This research focuses on the impact of the Arab Spring on the tourism sector in post-revolutionary Egypt, particularly after January 25th, 2011. Political upheaval has resulted in serious downfalls in the tourism industry and hard implications on the living conditions of tourism business owners and workers. The study shows the international reaction towards Egypt as a tourist destination and its negative consequences on the tourism sector. It sheds light on the challenges that different tourism stakeholders have been facing post-revolution. The research also assesses the consequences of certain government policies that have negatively impacted the tourism sector during this period. It reveals the impact of the ensuing security lapse on the safety of tourists in Egypt. The study also identifies previously existing problems affecting tourism and the extent to which these problems have intensified post-revolution. At the end, it provides some recommendations based on the literature and tourism authorities to revive and enhance tourism in Egypt.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Graduation Date


Submission Date

December 2013

First Advisor

Barsoum, Ghada

Committee Member 1

Ali, Hamid

Committee Member 2

Bhuiyan, Shahjahan


75 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Egypt -- History -- Protests, 2011-

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Egypt -- Politics and government -- 21st century.


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First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for granting me strength and ability to do this research amid the hardest conditions. Without His empowerment and guidance, this study would have never been accomplished. I wish to express my gratitude to my advisor Dr. Ghada Barsoum for being the source of inspiration and encouragement. I am extremely grateful for her guidance and support throughout this study. I have learnt a lot from her advising and valuable instruction in the field of research. I also wish to extend my sincere thanks to my readers: Dr. Hamid Ali, Chair, and Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan for their help despite their busy agenda. Their belief in me has been a source of encouragement and motivation. Also, I can never forget thanking Dr. Laila El Baradei, Acting Dean, for her significant comments and remarks. I take this opportunity to record my sincere gratitude to all who, directly or indirectly, have lent their helping hand in this venture. I would like to thank all my interviewees for their super willingness to help and their sincerity and trust in providing me useful information. Last, but not least, I place my sense of thankfulness to my family for their unceasing tolerance, support and understanding. Special thanks to my precious gift, my daughter Emma, who has always been my source of relief and motivation. I dedicate this work to Emma and I want her to be proud of me as much as I am of her.