Friday, 27 May 2011
A representative of the Egyptian government has reacted angrily to rumours that it plans to enforce a dress code upon tourists visiting the country. It has been reported in some Russian media that Hurghada residents have demanded that tourists be forbidden from wearing shorts, swimsuits and miniskirts in the city's streets.
The spokesman said 'this is not true and this issue has not be considered. This is a stupid and unbelievable story.'
Stories such as this could be damaging to Egypt's fragile economy where tourism accounts for more than 11% of Egypt's GDP, 40% of the country's non commodity exports and over 19% of foreign currency revenues.
Over 10% of Egypt's labour force is also employed in the tourism industry.
Posted by Tom Warsop at 16:07