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.

  • EDI2000 - 2011-05-22 20:32

    But really now who would want to go visit an Arab country on the brink of civil war regardless of the many wonders they might have or how pretty the desert is..... Lets all go and get a 6 day 7 night holiday package in a war zone YEAH!!!!

  • charles - 2011-05-23 07:36

    EGYPT ? Get a DVD about Egypt and watch it in the comfort of your own home...... Our visit there was a disgrace with filthy cities/towns, filthier public transport and unfriendly people begging for everything. NO THANKS !

  • Psalm - 2011-05-23 09:30

    Here is a Muslim country where churches are constantly being attacked and burnt to the ground, the reopening of churches is opposed by violent protests, Copts are being attacked and killed constantly, there's constant outbreaks of gun violence against non-Muslims, about 8400 prisoners have recently escaped prison, policing is almost non-existent as many cops are in jail for supporting Mubarak, military rule is in place but is coupled with religious violence against minorities, sexual harassment of women in the street(esp non-Muslims) is the norm, rising cases of kidnapping of non-Muslim women (Copts) by Muslim groups... Yeah, it sounds like an ideal tourist destination for a family. Why wouldn't any non-Muslim wish to visit Eqypt?

      npretorius2 - 2012-02-03 14:38

      I can assure you it is safer being a Christian in Egypt than being a farmer in south Africa. Please don't judge people based on religion. Most Muslims are great people, just as most Christians are. Extremism is bad regardless of religion.

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