Free admission to Egypt’s archaeological sites Thursday: minister
Tourists visit the East Wing of the Tutankhamun Gallery during an event at the Egyptian Museum - AP
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CAIRO: Admission to museums and archaeological sites across Egypt will be free on Thursday in honor of the country’s 10th annual Archaeologists’ Day, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el Damaty announced in a statement Monday.

The free admission policy will apply to Egyptians, Arabs and citizens of other countries who hold residence visas, said Damaty.

“The decision aims to honor Egyptian archaeologists who spared no effort in preserving the country’s heritage. It also aims at encouraging more tourists to visit the Egyptian Museum and the archaeological sites where these artifacts were excavated,” the minister added.

Egypt tourism sector has been suffering for five years due to political and social unrest followed the 2011 uprising. The government has recently initiated several campaigns, including one that allowed free photography in the Egyptian Museum, to boost tourism following recent events that has seen the number of foreign visitors to Egypt recede.

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