Drop in Tourism Hinders Restoration Efforts in Egypt

artnet News | Alyssa Buffenstein:

Egyptian museums are struggling to keep their heritage alive, as drops in revenue from tourism make it increasingly difficult to allocate funding to excavation, preservation, and exhibition efforts.

From 2010—the year before Egypt’s revolution and the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak—to 2015, the number of tourists to the country has dropped by more than 15 million to 6.3 million, with revenue from ticket sales to historic sites dropping from $220 million to just $38 million, AFP reports… Read more

Image: Egyptians ride their carts past the Great Pyramid of Cheops, aka Pyramid of Khufu, in August 2016 on the Giza Plateau. Photo courtesy Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images