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The tragic hot air balloon explosion in Luxor on Tuesday killing 19 tourists comes as a blow to Egypt`s tourism.
The tourism industry in Egypt, which generates billions of dollars every year, has been suffering since the 2011 revolution.
And while the 2012’s figures showed there had been a slight recovery in tourism, this tragic incident is a blow to Egyptian efforts to grow tourism.
International tourism generated $10.1 billion in 2012, compared with $8.7 in 2011.
Egyptian authorities are developing strategies to strengthen tourism, focusing on how to diversify the market.
Following the crash, Egypt banned balloon flights, which is an indication that authorities are “concerned not only about the safety of the people but also about their image”.
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