22 April, 2011

A Message From The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Hundreds of tour guides gathered Monday at the nearly deserted Great Pyramid of Giza near Cairo.  Their message written on banners in English, French, German and Russian: "Egypt loves you."

Egypt's crucial tourism industry draws 14.7 million visitors a year, accounts for one out of every eight jobs and represents 11% of the nation's economic output. But it has collapsed in the wake of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Egyptian vice president Omar Suleiman estimated tourism-related losses at $1 billion during the first nine days of protests, which have coincided with the country's peak winter season. And ElSayed Khalifa, director of the Egyptian Tourism Authority in New York, said Monday that the economic impact from canceled U.S. trips could top $50 million by the end of April. A record 361,000 Americans visited last year, a 12.5% boost from 2009 and the sixth year-over-year increase.

 The Giza pyramids and temples in Luxor and Aswan are open in the wake of Mubarak's departure, and several governments eased their travel warnings to reflect the fact that Sharm el-Sheikh and other Red Sea resorts on the Sinai Peninsula have remained largely isolated from the country's political turmoil.

We have a tour planned in October to Egypt. Come join us and support the people of Egypt. http://www.spirit-tour.com/egypt.html
Jim Cramer

1 comment:

  1. Over the table, on which an unpacked line of fabric samples was all spread out -- Samsa was a traveling salesman -- hung the picture which he had recently cut out of a glossy magazine and lodged in a pretty gilt frame. It showed a lady done up in a fur hat and a fur boa, sitting upright and raising up against the viewer a heavy fur muff in which her whole forearm had disappeared.
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