CAIRO: A group of Arab users on Facebook and Twitter created the hashtag that translates into “As long as Sisi in the palace we will spend our summer in Egypt” to celebrate the newly elected president Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, who sworn in yesterday.
They expressed their intention to visit Egypt at the nearest opportunity to support tourism in Egypt.
User Mohamed tweeted “I will visit Egypt on August 15,” while anther user responded, “you are welcome in your country.”
The tourism sector contributed 11.3 percent of Egypt’s GDP and brought in around 14.4 percent of foreign currency revenues, according to Egypt’s General Budget report released by the Ministry of Finance last month.
The Ministry of Tourism announced in its Monday statement that it would organize a package of events to stimulate and activate Arab and internal tourism during the holy month of Ramadan at El-Hanager Theatre at the Cairo Opera House.
Tourism in Egypt has suffered deterioration since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and a large number of tourism agencies were closed as well as many tourism workers were laid off because of the lack of tourism.
Almost 120,000 Arab tourists visited Egypt in March, compared to more the 180,000 visitors in the same period in 2013.
“I celebrated today [Sunday] in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with my Egyptian brothers in occasion of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s inauguration as Egypt’s new president,” Twitter user Abdel Rahman Bin Mohamed tweeted on his account.
“Soon I will be in Egypt…mother of the world,” user KhaledAlmarzooqi tweeted.
“I miss Khan el-Khalili so much… I will go to the café and drink tea with mint and listen to oud,” user AmanyNaguib said.