Prior to 9/11, Yemeni tourism saw . . . 10 years of growth [Archives:2002/41/Business & Economy]

October 7 2002


While in the last year it has suffered losses from the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., tourism in Yemen has been on a steady rise over the last decade, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Between 1991 and 2001, the number of tourists in Yemen, annually, rose from 43,656 to 75,579, a rise of 73%.
Tourist resources resulting from tourist activity during the same period increased from US $21 million in 1991 to US $67 million in 2001.
Hotels, tourist & travel agencies, restaurants and parks and clubs have also witnessed steady growth during the past years. Tourist facilities have increased from 768 in 1991 to 2,329 in 2001, an increase by 203%, according to the ministry.
The number of hotel beds has increased from 8,523 in 1991 to 32,342 in 2001. Manpower volume in tourist facilities has risen to 17,950 employees.
It was World Tourism Day on September 23.
Since 9/11, Yemen, however, has lost an estimated $1 billion in tourism and other loosed.