Egyptian tourism continues to decline
By Alex Cull - Marketing Manager
On this day 94 years ago Archaeologist Howard Carter found the inner burial chamber of Tutankhamun’s tomb and discovered his sarcophagus in the Valley of the Kings. The iconic death mask of the pharaoh draws thousands of visitors every year to Cairo and Egypt to immerse themselves in the country’s rich history.
Egypt however has seen tourism slowly fall over the last 5 years with numbers struggling greatly since October 2015. 2016 saw Egypt’s tourism numbers fall to 5.3 million (Dec 15 – Nov 16), compared to the 9.7m the previous year (Dec 14 – Nov 15). This is a huge 45% drop in tourism which can be labelled down the political unrest and increase in the presence of terrorism in the country. This is also shown in the expenditure of the visitors to the country which has fallen by 49% from 7.4Bn USD in 2015 to 3.8Bn USD in 2016.
There seems to be no end in sight to the decline in Egyptian tourism which plays a large part in the country’s economy. Many countries have discouraged travel to Egypt unless necessary, and the imminent threat of terrorist attacks is still as prevalent as ever.
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