Ahmed Youssef, CEO of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board (ETPB) in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, attended an international summit on tourism recovery in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Youssef attended the event on behalf of Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, which was also attended by numerous African tourism ministers and industry leaders.
The aim of the summit is to discuss and review the precautionary measures and health and safety controls to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). It also examined the strategies and actions countries are taking to mitigate the economic impact of the global health crisis, as well as efforts to accelerate recovery and revitalize tourism.
This summit also sheds light on rediscovering new ways to build the African tourism sector, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus.
Youssef said the summit will be a strong platform for sharing tourism ideas and an opportunity to hold professional meetings with tourism representatives and officials from Africa.
This would help formulate comprehensive development strategies for the African tourism sector, especially against the background of numerous trade and economic agreements that bring Egypt together with its African neighbors.
He noted that African travel destinations are distinguished by their diversity, with the continent being a promising tourist market that attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.
During the summit, Egypt participated in the dialogue session on preparation for the resumption of tourism and the development of intra-African tourism.
Youssef spoke about the efforts of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to revive and revitalize the tourist movement during the COVID-19 crisis. This was done with the aim of ensuring the safety of workers in the industry as well as local and international tourists.
He explained that the Egyptian destination is characterized by its diversity and wealth, along with having a strong infrastructure that goes a long way in serving the tourism sector.
Youssef also spoke about the efforts of the Egyptian state to support the tourism sector and create incentives to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. It has put in place a number of recovery rules and applied precautionary measures, health and safety controls to ensure the tourist movement resumes.
This is in addition to Egypt’s eagerness to carry out sterilization and disinfection work in all tourist locations, museums, archaeological sites, airports and hotels.
He pointed to the end of the vaccination campaign for workers in the tourism sector in the Governorates of the Red Sea and South Sinai. He noted the significant increase in the number of tourists arriving to Egypt since tourism resumed the country in July 2020.
Youssef added that tourism is one of the most important and promising areas in Egypt achieving integration between African countries, the sector being a factor in developing sustainable development.
In the margins of this summit, he held a series of bilateral meetings with participating officials to discuss ways of developing relations between Egypt and various African countries. This included a meeting with tourism ministers and participating delegations from Kenya, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia and Botswana. During the meetings, Youssef suggested the idea of founding an African tourism organization.