Egypt expects togas 2017 to take about 600 thousand Ukrainian tourists, number of tourists in the first eight months amounted to 120%, said the head of the National tourist organization of Egypt Hisham El Demery (Hisham El Demery).

“For eight months of 2017 Egypt has taken 430 thousand Ukrainian tourists,” – he told reporters on the sidelines of the 25th International tourist fair “Ukraine” in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to H. El Demery, currently Egypt intends to actively develop new types of tourism and, in particular, sightseeing, medical and pilgrimage tourism.

“The Egyptian government supports different types of tourism, not only related to the sea and the beach,” he said.

According to him, the development of medical tourism in Egypt will contribute to advances in the treatment of hepatitis “C”. Patients will receive not only treatment but also rehabilitation .

For the development of the pilgrimage tours of Egypt intends to offer the program, in which pilgrims can stay in the country for up to 3.5 years traveling in 25 locations.

The head of the National tourist organization of Egypt also hopes that Ukraine will cancel the recommendation not to visit a number of Egyptian cities which made the foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

H. El Demery noted that in the summer season of 2017 to Egypt from Ukraine were carried out about 50 to 60 Charter flights per week, while Egypt predicts that in the 2017-2018 winter season of the year their number will increase by 20-30%.

He also noted that the Egyptian government intends to continue the practice of subsidies to tour operators for tourist Charter flights in the country, the subsidy is up to $4 million per flight.