Tourism Management in Egypt

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Tourism Management in Egypt "With combined receipts making up approximately 5% of GDP or over $4 billion annually," the tourism sector constitutes one of the most important sectors in Egypt ("Egypt Report"). Having one third of the monuments and antiquities in the world including temples, museums and ancient castles that date back to different eras and civilizations, Egypt is supposed to be one of the most distinguished tourism destinations in the world.


While France is ranked as the 1st with over 81 million tourists visiting the country every year, and Mexico is ranked as 10th attracting 22 million tourists a year, Egypt is attracting only 8 million tourists. These statistics reflect the fact that Egypt is not successful in manipulating all the factors that may enable the country to be one of the top tourism destinations in the world. The attitude of low class Egyptians towards tourists, the destruction of the environment, and the lack of effective publicity campaigns are the main problems, which hider the development of the tourism sector in Egypt, requiring extensive efforts to be done from the government in order to revive this sector. The first problem that the tourism sector in Egypt faces is the attitude of the low class citizens towards tourists. This sort of problem can be observed in almost any place where tourists exist in Egypt. Harassment is the clearest annoyance directed towards tourists by many Egyptians. For example, tourists are always victims of over pricing by many shop owners and vendors in tourist places. ...
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