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Egypt’s tourism industry struggling to recover from civil unrest

Even tranquil resorts far from hotspots in Cairo and northern Sinai suffered after Western governments issued travel warnings following Morsi’s overthrow

By Patrick Kingsley  /  The Guardian, HURGHADA, Egypt

“Even in Cairo, the tension was quite localized. We had good guides who knew what they were doing. They said the trouble in Tahrir Square is always in the afternoon, so we went at 8am,” Lee said.

The emptiness of the sites added to the appeal, Lee said.

“Frankly speaking, traveling with young children, it was great we didn’t have to stand in queues. There were only 10 people in the Valley of the Kings, and very few people in the Egyptian Museum. There was no queue at all at Tutankhamun’s tomb. It beats standing for an hour in a queue with a nine-year-old boy,” he said.

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