CAIRO: Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Arab Emirates on the sidelines of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
Zaazou also submitted a worksheet to implement the programs that do not need funding, such as training, statistical systems, exchange of publications through the Arab League and periodical meetings for brain storming and exchange of experiences.
The first workshop on statistical systems of tourism will be held in Cairo next February, and will be arranged by Saudi Arabia as the state responsible for capacity building in the Arab League.
Hosted by Sharjah, the 3-day conference discussed means to promote cooperation on intra-Arab tourism and to elevate their development rates. It also discussed ways to preserve and restore archaeological sites and architectural heritage amid the rising militancy of the Islamic State (IS) group.
For its part, Egypt has launched several campaigns to promote tourist influx from Arab states after western tourism subsided in the aftermath of the Russian plane crash Oct. 31.
For example, following a nearly two-month break, Kuwait Airways will resume flights to the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh Dec. 22, Executive Vice President of Commercial Affairs Philip Sanders told Youm7.
Direct flights from Kuwait to Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh will be increased after the resumption in order to boost tourism in the Red Sea resort starting from December, Kuwaiti Information Minister Salman al-Sabah announced in November.
The direct flights will be continuous, rather than seasonal, and more airlines will organize the flights starting from December, a statement quoted al-Sabah during a meeting with Zaazou.