With the “Arab Spring” protests and revolution in Egypt, travel has nearly stopped to the fabled country, and that has hurt tourism. Regulations in Egypt are a mess, and were even before the revolution, but unregulated development is threatening many natural areas in Egypt.
Egypt in the past has had a “mass tourism” model – trying to get as many people into Egypt to spend as much money in aggregate as possible. But some developments, like the Desert Lodge in El Qasr, and efforts to protect dolphins and sharks in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as a new eco-village in upper Egypt, the Hermopolis Eco Village, could change that.
I have never been to Egypt, although I have always wanted to. I hope Egypt grows and learns how best to protect their natural treasures.
- Is Troubled Egypt Ripe Enough For Eco-Tourism? – Green Prophet (greenprophet.com)
- Egypt attempts to its post-revolution tourism industry (travelnews.britishairways.com)
- Egypt to host World Travel Awards Ceremony (travelnews.britishairways.com)