Will the Hurghada stabbing incident further affect tourism in Egypt?

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Egypt’s Ministers of Tourism and Health recently visited the tourists who were injured in the stabbing incident that took place in Hurghada last Friday in order to check on their health condition.

Tourism Minister Yahia Rashid said that the Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed Emad Eldin was following the patients closely and that he offered to host them in a hotel in Cairo after leaving the hospital so that they may complete their vacation in Egypt.

The question now arises: Would the incident affect the inflows and tourist bookings coming to Egypt, especially that the tourism sector just started its path to relative recovery given the number of tourists increased since the crash of the Russian plane over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015.

Tourism expert Essam Ali told Al Arabiya that he does not think so, because the following days after the incident large number of tourists were still visiting Egypt, especially to Hurghada city. Most of them, according to Ali, come from Germany, adding that the mountain safaris, diving and tourism trips are going on normally without any change.

The tourist expert added that these incidents will not stop Egypt from restoring its tourism status as it was earlier in 2010 the peak year of the industry. “The actions carried out by the state through its campaign launched in 26 countries exporting tourism began to be fruitful, in addition to the campaign launched by the Egyptian government on Expedia the international website since last March till the coming September, and the “Trip” website, also opening an office in the Czech Republic to be a promoter and supervisor of 9 international countries, in order to promote and increase the number of tourists during the coming period, all these factors and actions confirm that it is difficult for the accident of Hurghada to impact tourism in Egypt,” he said.

He pointed out that the accidents are not limited to Egypt only, but we have seen in other countries like Turkey, Russia, Germany, England and Italy; it is a global phenomenon occurs everywhere and every when, stressing that tourism is recovering in Egypt and with the return of Russian flights as expected we can say that Egypt is on the way to recover rapidly in the tourism sector.

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