Tourist board keen for visitors to go beyond Giza

With visitors returning to the country in their droves, the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) is keen to point out that there is much more to the African nation than just pyramids.

According to the latest figures, Egypt welcomed some 753,000 visitors in February 2012, up some 542,000 year-on-year, and the ETA’s New York tourism attache Mohamed Hegazy is keen to introduce western visitors to some of the country’s other top attractions.

“At the moment we would like to push new experiences … like the Red Sea, the South Sinai for its magnificent beaches, its coral reef and fish,” he said.

Add to this Nile cruises, the aptly named Black Desert and White Desert, religious attractions including the oldest mosque and synagogue in northern Africa, first-class golf courses and four-wheel drive safaris and it is clear that there is plenty of enjoyment to be found away from the crowds at Giza.

Written by Erin Marshall

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