Convoy of 1.8K youth heads to Sharm el Sheikh to boost tourism
Tourists riding camels in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh - REUTERS

CAIRO: A convoy of 1,800 Egyptian youths will head Monday to Sharm el Sheikh in an effort to boost tourism, after this profitable sector was dramatically affected by Russian crashed incident in Central Sinai, Youm7 reported.

Outside Cairo Stadium, the youth from different Egyptian bodies and institutions gathered to fly to the resort where they will participate in the Arab Youth Festival that will be attended by Arab Foreign Ministers.

A week ago, a group of Egyptian actors and actress flew to the Sinai city to boost the limping sector.

The Tourism Ministry is planning to launch the “This Is Egypt” tourism promotion campaign in five Arab countries as of Dec. 1; the campaign will initially target five countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Jordan and Lebanon.

On Oct. 31, a Russian plane crashed in Central Sinai about 23 minutes after it took off from Sharm el Sheikh Airport, killing all 224 aboard. Russia announced that the crash could be caused by a home-made bomb planted onboard; however, Egypt is waiting for the results of the international investigation committee to be announced.  Following the crash, an Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

Russia has halted its flights to Egypt and banned EgyptAir flight to enter into its airspace; other European countries have halted their flights to Sharm el Sheikh Airport.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Additional reporting by Rany Mostafa.

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