Egypt Hotels in Rape Crackdown
Resorts at Egypt's most prominent tourism destination are set to sign a protocol, agreeing to band together to end sexual harassment on their properties and protect tourists.
Hotels across Egypt are set to sign a protocol in an effort to combat harassment and boost tourism. The 'I Saw Harassment' campaign aims to boost awareness of harassment and the organisation has announced that it will be working closely with Sharm el-Sheikh resorts to implement safety and security measures, as well as make their intolerance of such crimes clear. The move follows the rape of a British tourist in March in a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh and an attempted rape of Russian tourist at a nearby resort.
The news comes just days after one hundred representatives of German travel agencies attended a conference in Hurghada this week, in an effort to discuss the ongoing travel ban by the country. Industry experts called on the German agencies to report the “real picture” of events in Egypt, adding that Egypt would welcome security experts to check the conditions in Egyptian tourist destinations including Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor and Alexandria.
Egypt has suffered plummeting tourist numbers since June 30 last year. Find out more about the I Saw Harassment campaign here.