ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Tourism in Alexandria stagnated over the last period, especially after the tourist bus explosion in Taba on Sunday Feb. 16, although the city has several famous tourist attractions such as the citadel and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Mohamed Youssef, head of the first tourist operator in Alexandria, told Youm7 Friday that after the Taba attack flight tickets to Egypt decreased by 50 percent after tourists were advised by their home countries not to travel to Egypt because of the bad security conditions.
Youssef said that most tourists visiting Alexandria come from East Asia and Europe, attributing the clear decrease in United States’ tourists to the political incidents. According to Youssef the governor of Alexandria is working on developing the city.
Carnivals and celebrations are useless as long as they do not reach overseas, he went on, saying that the solution is making the ministers of tourism and foreign affairs to talk to leaders abroad to clear the image in Egypt.
Alexandria Governor Tareq Mahdy organized the Alexandria Festival for Tourism and Security, which aimed to support tourism and assuring stability in Egypt.
The festival had several cars decorated with flowers, motorbikes and horse carts with Egypt and Alexandria flags. People with special needs, some artists, the Ministry of Culture and students of the Faculty of Fine Arts participated in the festival.
Originally published in Youm7.