Egyptian tourism authorities have sought to reassure travelers about the future of the country as a holiday destination, despite fears of a crackdown on the sale of alcohol and calls for segregated beaches. Extremists within the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which possesses a parliamentary majority and has strong links to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, have demanded a ban on the sale of alcohol across the country, while calls have also been made for Egypt’s beaches to be segregated by sex and for revealing swimwear to be outlawed.
Last week Mohamed Morsi’s FJP received a quarter of the votes in the country’s first presidential elections since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and a run-off for the presidency between Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, who was a prime minister under Mubarak, is due to take place on June 16 and 17.
It is now feared that the election of Morsi could see such policies put in place, but representatives from the country’s tourism industry said any changes would face opposition.
“These calls are just rhetoric, it is an attempt to win votes. These people can say and promise what they want but they will not deliver anything,” said Omayma El Husseini, director of the Egyptian Tourist Office.