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Old 12-27-2012, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default New turmoil hits Egypt's tourism

Hit by new unrest, Egypt's tourism industry worries over future between turmoil, Islamists

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At Egypt's Pyramids, the desperation of vendors to sell can be a little frightening for some tourists.

Young men descend on any car with foreigners in it blocks before it reaches the more than 4,500 year-old Wonder of the World. They bang on car doors and hoods, some waving the sticks and whips they use for driving camels, demanding the tourists come to their shop or ride their camel or just give money.

In the southern city of Aswan, tour operator Ashraf Ibrahim was recently taking a group to a historic mosque when a mob of angry horse carriage drivers trapped them inside, trying to force them to take rides. The drivers told Ibrahim to steer business their way in the future or else they'd burn his tourist buses, he said.

Egypt's touts have always been aggressive but they're more desperate than ever after nearly two years of devastation in the tourism industry, a pillar of the economy.

December, traditionally the start of Egypt's peak season, has brought new pain. Many foreigners stayed away because of the televised scenes of protests and clashes on the streets of Cairo in the battle over a controversial constitution.

Arrivals this month were down 40 percent from November, according to airport officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Tourism workers have little hope that things will get better now that the constitution came into effect this week after a nationwide referendum. The power struggle between Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the opposition threatens to erupt at any time into more unrest in the streets.

More long term, many in the industry worry ruling Islamists will start making changes like banning alcohol or swimsuits on beaches that they fear will drive tourists away.

"Nobody can plan anything because one day you find that everything might be OK and another that everything is lost. You can't even take a right decision or plan for the next month," said Magda Fawzi, head of Sabena Management.

She's thinking of shutting down her company, which runs two hotels in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh and four luxury cruise boats on the Nile between the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan. In one hotel, only 10 of 300 rooms are booked, and only one of her ships is operating, she said. She has already downsized from 850 employees before the revolution to 500.

"I don't think there will be any stability with this kind of constitution. People will not accept it," she said.

Tourism, one of Egypt's biggest foreign currency earners, was gutted by the turmoil of last year's 18-day uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Scared off by the upheaval, the number of tourists fell to 9.8 million in 2011 from 14.7 million the year before, and revenues plunged 30 percent to $8.8 billion.
Scared off by the upheaval, the number of tourists fell to 9.8 million in 2011 from 14.7 million the year before, and revenues plunged 30 percent to $8.8 billion.

Look how they treat the tourists that come now.. Egypt is losing billions

http://news.yahoo.com/turmoil-hits-e...211617668.html
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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Islam isn't good for tourism, who would've thunk it..
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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I haven't been to Bali either.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #4
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I haven't been to Bali either.
You can always visit the lovely waziristan where the fun times are abound
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One of my mates has been in Egypt on holidays for about two weeks. He went there with a group of friends to celebrate some sort of Egyptian anniversary, maybe the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb (?), not sure.
He's kept a diary on facebook. Nothing out of the ordinary. He seems to be enjoying his vacation.
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Islam is worse than communism. And should be treated like that.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:49 AM   #7
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Islam is worse than communism. And should be treated like that.
Good to see you here Kosher.

Its radical Islam thats the problem.....unfortunately, its out of control.
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One of my mates has been in Egypt on holidays for about two weeks. He went there with a group of friends to celebrate some sort of Egyptian anniversary, maybe the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb (?), not sure.
He's kept a diary on facebook. Nothing out of the ordinary. He seems to be enjoying his vacation.
One of your muslim mates hey?
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:53 AM   #9
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One of your muslim mates hey?
yeah because everyone who has visited a muslim country is a muslim - Damn.
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yeah because everyone who has visited a muslim country is a muslim - Damn.
Right wing extremists with Freeride's mentality belong to the infancy of our species. A dying breed of racist religious nutjobs that are increasingly out of touch with reality.
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