Plane crash unlikely to affect Egyptian tourism says minister

Published on : Monday, May 23, 2016

Tourism-in-EgyptEgypt Air plane crash is unlikely to affect Egyptian tourism said the Egyptian tourism minister Egypt Air plane crash is unlikely to affect Egypt tourism minister Yehia Rashed. The government has already stated that it hopes to attract millions of visitors next year.



The minister of tourism Yehia Rashed said that Egypt is planning to cut off prices for vacationers because the country is offering good value. The projection this year is 10 million; the minister has set high targets for 2017 for this North African Nation.



He feels that nothing has changes and Egypt’s hard work will pay off by bringing maximum tourist revenues.



Egypt has shown a consistent decrease in tourist arrivals. The first quarter of 2016 marked 40 per cent low arrivals from the last year after Russia, U.K., and Germany imposed travel bans after the downing of the aircraft full of tourists over Sinai. The crash of Flight 804 with 66 people on board is the latest blow that Egyptian tourism has received after suffering five years of political turmoil. The aircraft, which took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris on May 19, disappeared from radar shortly after entering Egyptian airspace. It was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members. Thirty of the passengers were Egyptian, 15 were French and the remaining were citizens from across the world. The cause of the crash has not been determined yet.



According to the Central Bank Data, the Egyptian economy is already suffering as foreign currency is not coming to the country. Direct tourism employment is 1.3 million people, 5.2 per cent of Egypt’s workforce in 2014 making up 3.5 percent of the economy compared to the 5 percent in 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.



Rashid said “we need to separate politics from tourism; tourism is a lifestyle, it has a social and economical impact we can’t mix it with politics.” The ban needs to be lifted as terrorism is a threat faced by all countries. It is a global issue and people in France and U.S. face the same problem felt the minister.

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