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The Valley of the KingsA Site Management Handbook$
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Kent R. Weeks and Nigel J. Hetherington

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166082

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166082.001.0001

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Tourism and the Valley of the Kings

Tourism and the Valley of the Kings

(p.57) 3 Tourism and the Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings

Kent Weeks

Nigel Hetherington

American University in Cairo Press

For the past two hundred years, tourism has played an increasingly large role in the Egyptian economy: a record 8.1 million tourists, generating revenues of about $6.1 billion. Only recently has it been recognized that tourism at this volume puts a huge strain on Egypt's cultural heritage. Further development of popular archaeological sites will need to include comprehensive development plans and conservation efforts. A significant proportion of the revenue from tourism should be applied to conservation and education programs, and to improved tourist facilities to make the visitor's experience pleasant, instructive, and safe.

Keywords:   cultural heritage, preservation, tourism

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