Imagine a vacation where no bikinis were allowed, no booze was to be found, and you couldn't even relax on the same beach as your opposite-gendered partner. Oh, upon check-in, you needed to present a marriage license, and if you weren't married, you couldn't share a hotel room.
That just may become a devastating reality for Egypt's tourists, a booming industry that's already been hard hit because of the Arab Spring, and one that the country relies on dearly. With the parliamentary elections showing the Islamic parties holding an overwhelming majority, many outsiders are looking to the parties to define their stances on a number of things: interpretation of Sharia law, treatment of women, and tourism being a few of them.
Right now, it's the latter that is holding the headlines. While the parties have distanced themselves from one another, candidates from both parties have mentioned imposing parts of Islamic law on the tourism industry, a stance many, especially workers in the industry itself, are worried about. The candidates call it a "sin free" vacation. Opponents to the measure say that with each conservative speech on tourism, less plane tickets are being booked, and the industry may as well call itself doomed, since people supposedly would not want to travel to Egyptian beaches only to find themselves under scrutiny. Supporters of these stances say that people travel to Egypt for the history, not the partying, and they would be happy to follow the law. People, they say, want to have a "sin free vacation".
I suppose the only way to figure out the truth is to ask: Would you vacation in Egypt if Islamic Ideals (no bikinis, booze, unmarried couples staying together, gender-specified beaches, etc) were imposed on tourists and the tourism industry? Why or why not?