Sunday, January 22, 2023
Books – Nashat Ali:
Ahmed Issa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, called for the need to prepare legislation to combat harassment of tourists, saying: “At the present time, the harasser may escape punishment.”
Counselor Abdel Wahhab Abdel Razek, President of the Senate, adjourned the plenary session, provided that it reconvene tomorrow, Monday. To discuss 3 requests from members regarding the education file.
Today, Sunday, Abdel Razek referred my request for a general discussion regarding the tourism file to the Culture, Tourism and Media Committee. To study the two requests and track down Ahmed Issa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, to prepare a report for presentation to the Council.
Ahmed Eissa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, confirmed that studies have shown that there are 272 million potential tourists who want the Egyptian tourism product. Among them, 11% prefer cultural and recreational tourism, 16% prefer cultural tourism, 15% prefer adventure tourism, and 6% prefer recreational tourism, in addition to 5% who prefer tourism with their families.
Issa said: I am proud that the government conducted a global study, and identified segments of those wishing to travel to Egypt, and they represent 55% of potential tourists.
The minister continued: We were facing the problem of a lack of airline seats. Especially since 90% of tourism comes through aviation, and coordination has been made with the Ministry of Aviation in this context, saying: This industry faces the challenge of attracting capital to invest in this sector.
The Minister of Tourism explained that spending on promoting this sector is very weak compared to competitors, pointing out that tourism performance is measured weekly, and when demand from some countries decreases, marketing funds are directed to these markets.
The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities said: 95% of the tourism industry and activity is based on the private sector.