In a speech Hisham Zazua, Egypt’s Tourism Minister, said there was evidence that tourism in Egypt had fallen ill but was not dead, and that there was still hope for the revival of the sector if the country’s political environment were to stabilise. He pointed out that tourism in Egypt had increased throughout the month of March by 22% compared to same period in 2012, and that total numbers for 2012 rose 17.1% compared to that of 2011.
Zazua also said that the Egyptian museum’s soon to be established fourth location will help spark interest in the country’s ailing tourism sector, putting rare antiques and artifacts on public display. A number of Egypt’s hotels have established a donation program within their facilities to help fund the project, presenting tourists with the option to donate anywhere from $1-$7 to the project for each night at the hotel.
Abd al-Razaq al-Shuyakhi / Daily news Egypt