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International tourist arrivals in Egypt had exceeded their 2014 totals in each of the first seven months of 2015, doing so by an average of 56,000 tourists, or about 7.3 percent. Additionally, tourist nights (meaning the total number of nights spent in Egypt by tourists) from March through July of 2015 beat their 2014 numbers by 0.72 nights, or about 7.7 percent.These numbers had put Egypt on track to break the 10 million tourist arrivals mark for the first time since 2012, when Egypt pulled in 11.5 million international tourists. According to research from the World Travel and Tourism Council, the direct, indirect, and induced effects of tourism in Egypt in 2014 accounted for almost 3 million jobs, or 11.6 percent of total employment, and resulted in $32.5 billion of economic activity, or 12.8 percent of GDP.Given that unemployment in the second quarter of 2015 was 12.7 percent, dropping from the previous year's 13.3 percent as a result of employment in the tourism and construction centers, and economic growth has been inconsistent at best, Egypt's future economic prospects are certain to be dismal without a robust tourism sector.
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