It’s easy to forget how much commercial clout tourism has in the 20th and 21st century. With that goes social and political clout. The level and type of tourism changes or upholds societies (for better and worse), its withdrawal can cause a crisis.
- 11 Feb 2014: Patrick Kingsley reporting on what we knew must be the case: tourism in Egypt has taken a nosedive due to political unrest. the nature of the regime which eventually stabilizes in Egypt seems likely to have an effect on the countries long-term prospects. The figures are fascinating.
- 12.5% of employment in Egypt is tourism related.
- 11.3% of the GDP is tourism related
- The industry made 3.6bn GBP in 2013 versus 7.7bn in 2010
Despite the political situation, Egypt remained the most popular country for travel in Africa in 2012 and the 2nd most popular if considered as part of the Middle East.