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Tourism official: Islamist rule will impact tourism sector, revenue

Head of Egyptian Tourism Federation warns of dire consequences for local tourism industry in event of Islamist landslide in parliamentary polls

Bassem Abo Alabass, Wednesday 30 Nov 2011
Sharm el Sheik
General view showing an empty beach at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik (Photo: AP)
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Egyptian tourism officials are expressing fears for the future of ‎Egypt’s once-thriving tourism industry following preliminary ‎indications that suggest strong electoral showings by ‎Islamist candidates – from both the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‎Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafist Nour Party – in ‎Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary polls.‎

According to Egyptian Tourism Federation head Elhamy El-‎Zayat, an Islamist-dominated parliament would put some LE200 ‎billion ($33.3 billion) worth of tourism investments in jeopardy.‎

‎“I’ve had several debates with Islamist figures about tourism and ‎I fear the sector will collapse under their rule,” he told Ahram ‎Online in a telephone interview.‎

El-Zayat went on to point to recent statements by a Salafist ‎representative in which he said that the movement did not want ‎foreign tourists visiting Egypt.‎

‎“They’re only thinking about alcohol and bikinis, not the huge ‎amounts of revenue the sector brings Egypt’s economy,” El-‎Zayat stressed. “They want to rely on ‘cultural tourism,’ which ‎currently accounts for only 11 per cent of total tourism revenue.”‎

Tourism has traditionally represented one of Egypt’s top foreign ‎currency earners.‎

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30-11-2011 06:16pm
goodbye tourists
i agree totally, i don't think people realise how much tourism really helps this country, there are sooooooooo many egyptians working in sharm, hurgada, etc, and so many jobs will be lost. We will see in the near future just what will happen when the tourists go to turkey and other near countries which offer great hospitality to people who help the economy!
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