CAIRO: An Egyptian tourism delegation left Hurghada City on Monday heading to Russia to participate in the Moscow Tourism Fair, which begins Tuesday and lasts for four days.
The 85-member delegation includes tourism experts, investors in the Red Sea governorate, hotels owners and representatives of the Chamber of Hotel Establishments and Chamber of Tourism Establishments.
The delegation aims to promote tourism in Egypt through special offers for the Russian companies.
The consultant for the Chamber of Tourism Establishments, Maged Al Kady, said that the Russian market is one of the most important markets that export tourism to Egypt.
Numbers of Russian tourists visiting Egypt annually reach two million, and this fair is an opportunity to attract the Russian tourism back to Egypt, Kady said.
Local tourism is coming to an end with the beginning of the school year and there is no alternative but to focus on attracting foreign tourism, Kady added.
Kady said that the Russian tourism companies decided to resume their flights to the Red Sea again after its cessation during the events following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Nahda and Rabaa squares.
He added that about 85 Russian companies announced that the flights to the Red Sea would resume on September 25.
The Red Sea governorate has 256 hotels and over 130 thousands employees working at them. The tourism industry in the governorate has witnessed a severe crisis recently, which led to the halting of work in 98 hotels in the past two years.