CAIRO: The Egypt Tourist Authority (ETA,) in coordination with the Egyptian Embassy in Canada, participated in the 20th Travel and Vacation Show-2014 held in Ottawa, Canada, the head of ETA’s office in Canada, Mostafa Abdel Khalek, told Youm7 Saturday.
ETA’s participation is a “reassuring message” for the whole world to restore tourism to Egypt, Abdel Khalek said.
Over 200 travel and vacation exhibitors from more than 50 countries are taking part in the annual festivity, Amr Badr, Chairman of Abercrombie & Kent Egypt, told The Cairo Post.
“Abercrombie & Kent Egypt, in coordination with Egypt Air, represented Egypt in the annual festival through four booths,” said Bard, who added that his company prepared several unique itineraries covering off-the-beaten-track sites.
“The itineraries are at reasonable prices and cover points of interest that are unfamiliar to Egypt’s travelers, such as walking tours through Al Mo’iz Street in the heart of Islamic Cairo and sightseeing to several mosques and churches that were not common in the company’s previous itineraries,” added Badr.
The tourism sector has been in constant decline since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, despite ongoing campaigns to assure foreigners that the country is a safe vacation destination.
In 2010 more than 14.7 million holidaymakers visited Egypt, compared to 9.5 million tourists in 2013, reflecting a 35.8 percent decline, according to the annual bulletin on tourism statistics issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in late March.