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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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Visitor Management in the Valley of the Kings

Visitor Management in the Valley of the Kings

(p.195) 7 Visitor Management in the Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings

Kent Weeks

Nigel Hetherington

American University in Cairo Press

The estimated carrying capacity of the Valley of the Kings is about a thousand visitors per hour. This is calculated with reference to parking areas, average length of visit, and waiting times at tomb entrances. Surveys of visitor numbers reveal consistent peak periods at specific times of the day. The number of visitors per day, and the flow of visitors through the site, can be controlled in several ways: allowing a maximum number of visitor in the Valley at any one time; restricting the size of tour groups; expanding the opening hours; enforcing parking restrictions; building full-size replicas of specific tombs; using a signaling system to indicate when particular tombs are temporarily full of visitors; ticketing systems that would encourage visits to less popular tombs; forbidding guides to lecture inside tombs; maps and signs; and physical barriers to control lines outside tomb entrances.

Keywords:   carrying capacity, ticketing, Valley of the Kings

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