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Egyptian tourism syndicate wants Qatar, Turkey delisted as destinations

The Egyptian tourism ministry has played down calls by the Independent General Tourism Workers Syndicate to remove Turkey and Qatar as tourism destinations for their refusal to recognise the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, Ahram has reported. "It's an expected development, as there are currently political tensions in relations between Egypt and both Qatar and Turkey," said spokesperson for the ministry, Rasha El-Azayzi. The call could negatively impact tourism at a time when Egypt seeks to augment tourism, to boost the state's foreign currency revenues. Egypt saw 38,200 Turkish tourists between January and July of 2013, compared with 24,037 tourists in the same period of last year, said El-Azayzi.