All New Trends by Catagiri


The fringe of civil war has turned a sizzling tourist destination into a haunted town. The Red Sea Resort town should have been in its peak season but because of the failure of talks between the Israelis and Palestinians,it is not. Many Europeans, Scandinavians, Russians and U.K., usually encumbrance the towns' glittering casinos and dance clubs. Visitors marvel at the luxury hotels and come from near and far for its spectacular scuba diving. 

    But nothing seems to happen there right now.The reason being the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the country's first popularly elected president in post-revolution Egypt, has incensed his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and led to running battles in the streets of Cairo and the North Sinai.

    Sharm el Sheik, in the south of Sinai is quite safe from the violence because of extraordinary security. But the beaches are deserted and hotels are void. When the rest of the country runs back home at sunset, Sharm el Sheikh bar owners stand outside their hotels to canvas their business.
    Abu Hassan Yestawi, a shop owner from the southern Egyptian town of Aswan, says he is very terrified for the country's economic health. "No one buys any more" - he says speaking for other shop owners. Egyptians criticize the problem on attitude. 
Many European tour companies, being scared about the law suits, are giving their customers a 120% refund to stay home, annoying the Egyptian tourism. 
    But the tourists who are there in Egypt right now are well aware of the tough time of the Egyptians and are eager to share their positive experiences. "You've only got to look at us to see we're getting color and are enjoying it," said Sylvia Sherin, a 75-year-old British tourist visiting Sharm el Sheikh for the second time.

     Many report that most of the foreign tourists have been to the Red Sea before and understand that it is an isolated haven away from the frightening images of the capital. Sherin said that she had to re-plan her itinerary because it included a tour of the Valley of the Kings and St. Katherine's monastery, due to security reasons. She has limited her trip to the Red Sea.

     Tourism, an industry that used to account for 11% of GDP, has been in recession in Egypt since the outbreak in 2011 January which led to the ouster of then President Hosni Mubarak.