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Egypt tourism minister calms safety fears

Egypt tourism minister calms safety fears
27 May 2014

The tourism industry in Egypt has taken a major hit in recent years due to the ongoing concerns emanating from the Arab Spring of 2011, which attracted headlines all over the world.

This led to a drop in visitor numbers, with overseas travellers fearing their own safety in light of the political unrest.

In recent times, however, these fears have begun to subside and tourists are once more considering Egypt as a possible holiday destination.

And this issue is set to come under even sharper focus in the coming weeks, as a presidential election will be taking place, meaning that the eyes of the Western world will once again descend on the north African state.

But according to the country’s tourism minister, overseas visitors have absolutely nothing to fear over the coming weeks, saying that all of the major destinations are safe and sound.

Hisham Zazou, the minister, observed that some media reports have been overly negative and give a distorted impression of what life is really like inside Egypt, especially in the tourism hotspots.

He added: "You should avoid all rallies and marches. There will be heavy security in place on polling days. Take extra care near polling stations, avoiding them where possible.

“During a nationwide referendum in January 2014 British nationals and other foreigners were arrested near polling stations. Don’t take photographs near polling stations.”

What’s more, the Foreign Office said that enhanced security measures are now in place in Hurghada, a Red Sea resort just outside of the Sinai peninsula.

“Egyptian military are situated in and around Hurghada international airport,” the government added.

Egypt has been a particularly popular destination with British holidaymakers over the last few years and despite the ongoing political uncertainty in this part of the world, the warm weather and historic landmarks mean that it remains an attraction.ADNFCR-408-ID-801723272-ADNFCR

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