Egypt highlights the vulnerability of tourism

Published on : Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Egypt highlights the vulnerabilityAs far as tourism is concerned, Egypt is one of the super powers in the world. Pyramids of ancient kings such as Khufu and Khafre still stand high in the capital city of Cairo. The tomb of Tutankhamen, the famous mummy which wore a golden mask, is situated in southern city of Luxor.

Tourists are attracted by the Egyptian history of more than seven thousand years old which they learn from school textbooks etc. The number of foreign tourists reached 14 million few years back. Tourism is one of the largest sources of foreign currency revenue in Egypt.

However, when I visited the Luxor Governorate office few days back, a remark by Gov. Mohammed Badr astonished me like anything. He said Luxor will shortly back off from tourism.  More than 80 percent of the livelihood of the residents of Luxor is dependent on Tourism Despite the huge success; the governor is prioritizing the promotion of the agriculture and energy industries to tourism. He said this strategy is a result of repeated “shocks.” The first attack took place 20 years back at the premises of the temple of Queen Hatshepsut in western Luxor killing 60 people along with 10 Japanese nationals. Next shock was the political turmoil that started six years back. As a result of which, in 2016 Egypt witnessed 30 percent less in the arrival of overseas visitors. Many hotels were put up on sale. Unemployment rate in Luxor shoot up to 25 percent from 3 percent respectively.

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