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Egypt Turns to Latin America, Asia as War Curbs Russian Tourism

  • Home to the pyramids seeks to make up for drop from key market
  • New direct flights to major Red Sea resort may spur visits
Pigeons fly past the remaining Luxor Obelisk and the Ramses II colossi outside the Luxor Temple pylons in Egypt's southern city of Luxor.

Pigeons fly past the remaining Luxor Obelisk and the Ramses II colossi outside the Luxor Temple pylons in Egypt's southern city of Luxor.

Photographer: Amir Makar/AFP/Getty Images

Egypt is looking to attract more visitors from Latin America and Asia while enabling new international flights to a main resort as it tries to limit the blow to its key tourism industry from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

With the conflict jeopardizing the flow of Russian and Ukrainian arrivals that made up 30%-40% of Egypt’s total, authorities are also seeking to speed the return of European nations who mostly stayed away during the pandemic, Deputy Tourism Minister Ghada Shalaby said in an interview.