Tourists returning to Egypt

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Tourists take pictures next to the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt’s most famous tourist attraction. Photo – Khalil Hamra/AP

Egypt’s inbound tourism is coming back to normal despite the 5 August attack on Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip and the recent clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. About one million tourists were reported to have visited Egypt in 2011. It is slightly less than the number visited during the year 2010.

The uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s government last year resulted in political stability and prevented tourists from visiting Egypt. Tourism contributed to one tenth of Egypt’s GDP before the uprising. Many observers say the revolt dealt a severe economic blow to the country and led to widespread poverty and high-levels of corruption.

However, the situation is getting better and the total number of incoming tourists to Egypt in the first eight months of 2012 is estimated at around 7.1 million. Most of the tourists were from Europe and Middle East.

The revolt witnessed the ascent to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Mohamed Mursi won the presidential election conducted in June. The Egyptian president recently visited northern city of Luxor and promised to ensure domestic security in an effort to prevent any decline in tourism.

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