CAIRO: A campaign that calls for a million tourists from Saudi Arabia to visit Sharm el-Sheikh kicked off Wednesday at the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, the General Egyptian Union in Saudi and Egypt Air, Youm7 reported.
The campaign will include presentations introducing tourist attractions in Egypt, especially Sharm el-Sheikh, to Saudis and other people who live in the Kingdom.
Several Egyptian and Arab celebrities and singers will arrive in the Red Sea resort Friday and Saturday to participate in a festival promoting tourism after a Russian plane was downed Oct. 31 over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers on board. Russia recently decreed a temporary flight suspension to Egypt, following the footsteps of seven other countries.
The promotional campaign called on Egyptian families who can afford spending vacations in tourist cities in the country to do so in support of Egypt’s tourism.
Egyptians have launched several campaigns online to encourage people to go to Sharm el-Sheikh.
A hashtag dubbed into “I’m going to Sharm el-Sheikh” has gone viral on social media, sharing pictures of the Red Sea resort with Egyptians carrying signs that read “We are safe here in Sharm.”
“Your Sons Are Your Support, Egypt” is a campaign that is expected to be launched by Egyptian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates in support of Egyptian tourism, according to pictures of the initiative Facebook page sent to Youm7 newspaper.
Further, Kuwaitis reportedly created a hashtag “I am with Egypt” in solidarity with Egyptian people, launching an electronic campaign describing the beauty of Sharm el-Sheikh city during winter season. The campaign called for standing against what it described as a “conspiracy” targeting Egypt’s economy.