Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017
The tourism authority of Egypt is now going to promote the tourism destinations by providing the offerings the tourists visiting the Egyptian pyramids in Giza.
In the years since the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, as arrivals dwindled from over 14 million in 2010 to just 9 million in 2015, the Egyptian tourism is now in decline.
For decades, Egypt was the main draw for international tourists visiting North Africa. But the tourism industry has suffered a critical blow following a string of political conflicts causing a major airline disaster, terrorist attacks, and church bombings.
The failed Egyptian revolution of 2011 and the military’s violent reassertion of power dampened growth in the tourism and hospitality sector.
It made the tourists packing, and turned luxury resorts into abandoned “ghost hotels.”
The political upheaval in Egypt was costing the tourism sector around $400 million in monthly revenues.
The situation was worsened in the year 2015 after the Islamic State took the responsibility for downing a Russian airliner over Sinai, killing all 224 people on board.
From that time, Russia put an indefinite ban on all air travel to Egypt, while a number of European airlines and governments placed flight restrictions over security concerns.
The terrorists also stabbed tourists in the Red Sea town of Hurghada, and gunmen opened fire on a tourist bus in Cairo.
There were the deadly attacks on churches in the busy seaport of Alexandria and the city of Tanta also put a dent on Egypt’s image as a favorite tourist destination.
The ancient sites, archaeological parks, historical palaces, museums, and Eco-tourism parks have also experienced the massive social and political trouble and the tourism decline, with several of the places were looted, deserted and rare artifacts stolen. The Aquarium Grotto Garden in Cairo, which was once home to a rare collection of African fishes, is now almost empty. Most of the water tanks were devoid of any aquatic life.