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  •  12 percent of Egypt's workforce (0+ / 0-)

    This might sound petty given the human rights issues. but I was considering going to Egypt as a tourist. Not now. Not under these uncertain conditions.

    Tourism accounts for 12 percent of the economy, and over 11 billion dollars.

    I know there are important issues here, but it was once said they Egypt is the only nation in the Middle East, everyone else is just a tribe with a flag.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 08:58:11 AM PST

    •  I have been to Egypt a few times... (3+ / 0-)

      it is an amazing place. This is...and has been...very unfortunate, from the perspective of visiting there...

    •  I wouldn't go there (1+ / 0-)
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      Cliss

      Probably not that dangerous for a tourist, but being an American isn't going to help right now and for the foreseeable future.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 10:53:35 AM PST

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      wu ming, KenBee, se portland

      or else Israel: back and forth this year. I want to go somewhere with incredible ancient history, and both definitely qualify.

      However, I am just keeping my eye on the situation. There's no concern I have in Egypt for tourists unless it becomes more unstable with Morsi. Even during the Arab Spring, there was no tumult felt by tourists outside of a small slice of Cairo, from what I've read. Bluejerseymom, who posts on this site, was there then, if I remember this correctly. And as for Israel, I likewise feel no trepidation about going -- it's just a bit pricier, so I've been struggling with that since we're definitely budget-travelers.

      My main issue with Egyptian tourism is that it's going to be really hot in the desert in June, and I'd really like to travel to the oasises. Sigh...

      We might wind up in Morocco instead. I've been saving for this vacation for two years and working extra hours toward it.

      You should keep your eye on the U.S. consulate recommendations and look for current travel reports from people. Not one tourist has even remotely been threatened through all of this; a few Israeli tourists mentioned leaving due to the unease, but not any injury. No tourists in either country have been harmed.

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