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Egyptian Tourist Destinations Struggle After Months Of Civil Unrest

LUXOR, EGYPT - OCTOBER 24: Egyptian men work at an archaeological site near the Valley of the Kings on October 24, 2013 in Luxor, Egypt. The site, run in partnership by the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain and the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities, employs 120 Egyptians to work on the restoration of the mortuary of King Tuthmosis III. A nearby American-funded site employs around 600 workers, an important source of jobs in a town hit hard by a decline in tourism. Luxor, one of Egypt's major tourist hot-spots, has struggled to attract visitors since a popular uprising overthrew former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. The dip in tourist numbers is contributing directly to a rise in unemployment in the southern Egyptian city. The tourist industry has further dwindled since Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the Egyptian Military in July, 2013. Major hotels in Luxor are reporting occupancy rates as low as 8% in recent months and many airlines have halted direct flights from cities in Europe to Luxor, further discouraging tourism to the Egyptian city famous for its archaeological sites. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images)
Egyptian Tourist Destinations Struggle After Months Of Civil Unrest


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