Report on the status of tourism in Egypt after the revolution

Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) (Reuters) - Poetry Mina George - who was an employee in a hotel - very happy when a popular uprising overthrew Egypt, but since the President to stop the influx of tourists started to decline before the joy of fear and despair.
George lost his job in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea and resorted to borrowing from his friends to meet living expenses.
Said George (33 years) "a great revolution, but painful ... and faced many difficult times with myfriends Tsrihna from work because of weak activity
The Pyramids of Giza to the Red Sea resorts down the numbers of tourists, which dealt a severe blow to the face of millions of Egyptians who depend for their livelihoods on the expenditure of some 14 million tourists were visiting the country.
At the height of the popular uprising that lasted 18 days and toppled President Hosni Mubarak, embassies issued travel warnings and canceled many flights from tourism companies, which made the sector, which is a major source of foreign currency is facing a crisis.
And two months after the chaos subsided to a large extent and returned most of the police force after it was abandoned during their protests and warnings fell from traveling.
But the number of tourists are no longer so far to the previous rates and the expected decline in the Egyptian Minister of Tourism sector revenues in 2011 increased by 25 percent compared with the previous year.
Said Omar Mohammed Saeed (59 years), who owns a shop selling handicrafts of copper in the Khan al-Khalili market in Islamic Cairo Home "I can barely remember a single tourist entry to the store recently."
He was happy already suffering before the uprising because the number of Western tourists declined because of the global economic crisis. He said the higher revenue achieved in a single day since the protests is a thousand pounds (168 dollars) and added that he had asked his employees to reduce working days to be able to pay their salaries.
Says Ahmed Salama - who owns a souvenir shop in Cairo provides a livelihood for four families - it is struggling to feed his wife and three children from low income.
And adds safety (36 years) "'ve had no sale since the revolution .. I sit all day in the shop and watch TV. "
When the Pyramids of Giza - The most famous tourist attraction in the country and who is keen visitors to Cairo to view it - a rare Western tourists, although the month of April is a major tourist months.
With the lack of potential customers seems to be street vendors and unlicensed tour guides, who are spread in the famous landmarks in Egypt focused on money tourists.
A group of German tourists visited the pyramids and the French police recently that tourism merely watching while pursued by a group of vendors about where they are competing for their attention.
He said a German tourist named Alex, "one of them pushed to the mailbox of the drink my hand and asked me to pay for it."
With the approach of the hot summer tourism officials in hopes of a recovery starting from September. But Brigadier General Mohammad Almqati Assistant Secretary General for the security of tourism in the Arab League said that this depends on the security situation.
And political turmoil subsided but still visible army vehicles in some streets and embassies warn their citizens now of increasing acts of banditry and robbery and extortion in Egypt.
In Sharm el-Sheikh, which has barely a whiff of the protests that rocked the capital and other cities in Egypt, traders sit in front of Mottaghmin souvenir shops empty on both sides of the aisle Naama Bay, which has become almost deserted and the old market.
The tight security measures still active in the Egyptian resort on the Red Sea since a string of bombings in 2005 killed more than 80 people, mostly Egyptian. The members of the police and security guards patrolling the resort and using metal detectors and X-ray devices like those found in airports to scan arriving.
And now sits Mubarak - who transformed the city into a major tourist destination - in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh. Some residents said his presence in the city has become a burden.
Jalal al-August (33 years), a shop owner "Tourists come to Sharm to spend a good time ... you can not relax in the presence of Mubarak and the specter hangs over the Sharm el-demonstrations."
Despite this bleak picture said Hala al-Khatib Secretary General of the room facilities that the hotel occupancy rate of hotels in the entire country fell by only 15 percent in April compared with the year-ago levels.
She added that the occupancy rate of hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh recovered to 32 percent by mid-April from 11 percent after the protests began on 25 January.
However, this ratio is less than 75 percent taking place in hotels at the resort is usually at this time of year.
However this is still an aura optimistic and says that the parameters of the uprising - such as Tahrir Square in Cairo, which has become world famous as a platform for protests - are appearing in some tourism programs.
She added, "security is improving day by day. People have a different vision for Egypt .. Have a more positive vision. Want to include (field) in the liberation of their program.


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