Egypt promises security for tourists
CAIRO: Egypt’s President Muhammed Mursi has pledged to guarantee security for tourists.
“After the revolution, Egyptians are intent on assuring security for all visitors,” the president said on a visit to Luxor in southern Egypt, quoted by the MENA news agency. “Egypt is safer than before and open to all, and Luxor will remain the capital of tourism and antiquities."
Mursi promised tourists visiting the temples of Luxor and Karnak “to make every effort to prevent anything that could damage tourism again.”
“Here, you have security. Move around freely and make the most of Egypt’s climate and ancient civilization. We will do everything possible to ensure you enjoy your stay in Egypt,” he said, voicing optimism for the winter season.
Tourism, one of the main sources of Egypt’s revenue and employment, was badly hit during and after the popular uprising which ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. However, the sector has been recovering with the number of tourists rising 32 percent in the first quarter of 2012, industry officials said, as compared to the same period last year.
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Despite the recovery, the first-quarter figures were a sharp 27.8 percent lower than those registered in the same period of 2010. The recovery has been faster in Sinai and at the Red Sea resorts.
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