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Wednesday
Aug282013

Egypt's Tourist Trade Tumbles 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- As one might expect, the summer of 2013 has not been a boon for the Egyptian tourism industry.

Approximately 12 percent of Egyptians count on the industry to make a living.  However, after the turmoil resulting from the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi that began in late June, Westerners and other foreign visitors have shunned the country described as among the most beautiful on Earth.

Many tourists already in Egypt when the military deposed Morsi left due to the threat of violence and a government-imposed curfew.

Hotels are normally at 70-to-80 percent capacity during the summer, but it's been closer to 50 percent, with many of the guests Egyptians who celebrated the Eid holidays in August.

One tour guide remarked, "This summer is by far the worst I have seen."

Tourism began taking a turn for the worse 30 months ago when President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign in the wake of a popular revolution.

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