The tourism ministry of Egypt has said that the country is running normally and has reassured travellers planning to visit that it is “business as usual” in Egypt. The need for the ministry to reassure hesitant travellers has come due to the ongoing civil and political unrest in the country.
In the last few years there have been a number of protests and riots that have made some holiday goers uneasy about travelling to Egypt, notably the Arab Spring riots and also the demonstrations against a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad earlier this year. These events have led to many tourists asking whether Egypt is a safe place to visit, so the tourism ministry is aiming to stamp out any doubts people may have.
A statement from the ministry for tourism said that it wants to “reassure its international tourism partners as well as its guests that these political developments do not affect services rendered to tourists and that business is as usual where Egyptians are keen to welcome their guests throughout the country." Despite doubts from some travellers, tourist arrivals from January through to September were up 20 per cent compared with 2011.
Tourism minister Hisham Zaazou has stated that he is confident he can increase the number of visitors in Egypt from a projected 12 million in 2012 to 15 million in 2013. Further developments for tourism expected in the coming years, such as the much anticipated return of The Nile river cruise after a 15 year break, are hoped to boost tourism further.