A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Cruising the Nile, Egypt
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
14th February 2013
Egypt's tourism minister plans to install webcams on popular beaches to prove their safety
Minister Hisham Zazou plans to install webcams on the country's most popular beaches in a bid to reignite the tourism industry. Home to the iconic pyramids and popular resorts on the shores of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, the country has long been a popular destination with travellers.
However, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the number of tourists visiting the country has dropped by as many as 2 million since 2010. This decrease is due to the violent uprisings associated with the Arab Spring, and continued revolts against the current political party, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.
Minister Zazou plans to combat this negative perception, arguing that the presence of webcams will entice potential visitors by showing the beaches are safe: "This will give more credibility... when [tourists] see it, they will come."
Hisham Zazou is eager to convey that the violence associated with the uprisings is limited to the capital city, Cairo. According to Zazou, this 'one square kilometer in downtown Cairo' should not deter potential visitors from the other established attractions the rest of the country has on offer.
Despite the minister for tourism's plans, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns against travel to some areas of Egypt citing a "threat from terrorism." According to the office, a "high risk of attacks" remains, despite tight security through the country.
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login or get more from Wanderlust - register today!
Sharm El Shiekh is no longer safe!!! I would advise NOONE to visit until the police force has taken back control of Naama Bay!!! After a good night in the club Pacha in Naama Bay myself, my brother, cousin and 2 friends from England were attacked by 30+ egyptians, my brothers head was kicked in, cousin had a shisha glass smashed on his head and needed stitches and friends were injured badly we were lucky to get away alive! The guys were shouting were Egyptian and there was no police in sight for the whole 5-10 minutes we were being attacked!!! Yes this happen on Naama bay the famous strip only a couple of guys helped stop these thugs!! The police came and put us in two taxi's to the local hospital (which we had to pay for) then another taxi to the police station where reports were taken for 4 hours!!!
Egypt travel guide, including map of Egypt, top Egypt experiences, tips for Egypt travel, when to visit Egypt, Pyramids, tombs, temples, diving, beach
Winner of Best Travel TV Show in the Reader Travel Awards 2014, Simon Reeve talks to Wanderlust about buying fake Somali passports, getting malaria and eating penis soup
The much-missed Nile route between Luxor and Cairo has finally reopened – and a long cruise via its ancient tombs and winding souks shows Middle Egypt is back
Any trip down the eponymously renowned river that flows through the heart of Egypt makes you feel like you're a world – and an age – away
The Egyptian government has taken steps to reassure travellers, following months of political unrest in the country, arguing now is the perfect time to visit
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has ceased to advise against travel to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and to the pyramids at Giza
A limestone carving of Tutankhamun's sister, one of six daughters of Pharaoh Akhenaten, was among hundreds of objects stolen from Egypt's Malawi Antiquities Museum
Simply select the destination you’re interested in or the activities you’re looking
for and we’ll send your request to a select panel of tour operators.
Each operator will respond to your request individually. Your details remain private
and are not disclosed to any partners unless you decide to proceed with a booking.
10% off natural mosquito repellent from incognito
SAVE 10% online with Rohan
Save up to £600 per couple on a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica with Llama Travel
Wanderlust sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web
exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!
I have read and agree to the Terms &
Where in the world are you? Add
#wanderlustmag to your tweets and share your latest travel adventures with
fellow Wanderlusters on wanderlust.co.uk
Get to know Wanderlust on facebook and bring all your travel-minded friends, too