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Terrorism no long-term threat to Egypt

The Dahab terrorist attack, which killed 24 people at the Red Sea resort will have no long-term impact on Egypt's tourism industry, according to tour operators.

The Dahab terrorist attack, which killed 24 people at the Red Sea resort, will have no long-term impact on Egypt’s tourism industry, according to tour operators.

“Egypt has always bounced back from terrorist attacks; even after the Sharm al Sheikh bomb [last July], tourism returned to the resort,” said Gerard Rao, product manager, Middle East, Africa & Indian Ocean, Emirates Holidays.

“They had a problem for the first two or three months, but then things recovered. Egypt has that reputation of bouncing back pretty fast. It’s about how a destination goes about promoting itself and about what it has to offer.”

Egyptian holiday specialist, Cairo-based Dana Tours dismissed the bombings as an attack designed to scare Egypt’s government rather than a bid to wipe out tourism.
“I don’t think it will affect the travel industry in the long term at all,” said Ayah Berlin, the company’s tours co-ordinator supervisor. “Perhaps it will take one month to become stable and then it will carry on as it was before.”

The Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) had made no comment on the terrorist attack’s impact on inbound tourism as ATN went to press, but prior to the devastating blast, it had revealed ambitious plans to double visitor numbers from 8.6 million in 2005 to 16 million by 2014.

“Egypt has a thriving travel and tourism industry, accounting for 15% of total GDP and more than two million jobs. We are confident that, as [was the case] after last year’s attacks in Sharm El Sheikh, the [Egyptian] government will put in place policies to support and encourage the continued growth of the industry,” said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

“Although the short-term impact of these [recent] attacks on tourism in Egypt may be significant, the long-term outlook remains positive.”

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