Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The state of tourism following the crisis

Forex Yard (Shaimaa Fayed and Peter Millership)

Young Egyptians have launched an "Egypt is Safe" campaign, students are cleaning up national monuments and drivers now take visitors around Cairo's Tahrir Square as an attraction, anything to get the tourists back.

Sites around the great pyramid at Giza, a Wonder of the Ancient World, the Sphinx and the cemetery at Sakkara have been nearly empty of tourists since a revolt started a month ago that ousted Hosni Mubarak, and now Egypt wants visitors to return.

"In terms of reviving tourism, the problem is currently Libya not us. The whole region is very hot right now," Karim Mohsen, managing director of Sylvia Tours Egypt, said, referring to an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi in the western neighbour.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Having just come back from Luxor and being the only tourist there, it is a real shame because Luxor has lost is buzz.

The problem is BBC news and the tour companies in the UK, one scaring everybody and the other calling tourists and offering alternate holidays. My sister was due to go to Luxor in September, but her company changed her holiday to Turkey as soon as the troubles started.

I have heard of holiday exchanges by so many people that makes me think that it will take longer than the locals expect for tourism to flood back to Luxor (and other locations).

PS. I had a fabulous trip to Luxor as every tomb, temple and site was totally empty and my photos look amazing!!

Greg Bartlett
TheKlangers (twitter)