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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tourism is stable in Egypt for now, despite tourist killings in Hurghada -Reuters

Tourism is stable in Egypt despite the latest killing of two German tourists in Hurghada, Ehab Farouk writes for Reuters. No bookings were canceled in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, or Luxor, says Red Sea Tourism Investment Association head Hisham Ali. But it could be too early to judge: The impact could show in new bookings within two weeks, says Red Sea Tour Companies Chamber member Bishoy Shawki. Separately, Russian diplomats are following up on the health situation of Russian citizen Yelena Mikhailenko, who was wounded in the attack in Hurghada, TASS reports. “She was reported to have minor injuries that are not life-threatening,” says the Russian Defense Ministry.

Meanwhile, Red Sea resorts will no longer be allowed to rent rooms on a day-use basis or cater to non-resident guests, after evidence revealed that the assailant had purchased a day pass to enter the beach on the day of the incident, Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah decided on Monday, AMAY says.

In related news, the Chinese embassy issued a warning for tourists in Egypt after the attack, urging them not to travel alone or visit unofficial tourist sites, Times Beijing reports.

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