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Are Tourist starting to trickle in?

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Are Tourist starting to trickle in?

There hasn't been much in the press about what's going on in Egypt so I was just wondering if the tourist and the tourist based economy is starting to pick-up. Are there more and more people showing up at the typical sites? Elections are supposed to be held in about two weeks so I suppose people are taking a wait and see attitude.

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11. Re: Are Tourist starting to trickle in?

During my visit May 1st-8th, very few tourists at the main sites. there was 1 large tour group at the Egyptian Museum but still could walk around it very easily and many rooms completely empty of visitors. Felt very safe and no concerns. Many shops with staff outside trying to bring what few tourists around inside. With a country heavily dependent on tourists it was very clear to see the effects of the downturn.

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12. Re: Are Tourist starting to trickle in?

Here's the latest assessment, by the Ministry of Tourism, via Al Ahram Online:


Sadly, it appears tourist numbers are down 32% and revenues by 40% on this time last year. Another trend they report is that those who are visiting Egypt are taking shorter breaks, when they do (I'll admit to only having had a weekend break, in Cairo, last year, but that was due to circumstances at work clashing with a bad case of withdrawal symptoms, rather than anything else.).

Finally, it does appear that the biggest drops are in visitors from North America, with the Europeans, Eastern & western, and Arab countries producing the most visitors.

Sad to hear, really.

(BTW. there's a nice photo of Luxor Temple by night in the article header, for those missing that part of the Nile Valley.)

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