According to the annual report of the U.N. World Tourism Organization last year, Egypt's tourism sector saw a remarkable 21 percent growth in 2019, welcoming 13.6 million visitors. But this year, since the global coronavirus outbreak, the number of visitors has declined.
Terror attacks and security unrest in Egypt since the step-down of the Muslim brotherhood in 2013, consequently panned the Upper Egyptian province of Minya from the international tourism map. Now, after security is under control, and the Egyptian police are in full power to secure each footstep in Minya, the Egyptian government decided to bring Minya back to Egypt's international tourism map.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sponsored an event at the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum to set a new Guinness Record for the largest mosaic created with paper cups of coffee. The previous record for coffee cup mosaics was set in the U.S. state of Hawaii in 2012, when 5,642 cups of coffee were used to replicate singer Elvis Presley's face. That mosaic eclipsed one set in 2009 in Sydney, Australia of the Mona Lisa, using 3,604 coffee cups.
The head of an Egyptian team excavating an area in the Valley of the Monkeys says they have uncovered an industrial area that includes at least 30 buildings that housed workers. Dr. Zahi Hawass says some of the huts consist of two rooms. Most of the huts contained fireplaces inside and outside the rooms. The discovery reveals much about the lives of the workmen, and how the artifacts, decorations, coffins and funerary items were produced. Archaeologists have been working in the area since 2017.