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A rebounding tourism sector threatens the fragile marine ecosystem. The Red Sea is a top scuba diving destination, but Egypt's tourism sector was buffeted by a wave of security shocks through much of this decade, before a partial recovery since 2017 .The contribution of Egypt's tourism sector to gross domestic product rose 16.5 percent last year to $29.6 billion, the highest level since 2010, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.Egypt has not published its own official statistics for the year.UNEP estimates that about 20 percent of the world's coral reefs have been destroyed and a further 60 percent are under threat from climate change, overfishing and tourism.Scientists consider the Red Sea's reefs the most climate change-resilient corals but say they are still under threat.Around 1,700 tourist boats operate along Egypt's Red Sea coast, according to the Red Sea province, while the Suez Canal Authority says 18,174 commercial vessels passed through the Suez Canal last year.Gen. Ahmad Abdullah, governor of Egypt's Red Sea province, agreed.
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