CAIRO: A total of 2,500 students from several Egyptian universities arrived in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm al Sheikh Monday as a part of a campaign to boost the country’s tourism industry, Youm7 reported.
In a bid to support the sector, which is a major contributor to the national economy, the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sport launched the “Explore Your Country,” campaign in November to counter a notable decrease in the number of tourists visiting Sharm el Sheikh in the wake of an October plane crash in the Sinai that killed more than 200.
Monday’s batch is the ninth since the campaign was launched. A total of 20,000 young people have participated so far in the campaign. The trips are funded by the youth ministry.
The initiative also aims to ease the financial burden for staff in the tourism and hotels sector in the Red Sea resort city, Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz was quoted by Youm7.
“The students arrived in Sharm al Sheikh on board of 50 buses and they are scheduled to spend three nights in the Red Sea resort where they embarked on exploring the city’s landmarks,” said Abdel Aziz.
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.