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This week on Marketplace Middle East

May 2, 2012 -- Updated 1308 GMT (2108 HKT)
MME takes a look at the foreign businesses returning to Libya a year on after the unrest in the region.
MME takes a look at the foreign businesses returning to Libya a year on after the unrest in the region.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tourism contributes 11% to Egypt's GDP but after Mubarak's fall the sector declined
  • Egypt's Minister of Tourism wants to reverse the decline
  • MME looks at the foreign businesses returning to Libya in the wake of its revolution

(CNN) -- FACETIME: Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Egyptian Minister of Tourism

Tourism plays an essential economic role in Egypt contributing to more than 11% of the country's GDP. However, following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, the sector declined 33% in 2011. This week, MME sat down with Egypt's Minister of Tourism who believes this decline is reversible.

IN FOCUS: Return of Foreign Business to Libya

This week, airline carrier British Airways resumed flights between London and Tripoli after suspending its service last year. But it's not just the airline sector that is looking to head back into Libya. Foreign companies are returning after the eventual overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. MME takes a look at one hotel group that has reopened its doors in Tripoli.

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