Attacks on hotels in downtown Cairo, mostly notably the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel near Tahrir Square, have caused a drop in occupancy in neighbouring hotels from 80% to 14%, the Egypt Independent reported Wednesday (March 6th).
Travel agencies are now advertising a package that takes tourists around Taba, Luxor and Aswan but skips Cairo, an official from the Federation of Tourism Chambers said.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Tourism Ministry is taking steps to provide more road safety for tourists through a centre that tracks the movement of tourist buses, the newspaper said.
Earlier in the week, unrest near downtown Cairo simmered in an area where there are at least three hotels. Protesters damaged the exterior of the Semiramis during clashes with the police Tuesday.