U.S. and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane, en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, was brought down by a bomb on board.
Tourism represents 11 percent of Egypt’s economy and almost 20 percent of crucial foreign currency revenues, and it had been making a gradual recovery after years of political upheaval since the 2011 popular uprising that deposed longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Eastern European visitors, also including people from former Soviet satellite states like Ukraine, made up a crucial 45 percent of all tourist arrivals in June, according to Egyptian government statistics. …read more
Source: San Francisco Chronicle