Egypt Levies New Tourist Exit Tax

The Egyptian government has passed a new airport tax on tourists leaving the country, reports MSN Money, and critics are wondering whether or not the already damaged tourism landscape can afford such a tax.

"The government started applying the roughly $25 fee on ticket purchases through airline companies last month," the article reports. According the the story, an airport official said airline companies have been passing the charge directly on to customers buying tickets to and from the country, with it appearing as an additional tax on the ticket price. 

In 2010 Egypt saw a high of 14 million tourists, which had dropped to 9.5 million in 2013. The government is tight on cash for upkeep of its travel facilities and archaeological sites.

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