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$2.5 bn lost income for Egyptian tourism since 2011
The tourism ministry is preparing a new campaign to promote Egypt by live-streaming images of the country around the world
Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Feb 2013
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Tourists take pictures at the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s tourism sector incurred losses in expected income of around $2.5 billion since the revolution started in January 2011, state-run daily newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday, citing the minister of tourism.

About 11.5 million tourists visited the country in 2012 and generated some $10 billion in revenues.

In 2010, around 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt, generating $12.5 billion in revenues, official data showed.

Hisham Zaazou, Egypt’s minister of tourism, will reportedly launch a live streaming channel to allow tourists to ascertain the security situation in Egypt, and to promote the country as a safe tourist destination.

The ministry will provide big screens to different countries, to display live images from Egypt.  The move comes after an agreement was made with the state’s ministry of telecommunication.

Earlier on Thursday, the ministry of planning stated that the tourism sector saw figures of 6.3 million tourists and $5.6 billion in revenues in the first half of the current fiscal year 2012/13.

This represented a 10 percent rise in tourist numbers and a 12 percent rise in revenues compared with the first half of the last fiscal year.





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Kaiser Bernese
25-02-2013 09:42pm
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Tourism - what tourism?
As a regular visitor to Egypt from the UK I am disappointed to see that, despite efforts by the Egyptian government to boost tourism by making more sites available, the UK holiday companies are ignoring this. Monarch Airlines pulled out of Luxor last year and now Thomas Cook are following suit. The only holiday company continuing to offer holidays will be Thomson. Egyptair are opening routes from Manchester but it is still going to be inconvenient to get to Luxor. This will most likely involve staying overnight in Cairo, making the trip even more expensive and will not encourage general tourism. The other main problem for visitors to Luxor is the constant hassle from everyone, from taxi drivers to men along the Corniche. We all realise that times are hard but continually hassling visitors, then making unacceptable remarks when they decline, does not encourage people to return or even promote the country to their friends. I for one will continue to get to Egypt for as long as I can a
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sickduck
22-02-2013 09:51pm
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How about some decency and civilized behaviour as well?
It would also help if Egyptian men can refrain themselves from groping and sexually harrassing female tourists, as they seem to do with their female compatriots.
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expat
22-02-2013 09:18pm
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they get,what they want
these idiots,which argue for years about the right islamic beard shape are getting,what they want...deserted tourism,mass unemployment,hunger and foreign currency troubles all good news to them,as with the absence of real education,they can soon copy pakistan and invent the nice system of madrassa schooled jihadists.
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Roslyn
21-02-2013 09:35pm
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Not just insecurity!
It is not just the scenes of insecurity and violence keeping the tourists away, but also some Islamists need to be careful about their statements, as these are also making world headlines. Felt very sad tonight, passing by the Ramses Hilton which was devoid of light or life!
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