Tourism to Egypt gets worse

2011-05-22 19:41

Cairo - The number of tourists visiting Egypt slumped 46% in the first quarter when mass protests ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the government's statistics agency said on Sunday.

The unrest that began on January 25 prompted embassies to issue travel warnings and many tour groups cancelled trips, throwing an industry that is a major source of foreign currency into crisis.

Foreign reserves fell to $28bn in April, the lowest in four years.

The central agency for public mobilisation and statistics said: ""The tourism industry is still affected by the recent events in Egypt causing a great decline in the number of tourists ... which reached 1.9 million tourists."

Egypt's economy contracted an estimated 7% in the January-March quarter.

The International Monetary Fund has projected growth of 1% this year, down from 5.1% in 2010.

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