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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Tour guides shun new Egyptian Museum souvenir center

Tue, 21/12/2010 - 11:17
Dr. Zahi Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities
Photographed by Hafez Diab

The Egyptian Museum souvenir center, which opened last week, made LE100,000 in revenues on Friday, up from LE50,000 on Thursday, according to Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

Although the center has proved a financial success, SCA officials complain that tour guides are failing to introduce visitors to the center.

Administrative sources at the souvenir center told Al-Masry Al-Youm that tour guides refuse to cooperate with them and either tell tourists not to buy from the center, citing its high prices, or don't allow them to spend enough time in the center.

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