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Egypt’s Political Unrest Has Left the Tourism Industry in Shambles

Excerpt from Financial Times

Dec 22, 2013 4:00 pm

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Worries about instability will continue to plague Egypt for as long as its military rules continue to arbitrarily enforce the law and both Egyptians and visitors in a state of insecurity.

— Jason Clampet

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Cairo’s Egyptian Museum is a world-famous collection of artefacts. Containing the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb and a cache of royal mummies, it is a leading tourist attraction.

But on a sunny November morning, most of the museum’s rooms are empty, a vivid indication of the crisis facing Egypt’s tourism sector. Nearly three years of political unrest have scared visitors away and left the industry reeling.

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