Save Tourism in Egypt

Contest Info

  • Started: 2/3/2011 08:10
  • Ended: 2/6/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 21
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Save Tourism in Egypt
Contest Directions: The recent riots and political uncertainty in Egypt have been having the most dramatic impact on the Egypt's biggest industry - tourism. Most flights to/from Egypt are cancelled, and tourist agencies all over the world stopped selling vacation tours to Egypt. Egypt's economy became dependent on tourism since the early 19th century - with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt interest in Egyptology surged and this fascination laid the foundations for the modern tourism industry in the country. Over 16 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010 bringing over $14 billion in revenues. Over 4 million Egyptians work in the tourism industry, and most of them will lose their jobs, unless the current situation in Egypt stabilizes soon.
To save the Egyptian tourism industry photoshop creative tourism posters and tourism ads, inviting people to visit Egypt these days.

Contest Info

    • Started: 2/3/2011 08:10
    • Ended: 2/6/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 21
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
21 pictures
  • Ride Like an Egyptian

    Ride Like an Egyptian
  • Mubarak Riding a Rocket

    Mubarak Riding a Rocket
  • Hotdogs at the Pyramids

    Hotdogs at the Pyramids
  • Visit Egypt

    Visit Egypt
  • Fly Egypt Airlines with Mubarak

    Fly Egypt Airlines with Mubarak
  • Egyptian Tourisim

    Egyptian Tourisim
  • Beautiful Egypt

    Beautiful Egypt
  • Pharoah Mubarak

    Pharoah Mubarak
  • Aliens Abducting the Sphinx

    Aliens Abducting the Sphinx
  • Egypt Closed for Remodeling

    Egypt Closed for Remodeling
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This contest is fueled by the following news: In connection to a sharp decline in revenue, particularly from tourism, one of the leading industries of Egypt, the government of the country approached the African Development Bank (AfDB) for financial help, reports Reuters. According to the report, the bank's management and representatives of the Government of Egypt are now negotiating on an amount to loan, which could support the country's economy and reforms launched in 2004. The amount of any loan is not made public. Egyptian authorities mark that, compared to the 10% growth in 2007-2008; a significant downslide is witnessed in various industries including tourism. The revenue from tourism, which along with the Suez Canal, is a major source of foreign exchange earnings in the country, fell by 17.3% for the January - March period when compared to the same period last year, although January - March is considered to be a peak season and traditionally considered to be highly profitable in terms of in-coming tourists. The drop in tourism for the three months of 2009 does not appear to be surprising for the tour operators. The dip in the interest towards Egypt was actually noticeable by the end of last year. "Firstly, a dramatic drop in demand was due to the economic crisis, the scale of which was unclear till December 2008, moreover, holidaying prices in Egypt appeared overpriced, leading to an outflow of tourists from this direction" - it reported. Egypt (Arabic: مصر), official name: Arab Republic of Egypt (Arabic: جمهورية مصر العربية) is a state in north-eastern part of Africa and on the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt shares borders with Israel, Palestinian National Authority (Gaza sector), Sudan and Libya. In the north of the territory, Egypt is washed by the Mediterranean Sea and in the east by the Red Sea. Both the seas are connected through an artificially constructed Suez Canal. The climate of Egypt is generally a tropical desert climate and Egypt is part of the Sahara Desert. Summers are very hot and the mercury level can rise up to 50oC in the shade but the nights are always much cooler, the diurnal temperature differences are very high and inter-seasonal fluctuation is less. On the seas, temperature fluctuations during the days and interseasonal fluctuations are much less. Winters are much cooler, and the daytime temperature in January typically varies from 20 - 25 C. Nights are cold with the average temperature being 10 C but slight frosts (down to -5oC) are witnessed in the deserts. Economy: Advantages: The tourism infrastructure is well-developed. There are remittances from citizens working abroad. There is a duty for transportation of cargo through the Suez Canal. Agricultural production, particularly cotton is high (in the global production of cotton, Egypt's share is about 3%). In agriculture, cotton, rice, corn, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are cultivated; cattle are also reared. Weaknesses: A dependence on imports. Threats due to terrorism have caused a temporary decline in tourism revenues. In 2009, tourism earnings dropped once again, this time due to the crisis. Geographical data: Egypt has borders on the west with Libya, in the south with Sudan, in the east with Palestinian National Authority, Israel and it also has a maritime boundary with Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The artificially made Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas, thus opening up shortest way from Atlantic to Indian Ocean, belongs to Egypt. One of the two longest rivers in the world, the Nile, flows along the territory of Egypt from south to north. Minerals: Egyptian soils have reserves of oil, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, limestone, manganese, zinc and lead. Inland waters: The River Nile - one of longest rivers in the world (6.671 km). This great river became the cradle of civilization in the region. Soil and vegetation About 96% of the country is desert and only 4% is for the delta and valley of the Nile River. Fauna: For fauna, the following are characteristic for Egypt: gazelle, fox, jerboa, hyena, jackal, hippo, crocodile, and a huge number of birds, insects, lizards and snakes. Tourism is one of the major revenue generating industries of Egypt. Therefore, the government strongly promotes the development of this industry. Resorts are built and modernised on coasts in resort cities - Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, etc. Numerous representatives of Tourism and Antiquities Police are found on every street. Their mission - to help and assist the visitors in every possible way and the police are successfully addressing the duties. Monuments of different eras and civilizations are found in Egypt: Ancient-Egyptian, Christian (Coptic) and medieval Arabic. The most visited places of interests are: Ancient Egyptian necropolis (Pyramids of Giza and other, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens in Luxor, Tombs of the Nobles). The Pharaoh's temples, especially in Luxor and Abu Simbel. Medieval monuments - Islamic and Old Cairo. Numerous resorts for diving, surfing and similar hobbies are located on the Red and Mediterranean Seas. The characteristic feature of the Egyptian tourism industry is the communication with local's citizens. The adopted style of bargaining, imposing their services and asking for baksheesh (tips) often catches newcomers by surprise. Interestingly, tried and tested methods of cheating are very often used on tourists and the knowledge of which makes it much easier to travel across the country.