Ups and downs of tourism in the Levant

05.08.2011                      05.Aw-Elul, 5771

Tourismus:

Ups and downs of tourism in the Levant

Egypt says its tourism is bouncing back, but tourists stay away from Syria, Lebanon following concerns over volatile region; Israel unaffected.

“Be careful,” says the Israeli border clerk as we pass into the Egyptian Sinai, reigniting initial concerns that perhaps it’s still too volatile to be vacationing at the resorts along the Red Sea.
“Oh, don’t worry. We say that to those entering Israel, too,” she adds reassuringly.
Travel to the Middle East this year was supposed to reach record highs, but the Arab Spring sent the numbers tumbling, as the violence and turmoil kept many away. But there are signs of recovery in Egypt and in Israel, even as tourism continues to drop in Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian areas….