Yemen makes a name region-wide

Regional tourism to Yemen, particularly from Egypt, is on the rise, according to Yemeni travel professionals. Inbound tourism is being driven by an increased awareness of Yemen’s cultural and historical attributes, national carrier Yemen Airways, has claimed.

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By  Joseph Mortimer Published  September 28, 2006

Regional tourism to Yemen, particularly from Egypt, is on the rise, according to Yemeni travel professionals. Inbound tourism is being driven by an increased awareness of Yemen’s cultural and historical attributes, national carrier Yemen Airways, has claimed. “There are a lot of Egyptian workers in Yemen that travel back and forth on visits home,” said Abdul Khaliq Ali Abdo, Cairo area manager, Yemen Airways. “Regionally, people are visiting the beaches and going diving around the coral reefs.” The carrier operates daily flights from Yemen to Cairo, and services from Sana’a fly direct to all major capitals in the Middle East. “Yemen is like an open museum,” said Anees A Ba-Haretha, general director, Yemen General Tourism Development Authority. “The historical cities and forts appeal to a large number of visitors, but we’re also making a name for ourselves for eco-tourism and medical tourism.” He also quoted the city of Hajarin as a must see; with it’s six-storey mud brick skyscrapers, it is the “Manhattan of Yemen”, he claimed. Yemen currently attracts individuals and small groups from Germany, Italy, France, and the UK, and a few from the US, according to Ba-Haretha. He is now looking at ways to facilitate travel between Yemen and South Africa. The recent kidnapping of four French tourists at gunpoint in the South East of Yemen would not impact inbound tourism to the country, Ba-Haretha claimed.

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