CAIRO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian authorities on Saturday called for all-round cooperation and efforts in its campaign to develop the country's tourism which suffered a blow of political turmoil after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July.
The interim government is working on a blueprint of tourism industry, with aims to lure back international visitors and increase tourist income that was deterred by nationwide security problems, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said during an event marking the phenomenon of the sunlight's alignment on the holy area of Fayoum's Qasr Qarun Temple on the day of winter solstice.
People from all parties should work together to promote the tourism industry, one of the country's economy pillar, he added.
Egypt is a magnificent attraction for people interested in ancient history and in swimming in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. However, the number of foreign travellers had plummeted since early July due to political crisis that triggered protests and clashes in the country's main cities.
Nearly 15 million visitors came to Egypt in 2010, but the arrivals of this year was estimated to be at around 10 million. " All tourist resorts in Egypt are very safe and far away from chaos, " Zaazou told reporters.
The astronomical phenomenon in the desert city of Fayoum was discovered last year. The temple was dedicated to worship the God of Sobek, symbolized as a crocodile.