Monday, January 9, 2012

Egypt Might Ban Beer, Bikinis and Beach Parties

If Egyptian Islamist politicians have their way, sunbathing at Egypt’s top class resorts may soon become a thing of the past!

Almost 10 per cent of the country’s GDP comes from the tourism sector and the country really cannot afford to hamper its prospects as a top holiday resort. Each year, millions of travellers book advance tickets to bag cheap flights to Egypt, enamoured by the region’s incredible natural beauty.

People book cheap flights to Egypt to travel to sea resorts like Luxor, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh for enthralling beach fun. But it seems that the revelries and festivities just might have to stop at these resorts. Given the political unrest in the country, tourism is already suffering and with the prospect of potential ban on bikinis and beer it sure is going to take a nose dive.

With the Islamic parties gaining majority of votes, all the resorts and hotels in the country may undergo severe changes that may shrink the number of tourists booking flights to plan holiday trip to Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party is calling for 'sin-free' tourism in Egypt whereas the ultra-traditionalist Salafi Muslims` Al-Nour party wants to inflict strict Islamic law in Egypt that includes prohibition of alcohol and mixed bathing.

It appears that Egypt tourism will face severe hindrances in the coming months. Any sort of ban on tourist centric activities will certainly result in a huge drop in the number of travellers planning air travel to Egypt and landing at the country’s major airports.

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