Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt

By Attila Nagy on at

Once a crowded holiday resort town, Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt is now a hauntingly empty. Before the Arab Spring in 2011, about 15 million tourists visited the North African country each year. But after several terrorist attacks major airlines suspended flights and foreign offices around the world warned of terrorist threats, Egypt is not such a popular spot any more.

Tourist numbers have plummeted so dramatically in the past five years that many businesses were forced to close in Sharm el-Sheikh, a town that was almost completely built around tourism. Simply put, Sharm el-Sheikh has become a ghost town.

 

Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Tourists take a selfie in front of a welcome sign after arriving at Sharm El Sheikh airport (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Shop owners wait for customers in the Old Market district (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Bushes grow over a hotel novelty train cart at an abandoned hotel (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Replica Egyptian statues in poor condition at a construction site (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
A waterslide under construction (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
A shuttered souvenir store (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
A man walks in front of a new hotel under construction (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Hotels under construction (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
A faded billboard at the entrance to a new hotel construction site (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Empty swimming pool at an abandoned resort (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
A man cleans the floor at a tourist amusement park (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Tourists take photographs in front of a large replica dinosaur at an amusement park (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Photos From an Abandoned Resort Town Show How Terrorism Destroyed Tourism in Egypt
Empty market stalls (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)