Egypt is a land filled with many historical monuments and ruins, which are known for attracting tourists from all over the world. Tourism, in fact, is a major part of the economy of country, accounting for as much as 12% of its revenues. But, lately tourism has been on the downfall ever since the revolution or the “ground zero” attacks at Tahrir Square in January 2011. Ironically enough, the after-effect of the revolution has made Tahrir square a major tourist attraction, as people come to witness the remains of the revolution. However, this revolution has affected tourism business in other neighboring towns such as Sharm-el Sheikh, where the inhabitants rely on tourism as their major source of income for their lives. This downward trend of tourism has also affected the national airline carrier, Egypt Air, which has incurred losses as much as up to 80% of its revenues.
Many of the Egyptian citizens are unsure as to where this trend could lead in the future. However, the people do feel that all hope is not lost and that Egypt will eventually spring back and regain its popularity as a top tourist center.
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