Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa and Governor of Luxor Mostafa Alham held a meeting with a group of investors and representatives of the tourism sector in the governorate, along with parliamentary officials, on Saturday to discuss ways to push more incoming tourism movement to the governorate.
They also listened to proposals, visions, and ways of cooperation to develop the cultural tourism product during the coming period.
The governor said that Luxor enjoys many touristic and archaeological elements and constitute great cultural tourism products, pointing to the Egyptian state’s efforts to increase the movement of incoming tourism to Egypt and to the governorate in particular to develop its tourism industry.
For his part, Issa stressed the importance of the tourism industry in Egypt and what it represents for the national income, pointing to the Egyptian state’s support and interest in this industry and its keenness to increase the number of tourists coming to Egypt.
The minister also reviewed a set of general policies and axes that are currently being worked on within the framework of the national strategy for developing tourism in Egypt and increasing the volume of incoming tourism, stressing the importance of the mechanisms and operational plans that are being carried out in cooperation with the ministries and relevant authorities in the state and representatives of the private sector to fulfil the goal of this strategy.
During the meeting, a set of proposals was discussed and reviewed, and many of the attendees’ inquiries regarding advancing the tourism sector in Luxor were answered, including issues related to the work of anchorages for boats and tourist ships, setting up Innovative plans to promote the Egyptian tourist destination in the target markets, the importance of developing the tourism transportation system, paying attention to the human element in the sector and training along with raising and developing its skills and capabilities, raising tourism awareness for citizens and those dealing with tourists, and adding a tourism subject within the school curricula.
They also discussed a proposal to set an agenda for cultural events and activities to preserve and to pay attention to handicraft industries in the governorate throughout the year and the importance of working to raise the efficiency of services provided to tourists to improve their experience and increase their numbers.
This is Issa’s first visit to Luxor since he assumed the leadership of the ministry.