Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou issued aid worth LE3 million to those affected by the tourism downturn in Luxor and Aswan governorates during his visit to Luxor.
Zazou emphasized that the number of tourists coming to Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada declined by 25 percent compared to the same period last year, since the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and al-Nahda square sit-ins.
Tourism as a whole in Egypt fell by 80 percent, Zaazou added.
According to Zaazou, the conditions in Luxor got worse, especially after the one-day trips coming from the Red Sea cities stopped.
Zaazou, however, expressed optimism that the crisis would ease soon.
Zaazou said he would remain in Luxor to receive a high-level German delegation, including media personnel and politicians, before inviting German tourists to Egypt again.
Zaazou said the minister of aviation agreed on domestic flights between Luxor and Hurghada.
Zaazou mentioned that he agreed to the Chamber of Tourism Companies' request in Luxor to have a branch in the London tourism stock exchange.