UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 20: Luxor hosts 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism
In this picture taken from a balloon Friday, April 1, 2016, a hot air balloon flies over the mortuary temple of Ramsis III at Medinet Habu on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt. Only from a balloon high in the sky, in the clear air of the early morning, can a visitor begin to grasp the beauty of antiquities on the ground in this one-time Egyptian capital once known as Thebes. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)


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Luxor hosts 5th UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that Luxor will be hosting its fifth Global Summit on City Tourism on Nov. 1-2, Youm7 reported.

Under the scheme”Cities: Local Culture for Global Travelers,” the summit will investigate city tourism trends and debate sustainable development, spatial organization and rejuvenation, innovation in city tourism, cross-cultural behavior and new business models, the UNWTO announced in a statement on Thursday.

During the two-day summit, the UNWTO will launch the Mayors for Tourism Initiative, which is part of the action plan of the UNWTO City Tourism Network, which aims to gather mayors and decision makers in cities experiencing tourism issues, who will discuss and share best practices in managing the challenges and opportunities that tourism presents to local administrations.

The summit comes amid low turnout of tourists to Egypt’s city that houses most significant monumental sites following the 2011 uprising.


1st national youth conf. kicks off in Sharm al Sheikh Sunday

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi will inaugurate the first National Youth Conference, scheduled to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm al Sheikh Oct. 20-23, Youm7 reported.

During the three-day conference, more than 3000 Egyptian youth will take part in an open dialogue with policy makers and public figures and experts, who will be contributing as participants, speakers or moderators in almost 24 public sessions, during which youth will share their views on how to enhance Egypt’s political, economic and social equality.

During celebrations held in January to mark the National Youth Day,Sisi declared a new decree calling 2016 The Year of Youth, announcing a variety of changes that will supposedly help youth develop promising futures.


3 tons of sugar seized in Souhag before being sold on black market

Supply police at Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag seized on Thursday more than three tons of subsidized sugar amid growing shortages in the basic commodity on the market, Youm7 reported.

Thursday’s seizure was the latest amid a price hike and shortage in sugar that have been reported in several governorates including Cairo sparking anger amongst shoppers.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail met with Supply Minister Mohamed Ali al Sheikh on Saturday to discuss measures taken to provide enough amounts of sugar at market prices in a bid to tackle the growing crisis.

Egypt contracted to buy 400,000 tons of raw Sugar, Ahmed Kamal, assistant supply minister was quoted by state news agency MENA on Friday.


Egypt’s Ministry of Supply to establish series of hypermarkets nationwide

Egyptian Ministry of Supply is considering a proposal to establish a series of hyper-markets nationwide, to meet the citizens’ needs of basic goods and to alleviate some basic food shortage crisis. Egypt suffers shortage in sugar, rice.

The Ministry coordinate with the Internal Trade Development Authority (ITDA) to implement the project, announced Minister of Supply Mohamed Ali Meslhy on Thursday.


4 Sudanese people detained pending probes over killing a fellow

Four Sudanese people were detained for four days pending investigations over killing their fellow after a quarrel erupted between them on a mobile phone in 6th October city, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

According to the initial investigations, one of the accused people smashed the killed person’s head with a machete; the detained people confessed their crime.


Mild weather to prevail in northern cities of Egypt Friday

Egyptian Meteorological experts expected that a mild weather will prevail on the northern cities, turning hot on Cairo and Upper Egypt governorates on Friday, Youm7 reported a statement from the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA).


Low clouds appear over the northern areas, and gather on the coastal cities with possibility of rainfall. Meanwhile, wind turn active in Suez Gulf of the Red Sea and could cause disturbance in maritime navigation.


Egypt thwarts attempt of illegal migration to Libya

Egyptian border guards arrested on a total of 60 unregistered migrants, including nine Sudanese, along Sallum road before entering into the Libyan territories, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

The military has previously announced arresting hundreds of people over illegal immigration at Egypt’s different borders, which have witnessed heightened security measures to curb the illegal practice.

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