As power cuts threaten the livelihood of small businesses and hotels in the resort city of Hurghada, airport police officer, security guard strikes and ongoing power cuts are putting the popular tourist destination in a difficult position.
Several low ranking police officers and security guards in
the coastal city of Hurghada have been on strike due to the Interior Ministry’s
decision to transfer the Hurghada port security manager General Sameh Outta to
the security directorate. As a response to the strike, airport authorities
brought in civilians on Monday under supervision of senior police officers, to
take their place.
These police strikes and power cuts may yet impact tourism
in Hurgada but for now hotels claim to be coping well.
The strike is affecting only the airport and the general
manager of the Hurghada airport, Major General Samy Abdel-Moneim, stated that work will continue as normal.
He also stated that police officers working in the ports
are not involved in the protests, and said that the airport control tower has
not been affected by the strike.
Large chain hotels like the Hilton and Montillon have
generators to be used as back-ups, claiming that the power cuts have not had
any significant effect on their guests. According to the Montillon Hotel,
“Everything is under control.”
The problem affects mainly small businesses and hotels
without back-up generators. “When the power goes out, it is obviously not a
good thing for us,” said Ahmed Whsy, manager of the Golden Rose Hotel, a
medium-size hotel. For Whsy, business has not been great, but he believes that
the number of tourists currently in Hurghada for Ramadan is higher than
Hurghada is a popular Russian tourist destination, with
direct flights from Moscow, making it very easy for Russian tourists to come to
Egypt without having to worry about problems in the rest of Egypt.
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