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Egypt’s tourism sector posts 28% drop tourist numbers

The number of tourists visiting Egypt in the first two months of this year fell 28% to 1.3 million, compared with the same period in 2013, Ahram has reported. The tourism sector, which accounts for roughly nine percent of GDP, has received several blows since a popular uprising forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011. Prolonged periods of unrest and sporadic violence have led many countries to warn their citizens against travelling to Egypt. Egypt attracted 14.7 million visitors in 2010, a record high. That fell to around 10 million in 2011, then rose to 11.5 million in 2012.