Almotamar.net, Saba - Tourism Ministry said on Tuesday that the global financial crisis had a negative impact on economic and social role of tourism in Yemen, which reflected the decline in the number of tourists coming to Yemen and the cancellation of hotel bookings.
In its report issued recently, the Ministry pointed out that the impact of the crisis included the decline of cash proceeds of foreign currencies and the demobilization of a part of employees working in the tourism and hotel sectors.
The report pointed to the decrease of the number of tourist investment projects in 2008 to 12 projects in comparison with 27 projects carried out in 2007.
In 2007 the opposition Yemen Congregation for Reform (Islah) Islamic oriented Party maintained its having political and media sway over the Joint meeting Parties (JMP) block, also consisting of Yemen Socialist Party and the Nasserite Unionist Organisation.
Doctors use the word “crisis” to describe the point at which a patient either starts to recover or dies. President George W. Bush’s Iraqi patient now seems to have reached that point. Most commentators appear to think that Bush’s latest prescription – a surge of 20,000 additional troops to suppress the militias in Baghdad – will, at best, merely postpone the inevitable death of his dream of a democratic Iraq. Yet as “Battle of Baghdad” begins, factors beyond Bush’s control and not of his making (at least not intentionally) may just save Iraq from its doom.