The tourism sector, particularly Cairo bazaars, has been the most affected by the January 25 revolution. Most of these bazaars open at noon and often operate 2-3 days a week because there are no tourists. The situation has further deteriorated following the recent clashes between the security forces and the Egyptian Coptic Christians.
In the past, tourist groups would stop at the bazaar after visiting the National Museum which is close to the Liberation Square. Nowadays, tourists no longer do that because of the security situation.
Tourism is considered one of the main sources of income as its represents 11% of the gross domestic product and employs 12% of active work force. The absence of tourism has also affected other sectors of the economy such as the aviation sector has lost $370 million so far this year.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat, October 21, 2011