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August 2017 - World: Current tourism trends.

Mass tourism is increasingly generating hostile reactions from the host population, in particular in Barcelona (32 million visitors per year), in Venice (28 million visitors per year) and in Majorca.

On the other hand, several other countries, whose tourism was affected by negative factors in the last years, welcomed recently a recovery as do the five destinations that recorded the highest increase in foreign visitors during the first 4 months of 2017.

According to the UN World Tourism Organization, these five destinations are:
1. Palestine (400,000 foreign visitors, i.e. an increase of 57.8% compared to the same period of 2016); The listing of Hebron as a World Heritage site, in addition to Bethlehem and South Jerusalem, can help support the trends.
2. Egypt (+ 51% compared to the corresponding period of 2016 thanks to the strengthening of security measures and major promotional campaigns). For the whole of the year 2017, Egypt could receive 8 million foreign visitors (compared to a peak of 14.1 million in 2010).
3. The Northern Mariana Islands (+ 37.3%, partly due to the opening of casinos) that are located north of Guam in the Pacific.
4. Iceland (+ 35%). See below.
5. Tunisia (+ 33% thanks to the strengthening of security measures and low prices). The country expects to receive 6.5 million foreign visitors for the whole of the year 2017, approaching its level of 2010 (7.8 million).

February 2017: Egypt - Increase of visa fees.

The authorities have postponed the sharp rise of the visa fees ($ 60 instead of $ 25) to 1 July, in order not to discourage the recovery of tourism.

3 November 2016: Egypt
- Devaluation of the Egyptian pound.

The Central Bank of Egypt decided to float its currency, which had been pegged at 8.8 Egyptian pounds for one US dollar since mid-March 2016. Then, the Egyptian pound depreciated sharply to about 16 Egyptian pounds for one dollar, which means a de facto devaluation of about 80%. As a result, domestic prices in Egypt have strongly risen. The Egyptian Central Bank also raised interest rates. In addition, the Egyptian Government decided to cut spending and implement an austerity program. All this enabled Egypt to get a loan of $12 billion from the International Monetary Fund.

May 18, 2016: Egypt - Crash of EgyptAir flight MS804.

On Wednesday night, the flight EgyptAir MS804 en route from Paris to Cairo crashed in the Mediterranean with 56 passengers and 10 crew members. The causes of the crash are not yet known. A terrorist act is likely.

Early November 2015: Egypt - The FCO advise against all but essential travel through Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

A Russian plane from Sharm el-Sheikh crashed on October 31, 2015. Since the crash may be due to the explosion of a bomb in the luggage, many Western countries have advised against travel to Sharm el-Sheikh, at least until further notice. In addition, they took measures to repatriate safely holidaymakers who stayed there. 


 

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