Sin-free Egyptian tourism? Islamist eye bikini and booze ban in Egypt!
Tourism might lose its fun in Egypt as there are discussion on banning alcohol, bikinis and mixed bathing.
Egyptians are voting Wednesday in the second-phase of three-round parliamentary elections -- the first since president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February -- that Islamic parties are expected to win hands down.
Much of the buzz has been sparked by calls from the ultra-conservative Salafists, standing under the banner of the Al-Nur party, for tourism that is "halal," a reference to that which is allowed in Islam.
Alcohol, bikinis and mixed bathing would be banned.
"A five-star hotel with no alcohol, a beach for women -- sisters -- separated from men in a bay where the two sides can enjoy a vacation for a week without sins," influential cleric Yasser Burhami was quoted by The Arabist website as recommending on Sunday.
"The tourist doesn't have to swim with a bikini and harm our youth."Source: www.google.com
Tourism is Egypt's top foreign currency earner accounting for 10 per cent of national GDP. The sector suffered a lot with the unrest in the country, and it is building back up, the ban might hinder it again.