CAIRO: A cultural carnival will be held Sunday evening in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh on the occasion of the World Tourism Day (WTD), commemorated each year on Sept. 27, Youm7 reported.
The carnival, scheduled at 8:30 p.m. at Naama bay, will includes a Sufi show featuring a tanoura (whirling dervish) performance and folk music along with a pharaonic show, Naama bay security chief Rabea Abdel Mawgoud told Youm7 Sunday.
“The aim of the carnival is to send a message to the whole world that Sharm al-Sheikh is a safe touristic destination,” said Abdel Mawgoud.
It was at its third session in Torremolinos, Spain, September 1979, that the UNWTO General Assembly decided to institute World Tourism Day, commencing in the year 1980, according to the U.N. This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on Sept. 27, 1970.
The timing of WTD is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Egypt’s political turmoil following the 2011 January uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has badly affected tourism sector; Egypt’s second most important source of national income after the Suez Canal provides direct and indirect employment to up to 12.6 percent of the country’s workforce.
Revenues from tourism represent 11.3 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product.