Contrary to what everyone thinks, this is not cultural tourism which is the
most profitable for Egypt, the opposite is scuba diving, which is the goose
that laid the golden egg. According to the latest statistics from the
Ministry of Tourism, the income from diving tourism as well as water sports
has exceeded $ 3.5 billion out of a total of $ 9 billion, which means one
third of tourist income. "It's not too much, if one takes into account that
60% of tourists who visit Egypt come specifically for enjoying the Red Sea.
And more than 80% are diving with all activities that are related, as the
snorkling, sea safari and skiing, "says Hilal Karim, president of the
Chamber of diving, which was newly created under the aegis of the Union of
Chambers of Tourism. According to figures from the ministry, more than three
million tourists come to the Red Sea, known as "the paradise for divers."
This number is expected to double, especially after the choice of Sharm
Al-Sheikh as the best diving destination in the world by the United Nations
World Travel Awards, considered the Oscar of the tourism industry