Egypt visit for Pitt and Jolie
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Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made a visit to the ancient temples in Egypt as part of preparations for Jolie’s upcoming role as Cleopatra.
Their trip comes as tourism officials in the country revealed a huge increase in visitors in April.
After arriving in Aswan, the couple, referred to by fans as Brangelina, visited the Philae Temple located on an island in the River Nile.
They also had a look around the Nubian Museum on the first day of their visit.
On their second day, the pair saw Kom Ombo and the Edfu Temple, before taking a trip to perhaps the most famous site in Egypt, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. They made a stop off at King Tutankhamun’s Tomb, as well as Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and the Abu Simbel Temple.
Following their visit to the country, Jolie revealed she would choose Egypt as one of her top getaway destinations. She said: “I’m converted completely on Egypt, this would be my hideaway place.”
The Hollywood couple’s visit comes as the Central Agency for Public Mobility and Statistics revealed a 30% increase in tourism numbers in April compared with the same month in 2011. According to the figures, 1.05 million people visited Egypt in April.
Airports such as Luton and Stansted are likely to have been busy with tourists heading to Egypt as the data shows the majority of visitors were from Western Europe.