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Published On: Fri, Jan 15th, 2016

Egypt allocates $31M to bolster tourists’ security

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TCP : The Egyptian government will develop a series of new measures to enhance security at archaeological sites and touristic resorts nationwide, Youm7 reported, citing a statement by Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou Thursday.

Minister Of Tourism Hisham Zaazou - YOUM7/Hussein Tallal

Minister Of Tourism Hisham Zaazou – YOUM7/Hussein Tallal

“The government intends to spend 250 million EGP ($31.2 million) on the latest CCTV cameras, X-ray machines, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs at all touristic destinations and hotels,” according to the statement.

The decision came after two hotels in Cairo and Hurghada were attacked by gunmen in January  2016, and is part of a comprehensive plan to revive Egypt’s tourism sector which has been suffering from ongoing shocks since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

“More security cameras are to be installed at roads and main squares of Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm Al Sheikh in order to compensate for the notable sharp decline in the hotel occupancy rates since the Russian airliner crashed over Sinai late October,” said Zaazou.

The new security system will integrate with the old one currently applied in tourist facilities, he added.

The number of tourists who had visited Egypt in November 2015 decreased by 37.8 percent compared with the same period in 2014, Egypt’s official statistical agency said in a statement Monday.

Egypt’s tourism sector represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP.

“Egypt was expected to receive 17 million tourists in 2015 but the number declined by approximately 47 percent due to terrorist attacks and consequent travel advices issued by several European countries,” Chairman of Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) Sami Mahmoud announced in a press conference late December.

The Cairo Post

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