Egypt and Iraq tied for number of hotel attacks

The attack which put Egypt in the number three spot left 26 dead

Moon Island Beach Resort, which was struck during the 2004 attacks
Moon Island Beach Resort, which was struck during the 2004 attacks

Joining Iraq, Kenya and Colombia, Egypt takes the number three slot for highest number of terrorist attacks at hotels worldwide.

Counter-terrorism intelligence firm IntelCenter released their figures for hotel attacks on Friday, ranking Egypt third because of the deadly January attack in Mount Sinai which left 26 dead.

Somalia tops the list, with four attacks at hotels already in 2015. Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen all share the second spot.

Cairo English-language newspaper Daily News Egypt said that the hotel which was attacked in January was a target not because the Islamist militants wanted to target tourists, but because it is owned by the military.

The attack involved car bombs and rockets fired at the military base in Al-Arish, as well as rockets fired directly at the hotel.

Egypt is no stranger to terrorist attacks generally and hotel attacks specifically. Most notably, in 1996, Islamist gunmen opened fire on the Europa Hotel in Cairo, killing 18 and wounding 17.

Sinai has also seen one of the largest-scale attacks on a hotel in the region, when a series of bombings in Sinai in 2004 when three coordinated attacks left 34 dead and 171 wounded.

Despite the attack in January, general civil unrest and no elected parliament, Egypt has seen a massive surge in hotel occupancy according to STR Global, as it rebuilds its infrastructure and gets back to 'business as usual'.

Hotel occupancy is up 30.6% to 53.2% in Cairo, with the city also recording the largest rise in RevPAR, up 36.1% to $55.21.

One of the worst terrorist attacks India has ever seen, perhaps the most deadly attack on hotels was in Mumbai in 2008, when a series of 10 coordinated attacks by Pakistani terrorist group Lakshar-e-Taiba left 164 people dead and more than 308 wounded.

The total number of attacks on hotels worldwide in 2015 has been 14 so far.

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