CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with leading Chinese tour operators Wednesday, on the sideline of his first presidential visit to China, which started Monday.
During his 4-day visit to China, Sisi and the Egyptian Minister of Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour have met with Chinese tourism officials and discussed ways to increase number of Chinese tourists visiting Egypt.
During the meeting, Fakhry, a former Minister of Tourism, said “China’s global outbound tourism rate is estimated at 120 million travelers spending $1 billion every year. Egypt seeks to increase number of Chinese tourists visiting the country.”
According to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, tourist activity comprises 11.3% of GDP and it is ranked second in terms of most important sources of income for Egypt after the Suez Canal.
Sisi also stressed that Egypt enjoys a stable political and security environment, which provides an adequate environment for tourists.
During the meeting, Chinese Minister of Tourism Li Jinzao said that his country is looking forward to strengthen tourist cooperation with Egypt and called on the Egyptian authorities to “increase the number of direct flights between Egypt and Chinese provinces and developing new measures to facilitate obtaining entry visa to Egypt.”