An explosion that targeted a tourist bus in Giza, Egypt has reportedly left at least 17 injured.
According to local media, the bus was carrying several South African tourists, a majority of who were injured when the blast took place. This is the second attack on tourists (around the same area) within six months. Last December, three Vietnamese tourists and a tour guide were killed when a bomb hit their bus.
The blast took place near a museum that is under construction near the Giza pyramids. The museum that is due to open next year will house some of the country’s relics and is considered to be one of the top sources of foreign revenue for Egypt.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania A. Al Mashat said that all those involved were being “fully supported in their onward travels. She tweeted, “Today an incident took place in Giza involving a bus and a minor explosion. Of the 28 passengers on the bus we can confirm some minor injuries with three being treated at the hospital as a precaution. All of those involved are being fully supported in their onward travels.”
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack yet.
The tourism sector just showed an improvement since numbers dropped after the 2011 uprising and the 2015 bombing of a Russian passenger jet.
Recent figures by STR also revealed that the hotel market in Egypt saw a 78.2% increase in occupancy rates, while average daily rates increased by 6.1% and room RevPAR rose by 13.3%. Analysts said that Egypt's "increased stability and government campaigns to boost tourism" helped in the hotel performance recovery.