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Luxor Is a city in Upper Egypt about 680 kilometres (422 miles) south of Cairo.
Luxor is governed by special statues (The Higher Council for the City of Luxor) that allow it more autonomy then other political areas of Egypt. One thing you might notice is that various government and other buildings confirm to an 'ancient' building code. Particularly, the National bank of Egypt ( located near the Winter Palace ), and the railway station are all designed to appear as pharaonic constructions .
The Luxor area fulfils different functions regarding the tourism that it
serves. The role Luxor currently is playing for Egypt's tourism is really
1- A Prime Destination for culture tourism. Luxor serves as the primary gateway to Upper Egypt.
2- A Base for the Cruise Industry. Luxor serves as the main port for Nile Cruisers. Nearly all cruises operate between Luxor and Aswan as the extended cruise between Cairo and Upper Egypt has been discontinued.
3- An Emerging Destination for long - stay Vacationers . The long - term vacationers favour some resorts in the city, and a number of homes and guesthouses located on both banks of the river. As temporary residents for several weeks or months, their average daily expenditure is typically much less than the general average for tourists.
4- A prime Destination for Day-long Excursions. Tourists lodged in Cairo, on The Red Sea cost or in Aswan can easily purchase day-long excursions by bus or airplane to visit Luxor. These generate the least benefit for the local economy.
In November 1996, the Luxor study Area's population totalled 361,138 persons.
Of these, 153,758 ( 42,6%) lived in the city of Luxor ( including Gourna) and
the remainder 207,380 (57.4%) lived in the Markhaz ( the city of Bayadiya and 15
village administrations on both sides of the river).
Between now and 2020, if pro-active planning does not occur, the natural pressures of population growth and increased tourism will pose grave risks to Luxor's man-made, culture, and natural resources. A coherent and coordinated plan is needed to protect the character and quality of Luxor.