Egypt Stepping Up Hotel Security in Wake of Attacks
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The Egyptian government announced it will spend $32 million on enhanced security efforts at a pair of Red Sea tourist resorts in the wake of recent attacks, the Associated Press reported.
The country is stepping up security in hopes of restoring tourists' confidence in their safety.
The money will fund additional security cameras, scanning and detection equipment as well as sniffer dogs in Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, where extra security personnel will be stationed. Hurghada was one of the towns where an attack took place earlier this month. Three tourists were stabbed in that Jan. 8 incident at the four-star beachside Bella Vista Hotel.
In a statement, Egypt's tourism minister Hisham Zaazou said "the security of visitors to Egypt remains our highest priority."
"I believe that these new measures will further add to the security of our resorts while not being intrusive to tourists so they can get on with enjoying their holidays," he added.
According to the AP, Egypt's efforts to increase security at the two resorts come one month after it hired British consultancy Control Risks to assist in shoring up airport security.
Since the country's 2011 revolution, tourism figures have taken a hit and the recent attacks on tourist hotspots have only compounded the country's image problems.
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