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Monday, December 24, 2012
Egypt: Luxor hotel occupancy down to 20%

Luxor hotel occupancy down to 20%
Al-Masry Al-Youm Mon, 24/12/2012 - 15:19
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/luxor-hotel-occupancy-down-20

A US delegation of tourism company managers arrived Monday to Luxor, Upper
Egypt, as part of the governorate’s effort to boost tourism as hotel
occupancy dipped to 20 percent.

Nagwa al-Baron, a tourism expert, told German news agency DPA that hotel
occupancy had dropped from 70 percent to 20 percent because of the political
situation in Egypt.

DPA said the delegation was accompanied by 150 US tourists who are planning
to spend their Christmas vacation viewing monuments and sites in the
governorate.

Mohamed Osman, a tourism expert, said this is the first time US tourists
have visited Luxor in such numbers, noting that the visit aims to test the
security situation in Egypt before bringing more tourists.

Tharwat Agamy, who chairs the chamber of tourism and travel agents, said
political instability had a negative impact on incoming tourism, and has
caused an early failure for the Christmas season as Egyptian companies have
received requests to cancel reservations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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