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Egypt making use of recent growth in tourism: minister

Tuesday 19 February 2019 11:03 PM

Egyptian Tourism Minister
Egyptian Tourism Minister



(Xinhua) -- Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat praised yesterday the tourism sector as one of the most growing sectors worldwide.

Speaking at a press conference with the board of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, Mashat said her ministry seeks to make use of the recent growth in tourism through solving problems facing this vital field and improving skills of tourism staffers.

She noted that a five-axis structural program has been outlined to upgrade the tourism sector in Egypt.

All state bodies, topped by the Tourism Ministry, are cooperating to ensure a successful organization of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to be held in Egypt later this year.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Mashat said that Egypt's tourism is in constant improvement with a growing number of tourists from Western, Arab and Asian states.

"We had a leap in tourism in 2017 and a large boom in 2018, when Egypt was visited by renowned foreign figures," the minister said.

The revenues of Egypt from tourism saw a year-on-year increase of 77 percent in the first half of 2018 to reach 4.8 billion U.S. dollars, while the number of tourists arriving in the country increased by 41 percent to exceed 5 million.




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