25 US tour operators arrive in Luxor
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CAIRO: A U.S. delegation of 25 tour operators and media figures arrived in Luxor to participate in an international conference of tour operators scheduled to be held Sunday, Tourism Ministry said in a statement.

“Luxor governorate, in coordination with the Tourism Ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA), will host a one-day conference that gathers leading tour operators in Europe and North America. Other tourism professionals, including airline and car rental companies are participating in the business to business as well as business to customer conference that aims to boost cultural tourism and attract more tourists to visit Upper Egypt,” head of TPA Mahmoud Sami told The Cairo Post Saturday.

According to the Tourism Ministry, Europe accounts for 72 percent of Egypt’s inbound tourism.

Revenues from tourism, comprising 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP,) witnessed a sharp decline in the aftermath of the political instability following Egypt’s 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou stated Saturday the event is expected to increase tourism revenues by $9 million every year, adding that the sales of the 25 U.S. operators in 2013 reached $162.1 million.

The conference coincides with the tourism ministry’s celebration of the 110th anniversary of the discovery of Queen Nefertari’s Tomb which will also take place in Luxor.

Samir Isaac, the head of the Hotels Chamber in Luxor, told The Cairo Post Saturday that “five of the best hotels” in Luxor, including the historic Winter Palace, have been selected to accommodate the U.S. delegation members. He added that they are scheduled to do sightseeing to the city’s main points of interest including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and the house of Howard Carter; the British archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

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