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16 September 2011 11:57
Tourist arrivals in Egypt fell by 35.4% in the second quarter
Egypt's economy suffered a major blow as the vital tourism industry witnessed a fall in number of visitors to the country up to the end of June.
The number of tourists visiting Egypt during the second quarter of this year was down to 2.2 million compared to the 3.5 million during the same period in 2010.
According to the official MENA news agency, tourism in the country has been negatively affected by the recent political upheaval causing the arrival of tourists to fall by 35.4% in the second quarter.
The country, which is famous for its heritage sites and pristine beach resorts, has been struggling to revive tourism, as the industry is a key money earner and source of foreign currency for Egypt.
MENA said: "The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics attributed the decline to the current developments in Egypt after the January 25 revolution."
The revolution, which ousted president Hosni Mubarak, has caused Egypt to lose £13.5 billion (2.27 billion dollars) in tourism revenues in the three months since the uprising.
Tourists planning to go on a holiday to Egypt may find it useful to have an adequate
travel insurance to be covered for any eventualities.
Around 15 million tourists visited the county last year.
27 September 2016
Monarch Airlines says its flights are operating as normal amid fears the firm is in financial trouble.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.
09 September 2016
People travelling to regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak should practise safe sex for at least half a year upon their return, health leaders say.