Egypt has endured dramatic political turmoil and instability over the course of the last two years. Beginning in January 2011, the Egyptian Revolution began as a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which despite its non-violent nature, resulted in 846 dead and 6,000 injured. On the 11th February, 2011, after persistent protest and pressure, history marked the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and resulted in administrative and legislative control of the country being surrendered to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
As a result of the turbulent episode between 2011 and 2012, the hospitality sector endured the backlash and the repercussions of the infamously entitled Arab Spring, with the hotel sector being among the hardest hit both locally and regionally. Throughout this publication, HVS reviews the macroeconomics, the recent performance of the hotel industry in the popular tourist destinations of Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh, and provides an indication of the short-term and the mid-term outlook for the industry.