Egypt’s tourism industry has taken such a hit from aircraft crashes and terrorist attacks that Zahi Hawass, the country’s self-styled Indiana Jones, has started a tour of the country with Anwar Sadat’s widow to woo back foreigners.
Only three million tourists have visited the country since the start of 2016, down by half compared with the same period last year, according to the tourism authority. In 2010, the year before the Arab Spring, 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt.
Millions have stayed away, dealing a crushing blow to the country’s economy. On Sunday President Sisi warned Egyptians that they faced tough austerity measures, including cuts to food and energy subsidies.