CAIRO: Governor of Egypt’s Red Sea governorate Ahmed Abdullah called for the government to develop an immediate plan to revive the country’s deteriorating tourism industry.
Speaking at the first Academic Tourist Conference hosted by the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada Friday, Abdullah said that the government, tourism employees, experts and researchers “should jointly work on promoting tourism, finding ways to attract tourists to Egypt and to once again making the country a top tourist destination,” Youm7 reported.
Means to activate tourism and resolve the crises the tourism sector is passing through were among several topics discussed during the one-day conference that gathered academics and experts in the tourism field.
The conference was organized by the tourist complex institution in the Red Sea in cooperation with the Tourism Promotion Authority and the South Valley University under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.
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.