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CAIRO – 13 November 2017: Popular TV host Ellen DeGeneres reposted a video of an octopus basking in the sunlight below the glistening waters near Egypt’s Red Sea coast.
With nearly 50 million followers on her Instagram account, DeGeneres’ video got more than five million views in just two days.
Many initiatives are underway to revive tourism in Egypt as many renowned Hollywood stars have visited Egypt in the recent period.
Since the drawback that hit the tourism industry following the revolution and, in particular, the crackdown of Russian plane over South Sinai in 2015, tourism revenues have gone down by over 70 percent.
Hollywood star Forest Whitaker visited Egypt in October to attend the El Gouna Film Festival, where he visited the Egyptian museum and shared photos as he marveled at the iconic pyramids, to document such an “inspiring moment,” as he tweeted.
In February, Argentinean football legend Lionel Messi arrived in Egypt as part of Egypt’s "Tour 'n' Cure" campaign to combat Hepatitis C.
Messi’s visit to Egypt was met with great fanfare. During his first day, he explored the Great Pyramids of Giza and met a number of Egyptian children. He also attended a gala at the Mena House Hotel in the presence of several ministers.
In addition, Hollywood star Will Smith arrived for a visit with his family and shared his now famous selfies admiring the “beauty” and “magnificence” of Egyptian monuments.
Early in April, Manchester United football legend Ryan Giggs visited Egypt as part of a UEFA tour, promising to return for a longer trip.
Shortly after, Egypt’s Tourism Development Authority announced a remarkable hike in tourism rates, crediting its promotional campaigns in Europe.