Hon. Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou appointed to lead Egyptian tourism
Fantastic news for Egypt tourism says International Council of Tourism Partners
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) extended its congratulations to the Hon. Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou as the new Minister of Tourism for Egypt.
Commenting from his home in Brussels, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Council of Tourism Partners, welcomed the announcement enthusiastically, stating:" This is fantastic news for Egypt, for its travel and tourism industry and in fact for the whole sector worldwide. I've known and worked closely with Hisham for 20 years.
He is a thoughtful man with a strong international experience and a massive commitment to the well being of the sector. ICTP for its part will work with the new Minister and his team to advance our belief in green growth and quality at a destination level. A belief that he shares - as we discussed together at the recent Rio+20 Earth Summit. We will also be proactive in using our global network to support new strategies from the Ministry that will help rebuild the vibrant Egyptian Travel & Tourism Industry."
The Hon. Hisham was appointed by the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt in May 2007 as the Assistant Minister of Tourism and was then promoted to Senior Assistant Minister of Tourism (the equivalent of Deputy Minister) in charge of multi-faceted responsibilities cross-cutting in various activities of the Ministry of Tourism to achieve both short- and long-term goals for Egypt’s “Sustainable Tourism Strategy” up to the year 2020. Previous to this, the Egyptian Tourism Federation Board unanimously appointed him as the Director General in 2004. He has extensive prior experience working for decades in the travel and tourism sector, as well as private industry.
With his relevant professional experience, he has a sound in-depth understanding of current national and international tourism trends, environmental issues, and technological developments that impact the future of the tourism industry. Additionally, participation in international travel fairs, seminars, workshops, bilateral negotiations, and meetings, have provided foresight into analyzing markets and competitor behavior. The Hon. Hisham has traveled extensively overseas travel, providing him with a valuable asset in networking and consultation.