Egypt sees 20% increase this year despite outbreaks of violence

Posted on October 19, 2012 • Filed under: Africa, Travel News

CAIRO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Egypt projects a rise of about 20
percent in tourist numbers this year, the tourism minister said
on Wednesday, despite outbreaks of violence after last year’s
Arab Spring. The uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak last February and
political instability since then have stopped millions of
potential visitors to Egypt’s beach resorts and ancient sites.
Tourism accounted for more than a tenth of Egypt’s gross
domestic product before the 18-day revolt that was driven by
widespread anger at poverty and high-levels of corruption. The
country’s large cities are still prey to unrest. Read article

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