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Egyptian tourism poised to take a big hit

A bomb may have brought down a Russian airliner this week and while authorities are still trying to sort out exactly what happened to the A321 aircraft over the Sinai Peninsula one thing seems certain -- tourism in Egypt which had been slow to recover after that country's civil war is likely to take another huge hit.

When times were good, about 300,000 Americans traveled to Egypt annually. But times have not been good for Egypt in recent years and the specter of a bomb taking out an airliner that flew out of one of the country's busiest airports doesn't exactly ease fears.

Americans aren't big players in Egyptian tourism, but Europeans are. About one million British citizens and 600,000 Germans visited the country last year. It's also popular with Russians, with about 3 million visiting in 2014.

According to the State Department website no recent warnings or alerts have been issued regarding tourism in Egypt but it has issued a warning for its employees: "As a precautionary measure, the United States Embassy has instructed its employees not to travel anywhere in the Sinai Peninsula pending the outcome of the investigation into the tragic crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt on October 31. The Embassy will issue another message when this measure is lifted."

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›