Egypt tourism faces meltdown as security fears mount
PARIS, France (AFP) - Egypt's tourism industry was facing meltdown on Friday as foreign governments advised visitors to stay in their hotels and tour operators began cancelling trips to the crisis-hit country.
Fears of nationwide unrest in the wake of a violent crackdown by the military-backed interim government earlier this week have resulted in a string of countries issuing official advice against all but essential travel to the land of the pyramids.
Tourists already in the country are being told to stay in their hotels and resorts, even in areas untouched by the troubles, adding to a sense of insecurity that has hit the beleaguered sector hard.
Tourism is a vital component of the Egyptian economy, accounting for more than 11 per cent of gross domestic product before the current wave of political instability began with the Arab Spring in 2011.