'1,400 tourists' visit Egypt’s pharaonic ruins in Aswan on new year
The gathering was the largest in Aswan since the January 2011 uprising, an official said
Around 1,400 tourists visited Egypt’s landmark temples of Abu Simbel and Nefertari in Aswan, in the far south of the country, on new year.
The tourists came from Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, France and China, said Hossam Aboud, head of Abu Simbel Antiquities Department, as quoted by local news reports.
The gathering on Thursday was the largest in Aswan since the January 2011 uprising, Aboud said.
Aswan is the site of majestic pharaonic ruins and considered one of the most famous stops on Egypt's Nile cruises.
Its high tourism season usually kicks off as the weather gets cooler.
But like other Egyptian cities, its tourism rates had been hit by violence and instability since the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.