Egypt tour guides protest poor security

2012-09-09 22:15

Cairo - Egypt's tour guides are rallying to protest the lack of security at tourist attractions, claiming they are attacked by souvenir vendors and unlicensed competitors fighting for turf at famed sites like the Valley of the Kings tombs in Luxor or Cairo's medieval citadel.

Tourism, a top foreign currency earner, has suffered from the turmoil following the 2011 uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Faten Abou Ali, a spokesperson for the guides' union, says President Mohammed Morsi's new government is not paying attention to the industry.

About 150 guides gathered outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum on Sunday. A spokesperson for the guides, Gladys Haddad, says 40 attacks against guides were recorded over the last year, including harassment of women.

Tourism officials could not immediately be reached for comment.