Abdel Nour commented that "it is the media that has created the perception that there is danger, concentrating on bad news and looking for sensationalism, but outside of the square kilometres around Tahrir Square, everything is safe and calm".
The fact that remains that 50% fewer Italian tourists visited the country last year, perhaps in part as a result of the financial crisis. Speaking ahead of the BIT Tourism Show at Fieramilano, where Egypt has a major promotional stand, the minister was keen to reassure potential travellers after the sector's turnover fell from 12.5 to 9 billion dollars in 2011.
For the next few years, Abdel Nour said, "we have very ambitious plans: attracting 30 million tourists by 2017, and investing to increase the capacity of airports, ports and hotels". (ANSAmed).