Egypt beats Turkey to organise Polish Chamber of Tourism conference

Shaimaa Al-Aees
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The Polish Chamber of Tourism (PIT) is set to hold its annual meeting in Marsa Alam, from November 25 to 2 December.

The event gathers representatives from 200 participating travel agencies, a number of Polish parliamentarians, and representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, according to Hisham Al-Damiri, chairperson of the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Al-Damiri told Daily News Egypt that Egypt has won the race to organise the annual PIT conference after strong competition with a group of other countries that have offered to host the meeting, led by Turkey.

Al-Damiri noted that the reason Egypt won is its intensive communications and public relations campaign for nearly a year.

He pointed out that his authority is studying mechanisms to enhance aspects of tourism cooperation between Egypt and Poland and the formation of a joint committee from both sides, including the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism and PIT. This aims to exchange experience on the continued development of Egyptian tourism in general.  In addition, the Polish side would provide Egypt with developments in the Polish tourism market.

PIT President Pawel Niewiadomski pointed out that Egypt is undergoing rapid developments to attract and stimulate tourism.

Niewiadomski noted that the Red Sea received 110,900 Polish tourists last year, and in the current year is witnessing a remarkable increase compared to the last year. Polish tourists come in sixth place in the Red Sea region, where German tourists come at the top, followed by Ukrainians.

In the first eight months of 2017, the number of tourists reached 5.161 million, compared to 3.617 million in the same period of 2016.

According to businessperson Shady Samir, the current tourism indicators are “more than positive”, despite the absence of the English and Russian markets from Sharm El-Sheikh at present. There are many other markets experiencing a very large boom and growth, such as German and Italian tourism, or newer target markets, such as Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, Indian, and Chinese tourism.

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