After Thursday's terrorist attack on a tourist bus in Cairo killed ten people, the mood
amongst tourists in the Egyptian capital was mixed but defiant.
The first major attack in Cairo by Islamic radicals in 17 months could seriously harm the tourism industry, one of the country's largest source of foreign currency.
Almost 450-thousand foreigners visited Egypt in August, and the Ministry of Tourism is keen to reassure tour operators that Cairo is a safe destination.
The terrorist attack on a tourist bus in Cairo on Thursday could seriously harm Egypt's burgeoning economy and tourist industry.
Tourism is one of the country's largest source of foreign currency, and is a major factor in Egypt's plans for economic privatisation.
August saw nearly half a (m) million tourists visiting Egypt, the highest figure on record.
In the past terrorist attacks have been largely confined to the southern regions of the country, where militant groups are most active.
But tourists in Cairo don't seem overly concerned about Thursdays bus bomb, feeling that these things happen wherever you go in the world.
"Yes, I feel secure in Egypt, what happened yesterday is happening all over the world
we get bombs and trouble in England, and I come from Manchester and we had a big bomb there, with problems with Irish people, I think unfortunately it's part of life all over the place. There's a lot of security here, it looks very safe to me, I haven't got any worries about being here"
SUPER CAPTION: British tourist
But the attack has left some people wary.
"I'm sorry, very sorry, I'm worried about the situation, because I'm here and... "
Q. "You're not afraid?"
A. " A, bit, a little bit"
SUPER CAPTION: Italian tourist
The Ministry of Tourism is keen to allay any fears amongst tourists and travel operators around the world.
Tourist ministers have suggested that the attack was not part of a militant faction active in the city.
Egypt is a particularly favourite destination for German tourists.
"So far everything is fine, we still love Egypt and we're not about to carry on and go back to Germany by the way. Thank you"
Q. "You're not worried about what happened?"
A. "Not in a single way, it happens everywhere, so can't stop, wherever you want to go, it can happen, so, here under the sun of Egypt. It can happen in Germany, it happens in Bosnia, so what the hell"
SUPER CAPTION: German tourist
A German embassy spokesman was unwilling to comment.
"I am unable to give any statement at this present time"
SUPER CAPTION: German Embassy employee
Police wounded and captured two of the gunmen, Mahmoud Mohamed Farhat and Saber Mohamed Farhat.
Police said the third suspect also was shot, but said his condition was not known, making clear he escaped.
Another man was arrested nearby as a possible accomplice.
While the events outside Cairo museum on Thursday are investigated, the business community is fearing a future in the wilderness.
Without the vital injection of foreign currency through tourism Egypt's economy would greatly suffer.