent while tourists from Egypt's neighbors doubled their share from 15 percent to 30 percent.
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