Sisi discusses tourism recovery with UNWTO Secretary-General
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Youm7 archive.

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Tuesday with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, talking the cooperation ways between both sides, Youm7 reported.

Rifai visited Egypt which is chairs the UNWTO executive council; both sides also talked ways of reviving the Egyptian tourism sector.

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 Hosni Mubarak. Tourism sector saw gravely negatively was affected after the crash of Russian passenger plane in Central Sinai on Oct. 31, 2015, particularly after speculation supported by western intelligence indicating a bomb was behind the crash

Tourism revenues dropped during December 2015 by 52 percent compared to that of January 2015, Youm7 quoted Adla Ragab, the economic advisor for Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou Feb. 18.

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