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Egypt's Tourism Collapse Stretches From the Pyramids to the Beach

  • Russian plane crash hitting tourism harder than upheavals
  • Tourist numbers dropped to decade low at end of year
A tourist walks past sunbeds on a beach in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Nov. 10, 2015.

A tourist walks past sunbeds on a beach in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Nov. 10, 2015.

Photographer: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP via Getty Images
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Suspicions that a bomb sent a Russian passenger plane crashing into the Sinai Peninsula are damaging Egyptian tourism in ways that five years of political upheaval did not.

About 1 million tourists visited Egypt in November and December, down 41 percent from last year and the lowest number during these peak months since at least 2005, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Tourism wasn’t that weak even in November and December 2013, when deadly confrontations between security forces and Islamist supporters were a near-daily occurrence.