Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby has met with Serbian officials to discuss ways of enhancing joint cooperation on tourism.
Shalaby’s meeting took place with Serbia’s Ambassador to Egypt Jugoslav Lj. Vukadinović and Palma Markovic Dragan, President and Founder of the United Serbia party and Member of the Serbian Parliament.
The meeting came as part of Dragan’s visit to Egypt, and was attended by Abdul Mohsin Shafi’i, supervisor of the Central Administration for Public and International Relations at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Shalaby started the meeting by stressing the interest in consolidating Egyptian-Serbian relations, especially in the field of tourism.
She also reviewed the efforts made by the Egyptian Government to support the country’s tourism sector, and the precautionary measures and health safety controls in place against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Combined, these aim to work towards the gradual and safe return of tourism and containing the consequences of the crisis caused by the pandemic.
For his part, Dragan stressed the importance of the Egyptian-Serbian relations, noting that Egypt is the second favourite tourist destination for citizens of his country after Greece.
This represents a good opportunity for Egyptian tourist destinations to attract more Serbian tourists.
The possibility of organising tourist trips for a number of Serbian doctors at the EU level to visit Egypt during the coming period was also discussed. This was in addition to the possibility of organising student trips to the Red Sea, and linking them to visits to Luxor and Aswan to attract school and university students.
Notably, Shalaby paid a promotional visit to Serbia last December with the aim of shedding light on the various tourist potentials offered by Egyptian tourism destinations. Her visit came as part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ strategy to attract more traffic to Egypt from promising tourism markets, including Serbia.