Tourism revenues in Egypt dropped 30 percent to $8.8 billion in 2011, following the uprising in January and February. Government officials reported a slight resurgence in those numbers in 2012....So here's a country where people who are supposedly upset about instability take to the streets and make things even more unstable. Noted. I would never go there. But it's not just the violent protests and the occasional popping balloon:
Across the country, anger at Egypt’s newly elected Islamist government and its failure to bring economic and political stability to the country has fueled a rising tide of violent protests and clashes, which further threaten the tourism sector.
Fatal road and train accidents are common in Egypt, due to badly maintained infrastructure and poor law enforcement....Terrible. Why does anyone go there? But they do. And they let some local company send them up a thousand feet in the air in a balloon.
[And] an increase in sexual harassment and assault on Egypt’s streets has added to the fears of women travelers.