Worries over el-Khayat were also linked to his group's current positions and its strict and hardline ideology. The group calls for strict implementation of Islamic Shariah law, which involves imposing Islamic dress code on women, banning alcohol, preventing mixes of sexes and others. Becoming a governor in a touristic city while holding these ideas, added to touristic workers' worries already suffering from battered tourism industry.
Tourism has been dealt a blow since the ouster of Mubarak and break up of security in 2011.
For residents of Luxor, the main city in a province of around 1 million people, tourism is the main employer in the area — and practically the only industry besides farming and a sole sugar factory processing the region's sugar cane crops.
The number of tourists coming to Egypt fell to 9.8 million in 2011 from 14.7 million the year before, and revenues plunged 30 percent to $8.8 billion. Last year, the numbers climbed up to just over 10 million, but most tourists go to the beach resorts of the Red Sea, staying away from Nile Valley sites like Luxor.
Michael reported from Cairo.
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