Egypt: COVID-19 and antiquities officials, reluctance and confusion

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Hussein Duqeil

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As Egyptian tourism was beginning to recover from its depression over years, the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to full deterioration of tourism activity in the country.

Although this crisis has negatively affected global tourism in general, its impact on Egypt has been more severe, especially that Egypt relies heavily on tourism revenues, estimated at 15% of the nation’s annual income. Last year, tourism revenues achieved were estimated at $12.6 billion, as well as more than 3 million workers who have been directly or indirectly related to tourism.

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