CAIRO: The Egyptian Embassy in Japan celebrated Wednesday Egyptian adventurer Sherif Lotfy’s motorbike trip from Egypt to Japan to promote tourism, Al-Ahram reported.
Lotfy, who started biking from the foot of the Pyramids two months ago, arrived in Tokyo Wednesday carrying the Egyptian flag after a14, 000 km-long trip to support the Egyptian tourism.
“In addition to promoting Egypt’s tourism, I endeavor to break a record in the Guinness Book of Records, spread peace and love of nature through my travels,” Lotfy said on his Facebook page. His trip intended to advocate environmental awareness and the betterment of general physical fitness.
Lotfy travelled through several countries, including Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Japan.
“Traveling through these countries helped me appreciate the different cultures, customs, and traditions. It also helped encounter new experiences and make new friends,” he said.
During the press conference in the Egyptian Embassy in Japan, covered by international media outlets, Lotfy addressed the Japanese youths to launch biking trips to Egypt and invited them to visit the Pyramids.
“Lotfy conveyed a message of peace and friendship from the Egyptian people to the Japanese,” Egypt’s Ambassador in Tokyo Al-Ahram quoted Hisham el-Zemiti as saying Wednesday.
Such events help promote tourism to Egypt worldwide, he added.
Egypt has been suffering from an unprecedented decline in the tourism industry since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
According to the National Accounts Division of the Ministry of Tourism, income from tourism in Egypt for the first quarter of 2014 decreased to $1.3bn, down 43% from the same period last year.
Tourism represents an important source of foreign currency entering the Egyptian economy, alongside revenues from the Suez Canal and remittances of Egyptians living abroad, according to the Central Bank of Egypt.