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Mediterranean states mull ways to draw tourists back

By AFP DJERBA: Mediterranean states opened a conference Monday on the future of tourism in the region, in a bid to claw back market share lost because of the Arab Spring uprisings and the European debt crisis. “Besides the economic crisis in the origin countries, the ongoing political changes in North African and Middle East …


No quick revival seen for Egypt, Tunisia tourism

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan / Reuters BERLIN: Egypt and Tunisia are unlikely to see tourism — a vital prop for their battered economies — revive anytime soon as holidaymakers continue to shun North African destinations a year after the “Arab Spring” revolutions. Bookings to the two countries collapsed last year after popular uprisings across …


Egypt expects tourist numbers up despite clashes

DUBAI: Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism hopes to see a recovery in tourist numbers to between 12 and 13 million this year, bringing in $11 billion, despite ongoing street violence and more than 70 deaths after a football match riot last week. Last year’s popular uprising, which forced out president Hosni Mubarak, brought much of Egypt’s …


Fears for tourism as Islamists verge on victory

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: On a barren hill in Sharm El-Sheikh, not far from the famous beach resorts with their bikini-clad patrons, Islamist activist Ahmed Saber ponders the fate of revealing swimwear if his party comes to power. The swimsuit has been at the center of a growing debate over the Islamists’ plans for tourism, one of …


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