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Egypt: Political Unrest Keeping Tourists Away

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | December 26th, 2012 | Trackback

As voting day approached last week for a new constitution, protestors clashed with security forces in the port city of Alexandria, throwing rocks and setting two buses alight. Waves of protests have been sweeping the nation since November, when President Morsi made several unpopular decrees, and despite attempts to lure tourists back after the revolution, ongoing unrest seems to be keeping them away. Since 2010, the number of visitors to Egypt has dropped 37 percent and tourism revenue has declined 30 percent. The U.S. State Dept. has not issued a current travel warning for Egypt, though it does advise visitors to avoid all demonstrations and protests, as such gatherings could turn violent at any time.

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