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Booze and bikinis 'welcome' in Egypt

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Booze and bikinis are "welcome" in Egypt, according to the country's tourism minister.

Hisham Zaazou reportedly made the comments in hopes that the country could attract more tourists.

The minister hopes to boost the number of visitors by at least 20-percent this year.

Zaazou said, "Bikinis are welcome in Egypt and booze is still being served" during a recent visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Tourism has suffered since the violent uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Muslim government attempted to raise taxes on alcohol in December but backed down on the plans after criticism.

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