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EgyptAir crash likely to affect tourism growth

EgyptAir crash likely to affect tourism growth

Egypt

The recent crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 has dealt a blow to an already struggling Egyptian economy affected by jihadist attacks that have scared tourists away .

The crash of flight MS804 is the third air tragedy in seven months for Egypt undermining efforts to attract tourists and their much-needed revenues

According to official statistics, the country raked $ 6.1 billion in tourism revenues in 2015, representing a 15% fall compared to the previous year. Some residents of Cairo said the situation is disturbing

Tourists and business are returning to Egypt. And it will be even bigger. No matter what they do, we'll stay strong

“Sometimes there are accidents, a fire here and there. How will we get tourists? tell me, how will tourism be revived?“Atef El Rayes, a store manager said.

But there are some who still remain optimistic like Mohamed El Saqqa, a store manager who maintains: “Tourists and business are returning to Egypt. And it will be even bigger. No matter what they do, we’ll stay strong. We will not give up. Egypt will remain strong and will be better than other countries. “

According to the international market research firm Euromonitor, recent events will curb the ambitions of the government, seeking to reach the milestone of 20 million foreign visitors by 2020.

*AFP*

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