Published on : Tuesday, November 28, 2017
These days, Ashour close the shop past midnight that he manages with his brother. To welcome the influx in customers, particularly tourists, who come to his large shop for rugs, local instruments, shisha pipes and various souvenirs, Ashour has extended his opening hours. He said, “I would come here and close very early. There were “no customers, no business, anything.” However, at present, Ashour gets around twenty customers a day, or even more. That might not appear like much, but it’s a huge development in comparison to the previous years when there were days without any sales. “It was very difficult.”
Ever since the 2011, Arab Spring revolution, the tourism industry holding a major place in Egypt’s economy has been destroyed by political disorder and a series of disasters for years with suspected bombing of a Russian plane over the Sinai peninsula in 2015.
However, after many years of hardship, it appears that the luck of Egyptians like Ashour who are dependent on tourism in terms of their livelihoods is gradually turning around. Tourists have started coming back to Egypt’s loads of attractions — from the Great Pyramids of Giza, to the very old temples and tombs in Luxor, its beaches and globally renowned dive sites.
Between the months of January and September, 2017, around 5.9 million visitors visited Egypt. This accounted from the 3.8 million who came during the same time in last year, as per the figures from the Ministry of Tourism.