Egypt: bikinis welcome, booze still served

Egypt needs more tourists, minister says

Egypt welcomes visitors who wear bikinis and drink alcohol, the tourism minister of the once thriving travel destination says. The Islamist-led country is aiming to increase tourist arrivals by at least a fifth this year, hence the minister’s all-inclusively welcoming tones.
A pillar of the Egyptian economy, tourism has suffered in recent years. But the government now has “optimistic goals” for the sector, minister Hisham Zaazou said, despite calls from Egypt’s Salafi Muslim groups for a ban on alcohol and women wearing swimsuits.
“Bikinis are welcome in Egypt and booze is still being served”, Zaazou told a news conference in English. “We had talks with these Salafi groups and now they understand the importance of the tourism sector. But still you have some individuals that are not from the leadership saying these things.”
In the first quarter of 2013, around three million tourists visited Egypt, a 14.6% rise from the same period in 2012, according to government figures.
The Guardian

x

Check Also

Emirates, Ryanair, Flybe, Austrian, Virgin, British Airways, easyjet, American Airlines, airlines, load factor, PLF, fullest, planes, aircraft, environment, business, profit

Airlines with best and worst load factor

Flying planes full makes airlines far more profitable, and it’s better for the environment.

Svart, hotel, Svartisen, environment, energy positive, carbon neutral, glacier, Bodo, Norway, stay, circular, Snøhetta, design, architecture

World’s first energy-positive Arctic Hotel

A Nordic firm of architects has designed a future hotel that will produce more energy than it uses.

Delta, airlines, United, American Airlines, pay, pilots, bonus, wage, profit share, usa, captains

Airline gives employees $1.1bn

Delta Airlines is being generous, and people working for its competitors are not too happy.

Avinor, Oslo, airport, Gardermoen, ski, equipment, baggage, rules, dates, busiest, winter holiday, fly

Busiest winter dates to fly from Oslo

Hundreds of thousands of passengers will be using Oslo Gardermoen in the next couple of weeks.

Deutsche Bahn, DB, delay, storm, compensation, passengers, stranded, climate change, Spiegel, trees, branches

Deutsche Bahn “twists” climate change

German media accuse rail operator of exploiting climate change to avoid blame for delays.

Hoseasons, sale, Wyndham, rentals, holiday, vacation, business, M&A, hotel, Europe, private equity, James Villa Holidays, cottages.com, Landal GreenParks, Novasol

Wyndham sells European business

The US hospitality giant sells its European business to a private equity firm for $1.3 billion.