By Ahmed Mohamed Tawfiq
Since the beginning of 2011, the Egyptian tourism sector appears to be tackling many challenges that were hampering it from taking any step forward.. the question then was how can a country suffering instability, lawlessness, and like conditions attract even a single tourist?
The sector officials had, then, no options but to wait for the results of that mysterious and disturbing transitional period. However, this phase has prolonged, and the situation became more complicated after the Brotherhood came to power. The then-rulers of Egypt had adopted retaliatory actions against individuals and institutions, to the extent that some of those working in tourism decided to change their careers. Others preferred to hopelessly travel abroad, while some patriotic politicians were bravely searching for the solution, taking all the potential risks.
Aida Opera, which will be held in Luxor next October, is one of the courageous initiatives of the national tourism sector to allow the light into a dark tunnel. Its details were disclosed for the first time at the press conference held by the organizers last Tuesday evening. Some 34 national tourism companies stand behind the event , with the aim of returning the world’s most famous opera performances to the land of the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, after almost two decades of absence since the terrorist attack in 1997. They also sought to held the event annually, pushing it to transcend its economic significance, and become a message of peace and security from Egypt to the world.
In this regard, Luxor is set to receive 4,000 tourists from all over the world to attend the event, in the land of civilization, and the capital of ancient Egypt.
Tourism officials who have taken on the responsibility of organizing this event, and restoring the spirit to Luxor and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, were much inspired by the enthusiasm of political leadership after the June 30 revolution and the importance it placed on tourism and efforts to restore its previous status.
There is a consideration that tourism is not just a sector supporting the economy, but also impact the image of Egypt abroad. This is when the idea of organizing Opera Aida emerged. This was a proof that the people behind it were looking forward to the future and how to have an annual cultural and art event in the ancient civilization lands, so as to attract thousands of tourists to enjoy the musical concert in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, in an unforgettable experience which involves living in Luxor hotels and move around via horses in a city houses antiques and civilization. All this, definitely, will impact the every house in Luxor, and the economy and image of Egypt.
All appreciation to the loyal Egyptian tourism officials, who have been patient and hopeful over the past years, and are seeking today to provide a strong and positive initiative to create an attractive atmosphere for tourists. Opera Aida in Luxor represents the return of the spirit .. And move Egypt steps towards the future .. Long live Egypt