Struggles for Egypt’s Tourism Sector

Source: Carnegie Endowment
Author(s): Mustansir Barma

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The October 31 downing of Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 over Sinai claimed all 224 lives on board, dealing another blow to Egyptian officials who have been trying to convince the world that Egypt is safe and open for both business and tourism. Most of the victims were Russian tourists returning home from their sun-and-sea holiday, a form of tourism that makes up 80 percent of the sector in Egypt. Russians make up one-third of visitors to Egypt, and the blanket ban imposed by the Russian government on all flights between Russia and Egypt in the wake of the crash has devastated the tourism sector. Given the importance of tourism in the wider Egyptian economy for jobs and foreign currency, authorities are struggling to find new approaches to boost the sustainability of the sector…

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