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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Business Insider highlights plight (and creativity) of Egypt tourism industry workers

Business Insider highlights plight (and creativity) of tourism industry workers: A struggling souvenir salesman being overly zealous in his trade caught the attention of Business Insider’s Harrison Jacobs, who used the incident (and as a typical khawaja, he had to document on camera) to discuss the struggles of those who have worked in the tourism industry. He notes that while the tourism industry has seen a recovery this past year, it is not picking up fast enough for some workers. Some of them have had to get creative, including renting out feluccas to chase tourists on Nile cruises.

Also getting traction in the foreign press:

  • The Economist is the latest to raise doubts about the new administrative capital’s ability to attract residents.
  • The case of the homophobic TV host criminalized for interviewing a homo[redacted] man exposes the way religious populism, conservatism and nationalism tap into “a seemingly obsessive public outcry over profane issues,” argues The Independent.
  • The president’s decision to paint Egypt’s red-brick buildings is under criticism from local residents, who say the move should be lower on our list of priorities, according to Arab News.
  • Egypt is “stonewalling” Italy’s efforts to close the case of Giulio Regeni, who was murdered in Cairo, says the Guardian.

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