An influential report by the World Economic Forum has potential to deliver big blow to Egypt tourism. This report rates Egypt below countries like Pakistan, Chad and Yemen for safety and security.
This report has potentially hamper the efforts of Egyptian government to revive tourism in the country following the Arab uprising. Its been two years since the pro democracy movement ousted Hosni Mubarak but there is little change on the ground.
Political unrest, gunfire and tear gas firing have become common in various places across the country. Communal tensions between Muslims and Christians are also creating trouble for the security conditions in the country.
Therefore there is little wonder that Egypt has been flaked in the security report but to be ranked below countries like Pakistan is a huge blow for tourism industry. It will further dent the confidence of tourists to spend vacation in Egypt.
Kidnapping for British tourists and chaos created at the Intercontinental hotel in Cairo has few examples of how bad situation is in Egypt. Currently Egypt is ranked at the bottom of the list on 140 rank over security and safety conditions.
However not everyone agrees with the report of World Economic Forum. Some local tour operators believe that media has hyped the situation beyond actual ground reality. Media is not bothered to show anything else apart from the Tahrir Square to paint Egypt as a dangerous country.
Nobody is talking about Red Sea Resorts and how situation is different there in comparison to Cairo and some other places. Some people also point out that United States don't have any travel advisory for the country. This gives clear indication that situation isn't as bad as made out to be.
tags: Egypt Tourism, Arab Uprising, Hosni Mubarak, Red Sea Resorts, Tahrir Square