Tourism sec­tor con­trib­utes 20% to Egypt’s GDP: Al-Mashat

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Ne­hal Samir

The tourism Min­is­ter, Ra­nia Al Mashat, stated that that the tourism in­dus­try con­trib­uted 20% to Egypt’s GDP this year.

Al-Mashat said dur­ing the Al-Ahram third an­nual eco­nomic con­fer­ence that the sec­tor is con­nected to about 70 sub­sidiary in­dus­tries, which re­flects the im­por­tance of this sec­tor.

Notably, AL-Mashat pre­vi­ously said that the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Egypt jumped by 30 % dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2018 com­pared to last year, as­sert­ing that that tourism cur­rently rep­re­sents 15% of the to­tal in­come sources of the na­tional econ­omy.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, Al-Mashat pointed out that the global tourism sec­tor has been in re­cov­ery since the end of 2016, es­pe­cially with the high de­mand by peo­ple to visit new ar­eas, due to their re­cent great en­thu­si­asm to ex­plore new places.

She con­firmed that the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is in­ter­ested in re­mov­ing all the chal­lenges fac­ing the tourism sec­tor.

By ask­ing the for­mer head of Egypt’s Fed­er­a­tion of Tourism Cham­bers, El­hamy al-Zayat, about the ob­sta­cles that still face the tourism sec­tor in Egypt, and how to face them, he stated that in 2010 the tourism sec­tor was ex­po­nen­tially grow­ing, then af­ter the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion the sec­tor suf­fered to a great ex­tent then it suf­fered most in 2016, es­pe­cially when a Rus­sian pas­sen­ger plane crashed in Si­nai in late Oc­to­ber 2015,where all its on­board pas­sen­gers were killed.

He ex­plained that in order to re­store the tourist num­bers to pre2010, the gov­ern­ment has to launch a cre­ative mar­ket­ing cam­paign to pro­mote tourism in Egypt.

He men­tioned that Egypt has al­ready de­vel­oped its air­ports, ho­tels, tourist ser­vices, safety mea­sures com­pared to the pe­riod af­ter the rev­o­lu­tion, af­firm­ing that Egypt’s tourism sec­tor needs more ef­forts, in order to at­tract new tourist na­tion­al­i­ties. He in­di­cated that the only short­com­ing and chal­lenge that Egypt presently faces is the fail­ure to pro­mote tourism in a cre­ative, unique man­ner.

Min­is­ter of Tourism, Ra­nia Al-Mashat

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