CAIRO – 15 December 2022: Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Issa, revealed a set of figures and statistics associated to the tourism sector in Egypt, explaining that his ministry performs its function as an organizer and supervisor of practically 8,000 vacationer services.
Issa mentioned throughout a gathering with journalists masking the tourism and antiquities sector, that the Supreme Council of Antiquities, spent about LE 3.1 billion throughout 2022, from the council’s revenue together with a part of the state finances, inside the efforts to determine new museums, develop archaeological websites and preserve antiquities.
He identified that revenues from go to tickets amounted to LE 1 billion throughout the identical yr.
The Ministry of Tourism spent LE 800 million on promotional campaigns overseas, through the fiscal yr 2022/ 2023, along with LE 850 million to help and stimulate direct tourism aviation, with a complete of LE 1.65 billion, the minister added.
The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities defined that the quantity spent shouldn’t be thought-about giant in comparison with the amount of the large work produced. “We’ve in Egypt roughly 2,160 archaeological websites and 43 museums, of which 31 are open for visits,” he mentioned.
He elaborated that the ministr , as an proprietor, has greater than 40 museums and a couple of,000 archaeological websites, of which 130 websites and 31 museums are open to go to, and there are about 250 archaeological missions working within the subject of excavations for antiquities, whereas as an operator, it supervises 1,300 vacationer eating places, 1,200 inns, 2,200 bazaars, and 480 diving facilities, apart from golf equipment licensed for tourism actions.
Issa added that the Supreme Council of Antiquities extends its function as a scientific and cultural establishment that preserves, protects and data Egyptian antiquities along with excavating them, indicating that there are 250 overseas archaeological missions in Egypt that excavate for antiquities.
The minister affirmed the state’s curiosity in creating cultural tourism and rising the focusing on of cultural vacationers fascinated by archaeological websites and museums, as a result of it’s a aggressive benefit that Egypt enjoys attributable to its archaeological websites, museums, treasures and monuments.
As for the ministry function, he said that the ministry performs its function as an observer, organizer and catalyst, all with the intention of defending the ultimate client, who’s the customer or vacationer, as a way to enhance the tourism service and the tourism expertise offered in Egypt, and to advance the tourism business.
Relating to the tourism promotion packages and aviation stimulus packages, the minister revealed that just about LE 1.6 billion was spent on them through the fiscal yr 2021/2022, as a way to advance the tourism business.
He added that world spending packages are being directed to serve the tourism business and promotion packages are being ready by launching numerous campaigns in a lot of tourism-exporting markets in Egypt, along with civil aviation stimulus packages that can proceed till subsequent April.
Focusing on to succeed in 30 million vacationers
The minister clarified that the ministry is engaged on learning the challenges confronted by the sector as a way to attain 30 million vacationers, noting that the very best vacationer fee reached by Egypt was 14 million vacationers in 2009/2010 season, adopted by a decline within the charges to rebound in 2019 earlier than being affected by the repercussions of COVID-19.
“Tourism is like different industries, that should examine the challenges and issues in it to provide you with options and set priorities, which is what’s being labored on inside the ministry at current,” he famous.
The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities defined that the Tourism Promotion Authority at the moment has six overseas places of work in a lot of nations as a way to promote and stimulate tourism in Egypt.
In accordance with Issa, since assuming his duties, he has been engaged on a lot of duties and setting priorities, maybe an important of which is reaching the 30 million vacationers who go to Egypt yearly.
He added that the assignments of Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly had been to succeed in $30 billion in tourism inside the 2030 plan, which the ministry is at the moment engaged on.
“Three priorities have been recognized on which the ministry relies with regard to the tourism sector, the primary axis, which is aviation, and there’s joint coordination with the Ministry of Civil Aviation on a daily and steady foundation to extend the variety of flights, seats and low-cost aviation, and the second axis is working to enhance the tourism expertise in Egypt. The third relies on bettering the tourism funding local weather,” Issa said.
The minister additionally identified that reaching 30 million vacationers yearly requires a rise within the progress fee of vacationer rooms in Egypt by 25% yearly to accommodate these numbers, and subsequently the ministry is working to encourage and entice tourism investments in Egypt, particularly because the state has spent quite a bit and succeeded in rehabilitating the infrastructure and regional roads.
Moreover, he said that the ministry is searching for a variety of lodge rooms, particularly three-star rooms, and distributing them to the governorates, particularly Luxor, Aswan and Qena, which urgently want lodge rooms, indicating that he’ll do a “Grasp Plan” for 3-star lodge rooms with the Ministry of Housing.
“At present we now have a imaginative and prescient of a lot of issues that the business suffers from, and we search to develop a scientific imaginative and prescient to cut back them, and I’m optimistic concerning the yr 2023,” the minister mentioned.
He showcased that there are 1,200 lodge institutions in Egypt, 1,325 vacationer eating places, greater than 2,400 vacationer points of interest, 480 diving facilities and marine actions, along with greater than 2,160 archaeological websites and 43 antiquities museums.
The Aviation Sector
The work on the present aviation incentive system will proceed till Could 1, 2023, as a part of the efforts of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to help the incoming vacationer motion to Egypt in gentle of the elevated demand to go to Egypt, he said.
Issa added that the variety of incoming vacationers has improved this present day, and in keeping with the official statistics that had been despatched to the United Nations World Tourism Group, what’s being achieved on the bottom of the state’s efforts has instantly contributed to restoring the tourism motion.
Issa added that within the coming interval, the main target can be on rising the capability of direct tourism aviation thrice the present capability, which is anticipated by means of incoming visitors from 12 overseas nations, whereas offering an applicable local weather and fertile atmosphere for funding, noting that the primary steps to work on rising the effectiveness of presidency efforts had been creating an correct description of the function of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities as an proprietor and operator, as a way to make the perfect use of the out there capabilities.
He added that his conferences with the associations of vacationer buyers through the previous interval witnessed an emphasis on the necessity for a typical language between the ministry and buyers, and continued understanding and joint work, to serve Egypt’s major objective of attracting 30 million vacationers.