Travel news outlet Travel Awaits has named Egypt among the world’s 17 most popular tour destination for 2023, placing the country ahead of Thailand, Jordan, Mexico, Iceland, and Switzerland.
Travel Awaits’ ranking, released on July 17, was based on booking data of leading global travel agencies, including Canada’s G Adventures, Australia’s Intrepid Travel, Switzerland’s EF Go Tours, and the U.S. Tauck and Trafalgar.
As countries worldwide have eased their travel regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, bookings have surged in the past months, reflecting growing interest in resuming international travel.
For instance, Intrepid Travel has named Egypt among this year’s top destinations along with Morocco, Italy, and Turkey.
Berna says Intrepid Travel’s “top three destinations are Northern Africa, Morocco and Egypt; Southern Europe, Italy; and Western Asia, Turkey.”
“Egypt is a once-in-a-lifetime destination for foodies, architecture aficionados, culture lovers, photographers, and adventure travellers.” Travel Awaits wrote.
“Egypt is another popular destination in North Africa for G Adventures. Seven tours are available. Dig into the geography, culture, and archaeology of an ancient Egyptian civilization on the Highlights of Egypt tour. Gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Nile, the Sphinx, and more.”
The 2023 bookings further point to the popularity of Egypt among foreign tourists. Ranked 9th in the most popular tourist destinations for next year, Egypt outperformed Iceland, which was placed 13th in the list, ahead of Thailand, Jordan, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Great Britain has topped Travel Awaits’ tour destination list followed by its neighbouring country, Ireland. Southern Europe and Latin American countries also enjoyed wide popularity among tourists, Travel Awaits said, with Italy and Greece occupying the third and fourth positions. Peru, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos followed in Travel Awaits’ ranking.