In 2017 Egypt made it onto my no-fly list of destinations and for very good reason. The country has been devastated by years of political turmoil and suspected terrorist attacks and as a result, Egypt’s once thriving tourist industry – central to the country’s economic survival and employing approximately 10 percent of its 20 million population – has basically nosedived.
Before the revolution in 2010, for instance, Egypt attracted over 14 million visitors per year, but by 2011 figures had dropped by 80 percent. Today, some 8 years on, Egypt appears to be slowly stabilizing both politically and economically. In fact, The United Nations World Tourism Organization ranked Egypt the second fastest growing tourism destination in 2017 and on course to attract 12 million visitors this year alone.