If capital is the first to flee risk, tourism must not lag too far behind. After the Tunisian ISIS terror against mostly British tourists, tourism is pretty dead in the Arab world.
Countries that attract the most visitors each year like Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon, their tourism sector will suffer irreversible damage as a result of the simultaneous terror attacks carried out yesterday by ISIS on three different continents. Even France may see its hugely important tourism industry suffer the consequences of ISIS terror.
An attack in Kuwait, preceded by two separate Mosque attacks in Saudi Arabia, another in Tunisia, and the last in France indicate how far spread ISIS sympathizers and killers are. They cover Europe, the Gulf, and North Africa.
Last month, ISIS attacked a suburb of Dallas, Texas that failed miserably. Add America to ISIS roots.
With such abilities to terrorize anywhere, tourism is pretty dead in the Arab world. Normalcy has yielded to terror thanks to the Assad regime backed by Putin who must be laughing his heart out watching ISIS wreak havoc upon his enemies.
Fools are those who believe Putin would be willing to stop Assad barrel bombs feeding ISIS with terrorists. Their effect helps him exact revenge upon the West; and the West, with Obama in power, looks as weak and feckless as a fly caught in a spider’s web.
According to UNTWO (UN World Tourism Organization) report for the year 2014, Saudi Arabia received over 15.1m tourists (Hajj season mostly), with Morocco and Egypt not too far behind with 10.3m and 9.2m tourists. Jordan attracted 4m tourists, and Tunisia welcomed over 6m tourists in 2014.
Both Morocco and Egypt rely on over $7b in remittances from their tourism sector, Jordan realizes almost $4.4b and Tunisia collects over $2.3b.
In one horrific act of terror, ISIS may have wiped $21b in revenues for four high-tourist Arab countries. If there was one sign to show how much extremist Muslims harm Islam, here is the best example. More unemployed, more instability, more poverty, and eventually more terror if no one can offer the right solutions.
Tourism is pretty dead and pretty buried after the trifecta acts of terror ISIS committed on this black Friday. At least Western tourism in any of the Arab countries.
Any nation not involved in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq would benefit from this overnight transfer of millions of tourists. It does not take a genius travel agent to realize that ISIS is targeting the countries that are targeting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.