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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

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

Nigel Hetherington

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166082.003.0003

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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