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TRAVEL WEEKLY REPORTS CONCERN OF EGYPTIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY IN WAKE OF CAIRO'S POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE

 TRAVEL WEEKLY REPORTS CONCERN OF EGYPTIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY
 IN WAKE OF CAIRO'S POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE
 NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Egyptian tourism executives today were grateful that tourist areas were left unscathed by yesterday's powerful earthquake, but are asking, "Why now?", according to Travel Weekly, the travel industry's leading newspaper.
 According to Travel Weekly, the tourist industry is especially sensitive to the impact of the earthquake because the tragic event took place on the heels of an international travel convention held just three weeks ago in Cairo.
 The event, the World Travel Congress sponsored by the American Society of Travel Agents, took place Sept. 20-26, and attracted some 5,000 delegates from all over the world.
 Said Alan Fredericks, editor of Travel Weekly, "The convention was crucial to the tourism industry in Egypt and the Middle East because of recent declines in tourist arrivals due to ongoing conflicts in that part of the world."
 Travel Weekly did report in its current issue that the major tourist sites -- the Pyramids and the Sphinx, for example, and the international hotels -- were undamaged.
 Furthermore, an Egyptian tour operator in New York said that most travelers were proceeding with their trips as planned. "I've had calls of concern rather than calls of cancellation," the tour operator was quoted in Travel Weekly as saying.
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