Egypt: The Sinai massacre has no negative impact on tourism
Wednesday, 08. August 2012, 19:39
Egypt Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou denied and negative impact of the Sinai massacre on tourism industry.
There has been a severe attack on the Egyptian-Gaza border
and 16 Egyptian were dead with 7 injured.
Zazou confirmed that tourism agencies have not yet
cancelled reservations, saying that he called them in person to make sure.
He stressed that tourists should feel secure again in the
country, adding that this is supposed to be one of the president's priorities.
Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, pledged last weekend
to guarantee security for tourists, whose numbers have slumped since last
year's uprising in a major setback for the country's economy.
Elhamy El-Zayat, the head of the Egypt Tourism Federation,
warns of another shock to the sector in the country, particularly as the Sinai
attack was preceded by two bloody clashes in Giza and Cairo.
Clashes erupted at downtown Cairo's Nile City Towers on
Thursday afternoon with at least one death reported, when a crowd set light to
parked vehicles beside the Nile-front complex and attacked parts of the building.
Earlier this month, a fight which erupted between a
Christian and a Muslim in the village of Dahshur, Giza, led to wider clashes
and one death.
El-Zayat said that the total loss to the tourism sector in
2011 is estimated to be LE5 billion ($833.3 million), and one third of the
workers in this field were laid off.
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