donderdag 10 januari 2013

Political crisis pains Egyptian tourism

THE lush green sugar cane fields that line the Nile River governorate of Luxor cannot disguise the level of poverty in which many locals are forced to live. 
Poor agricultural prices, combined with a downturn in the lucrative tourism market, has meant many families - urban and rural - are barely making ends meet.
For those who rely on the steady stream of international tourists to Luxor - dubbed by some the world's greatest open-air museum - the ongoing political instability in Egypt has been the death of their livelihood. Last year the number of visitors to Egypt dropped to 10.2 million, down 32 per cent from 2010, while tourism revenue fell from $US12.5 billion in 2010 to $US9 billion ($A8.6 billion).
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