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Friday, August 26, 2005

Tourists go back to Sharm el-Sheik

Egypt's tourist industry in general, the country's No. 1 source of foreign currency, has not collapsed as it did in 1997 when Islamic terrorists shot dead 58 people at a Pharaonic temple in the southern town of in Luxor.
"We have really bounced back," said Werner Gessner, the general manager of the Sonesta Beach Resort and Casino, which has filled 87 percent of its 520 rooms. "It is remarkable that we're recouping so quickly."
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In part, the favorable numbers are due to deals that Sharm hotels and other outlets quickly started offering after the attacks. But another reason is simply that, with terrorists attacking in so many places, tourists have become less fearful.

(Source: JPost)