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CORRECTED: 8 million tourists visited Egypt in 2012: Minister

Tourism minister Hisham Zazou stated that he is concerned about the negative impact of political events on cultural tourism

Dalia Farouk, Tuesday 13 Nov 2012
A tourist takes a photo at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the South Sinai governorate,(Photo: Reuters)
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Around 8.1 million tourists visited Egypt in the first 9-months of 2012, injecting some $10 billion into the economy, announced Minister of Tourism Hisham Zazou on Monday during the annual conference of the Scandinavian embassies in Cairo.

Zazou added that around 96 million overnight stays by tourists in Egyptian hotels were recorded in the same period.

Malin Karre, the Swedish ambassador in Cairo, said that Scandinavian tourists consider Egypt to be one of the best beach tourism destinations worldwide.

The Egyptian minister confirmed that beach tourism in the country has bottomed out, while cultural tourism in Luxor and Aswan is suffering due to the negative impacts of political events.

He hopes that the number of tourists will reach 11 million by the end of 2012.

Zazou referred to the tourism as a vital pillar of the national economy, representing 11.3 per cent of Egypt's gross domestic product and 17 per cent of its foreign currency reserves, in addition to 12.6 per cent of the total manpower of the state, with four million people directly employed in the industry.

Recently, Egypt's Coalition to Support Tourism (CST) has that said it will file a case against top Egyptian officials for inaction in response to statements by a Salafist sheikh who called for the demolition of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

In a television interview on Saturday night, radical Salafist scholar Morgan El-Gohary called for the destruction of Egypt's monuments as they "were once worshipped and could be worshipped again."

This article was corrected on 25 November. The tourist numbers is for the first 9 months of 2012 not 10. 

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14-11-2012 08:52pm
something new from this ministry since 2 years nearly?
dreamtales,wonderful numbers of tourists(ok,lybians etc will be added to the total) and a serious lack of hard cash seem to drive this funny guys in office 8 million in oktober,and you want to top this by millions untill dec? where are your maths? ok,the pyramids should be blown off together with the sphinx according to the new rulers minority branch good news and if i would be a politician with ambitions,i would do a predictment,which would really year,you will only have 5-8 million cheap charly guests in your resorts left...and the rates are dropping to the bottom nobody else than this will visit anymore a totally deranged country a prediction,only
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