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“This Is Egypt” tourism promotional campaign takes over London’s Piccadilly
Digital billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus are running with images of Egypt’s iconic landmarks as part of promotional campaign, which aims to bring tourists back to Egypt, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The images feature Egypt’s diverse attractions, including historical sites such as the pyramids and temples, in addition to its nightlife.
The move coincides with Egypt’s participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition, currently held in the UK, through a 360- square meter pavilion with 18 tour operators and representatives from EgyptAir and governmental bodies.
Tourism Minister Yehia Rashid said on Tuesday that the Egyptian pavilion left a favorable impression of the country.
Funded by the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority, the three-year campaign was launched in January 2016 after Egypt’s turbulent political and economic atmosphere has shaken its tourism industry, with travelers shying away from the country, which houses over one third of the world’s monuments.
Egypt’s tourism sector represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP and the second main source of hard currency after the Suez Canal.
Education minister mourns victims of St. John school bus accident
Education Minister el Hilaly el Sherbiny extended condolences to the families of the four people who were killed after their school bus collided with a truck on the Cairo-Suez road Tuesday morning.
Sherbiny instructed senior officials at the ministry to immediately contact the families of the victims and the injured, and meet their demands.
Two teachers, a student and the driver of St. John American International School bus were all killed, while 17 students were injured in the road accident.
Sources at the education ministry told Youm7 that victims will be compensated with 20,000 EGP each while injured will receive 10,000 EGP each.
429 Egyptians back from Libya via Sallum border crossing: official
A total of 429 Egyptians have returned home from Libya via the Sallum crossing over the past 24 hours, Mersa Matrouh Security Chief Mokhtar el Senbary was quoted by Youm7 on Tuesday.
Out of returnees, 96 Egyptians had returned legally, while the remainders have traveled to Libya in illegal ways, Senbary said.
Travel procedures of other 431 people from both countries have been finalized, he added.
For decades Libya has been a major destination for Egyptian migrant workers due to its once booming oil economy and open borders.
Since the mass murder of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya on Feb. 16, Egypt has tightened security measures along its western borders with Libya, which has witnessed a security lapse and political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.
3 dead, 13 injured in Cairo-Suez Road accident
Three were announced dead and 13 injured after a school bus crash on Egypt-Suez Road, said Khaled Mogahed, spokesperson for Health Ministry.
All the injured were transferred to a hospital in Heliopolis to receive needed treatment, Mogahed added.
Spanish TV team visits Egypt to shoot cooking program
A delegation of the Spanish TV is visiting Cairo and Luxor to shoot an episode about tourism in Egypt, Youm7 reported.
Nesrin Othmanly, the director of the Tourism Promotion Office at Cairo Airport, said that the delegation will stay for a week, where they will produce an episode for the TV program “Let’s Eat The World,” one of the famous Spanish programs specialized in cooking popular food from different countries around the world.
In Pics: Cairo University to have 1st solar power plant in week
President of Cairo University Gaber Nassar announced opening the first phase of a solar power plant at the campus within a week, Youm7 reported.
The university has contracted with Banha Company for Electronic Industries to build the plant, with a capacity of 650 kilowatt-hour.