Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, said that the tourism sector recovered about 60% of its dues with travel agents and foreign tour operators, after efforts made by the ministry in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The minister added to the “Stock Exchange” that the ministry is conducting intensive contacts with foreign tour operators, despite the conditions that the sector is experiencing worldwide due to the Coronavirus to prepare for the post-pandemic, in light of some countries providing coronavirus vaccines.
He said, “Our contacts with foreign partners and major international companies do not stop, and we have a close relationship with these agencies. The Egyptian tourism sector is getting sick, not dying, and is able to restore its flows.”
Kamel Abu Ali, head of the Tourism Investors Association in the Red Sea, said that the Egyptian tourism sector has a strong and close relationship with foreign companies for more than 30 years with some companies, and the current period is a difficult period for everyone working in tourism.
Abu Ali added: “Many companies have paid large parts of the Egyptian companies’ dues, despite the difficult conditions that everyone lives and everyone who works in the sector, and most of these companies are serious institutions and have the reputation that keeps them.”
Al-Anani said that the tourist numbers that visited Egypt last year amounted to 3.5 million tourists, with revenues of about 4 billion dollars, compared to 11.6 million tourists, who achieved 13.03 billion dollars during 2019.
He added: “In light of the current conditions that the world is experiencing with the Corona pandemic, the numbers are not the only goal, but rather the reputation of the Egyptian tourist destination, and not hitting any tourist is the target.”
Al-Anani stated that the rates of tourism growth in numbers and revenues in January and February of last year reached about 80%, which means that the year would have achieved high growth rates from the previous year, but the circumstances of Corona and the implementation of precautionary measures led to a decline in numbers and revenues.
Egypt resumed receiving international tourist trips to 3 governorates, including the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh, from last July, by setting operational rules so that occupancy rates do not exceed 50% of the tourism facility’s capacity.
The head of the Red Sea Tourism Investors Association said, “I expect growth in tourist flows to Egypt, starting from next March and April. Our contacts with foreign tourism agents make us more optimistic about the improvement of the situation.” The number of hotels that obtained business licenses according to the new regulations reached about 700 hotels out of a total of 1,200 hotels.
The article «Anani»: The tourism sector has recovered 60% of its dues from foreign tour operators. It was written in the Al Borsa newspaper.