Egypt's tourism minister plans to install webcams on popular beaches
to prove their safety and hopefully reignite the country's tourism
reports that Minister Hisham Zazou plans to combat the negative
perception that has surrounded the country since the Arab Spring
uprisings, arguing that the presence of webcams will entice potential
tourists by showing the beaches as safe: "This will give more
credibility... when [tourists] see it, they will come."
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.
Zazou is eager to convey that the violence associated with the uprisings
was limited to the capital 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.