The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities meets with representatives of the private sector and stresses the importance of cooperation and concerted efforts

Ahmed Issa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, met in a lengthy meeting with members of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Zamalek.

The meeting was attended by Ahmed Al-Wasif, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chambers, Youmna Al-Bahar, Assistant Minister for Technical Affairs, and members of the Federation’s Board of Directors, including the chairmen of the five Chambers of Tourism Board of Directors.

Ahmed Issa began the meeting by welcoming the members of the council, stressing his keenness to meet representatives of the private tourism sector and listen to them and their suggestions to push more incoming tourism to Egypt, as well as their participation in setting and formulating various operational plans together, especially in light of its important role in the advancement of the Egyptian tourism sector.

The minister indicated that the coming period will witness building on the foregoing and the achievements made during the past period, the most prominent of which is the important legislative revolution that the sector witnessed and what was done to update many laws regulating it, stressing the importance of continuing joint cooperation and concerted efforts to achieve more and better successes. The desired results to bring the sector to broad horizons.

In his speech, Ahmed Issa pointed to the role of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities as a watchdog, regulator, catalyst, enabler, and director of public spending programs that contribute to empowering the private sector to achieve more success, growth and prosperity while assuming its responsibilities, stressing the Egyptian state’s keenness to support the Egyptian tourism sector, which expects great ambitions and that It will witness a boom and great growth in the coming years.

He explained that the ministry has a responsibility, within the framework of its role as a watchdog and regulator for the tourism industry, towards the citizen or the recipient of tourism services in hotel and tourist establishments and the various tourism activities that are subject to oversight and regulation by the ministry.

The minister added that with regard to the ministry’s role as a catalyst and enabler through public spending programs that aim to empower the private sector and launch promotional and advertising campaigns to attract more incoming tourism and emphasize the competitiveness of the sector, especially in light of the full consistency between the ministry and the private sector, indicating that work is underway. Already on the axes of the national strategy for the sustainable development of Egyptian tourism, in coordination with the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chambers.

The Minister also briefly reviewed the most important work axes that will be at the top of the Ministry’s priorities during the coming period, stressing that one of the most important policies of the Ministry is to protect and ensure competition among all, in addition to its keenness to support and support small and medium companies, referring to his recent meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority. The Financial Supervisory Authority to discuss ways and mechanisms for developing the tourism sector through non-bank financial activities, raising awareness and introducing medium and small companies that are members of the Chambers of Tourism and the Federation to opportunities to obtain financing and how to prove their creditworthiness.

The minister pointed out the importance of working on improving and maximizing the tourist experience in Egypt, and attracting and encouraging international investments in the Egyptian tourism sector, especially in light of the distinct advantages Egypt offers to investors and the state’s keenness to improve the investment climate.

For his part, Ahmed Al-Wasif, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers, thanked Minister Ahmed Issa for his keenness and his constant emphasis on the importance of the role and vision of the private sector in dealing with it.

The president of the union referred to the role of all members of the board of directors and the efforts they made during the past period, especially during the crises that the sector witnessed, hoping that the coming period will witness more cooperation and coordination with the ministry to advance the Egyptian tourism sector, especially since the private sector is most willing to provide what they have of Experience and capabilities that serve this sector and contribute to placing it in the competitive position it deserves.

During the meeting, the members of the Council congratulated the Minister on assuming the duties of his position as Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, wishing him continued success and success, and thanking Dr. the last period.

The meeting witnessed discussions on the most prominent files related to the Egyptian tourism sector, and the members of the Council presented a number of proposals and outlines of the Union’s vision in this regard. For Egyptians and tourists in Egypt, the importance of training and investment in the human element in the sector and keenness to raise and develop their various abilities and skills.

The meeting also touched on the importance of paying attention to the file of raising tourism and archaeological awareness among citizens, especially school students and youth, and the tourism preparations and equipment for Egypt’s hosting of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change “COP27” in Sharm El-Sheikh next November.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to hold periodic and continuous meetings with the Minister to discuss the most important challenges facing the sector.

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