FACTBOX-Protests and Egypt's tourism industry

Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:21pm GMT
 

CAIRO Jan 26 (Reuters) - Mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year reign have raised questions over whether Egypt's vital tourism industry will be affected.

Here are some facts about the sector:

HOW IMPORTANT IS TOURISM TO EGYPT?

-- Tourism accounts for over 11 percent of Egypt's gross domestic product, according to the tourism ministry.

-- It provides about one in eight jobs in the most populous Arab country.

-- About 12.5 million tourists visited Egypt in 2009, bringing revenue of $10.8 billion. Tourism brought in over $9 billion in the first nine months of 2010, government figures show.

-- Tourism is one of Egypt's top sources of foreign revenue.

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