Chinese Visitors arrival to Egypt promising

Chinese Visitors arrival to Egypt promising

The Red Sea resorts in Egypt have been working hard recently on attracting the Chinese tourists, said Abdullah in an exclusive interview with Xinhua news service in China.

Therefore the number of Chinese tourists to Egypt is on the rise,” said Ahmed Abdullah, governor of the Red Sea province.

The Red Sea resorts in Egypt have been working hard recently on attracting the Chinese tourists, said Abdullah in an exclusive interview with Xinhua news service in China.

He attributed the large number of Chinese tourists to the visits of the two countries’ top leaders and their instructions to promote the exchange of tourists.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has visited China five times since he took office in 2014. The Red Sea governor expected an increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Egypt in 2019, as all the hotels in the province offer guidance in the Chinese language.

He added the hotels that accommodate the Chinese tourists are provided with guiding placards in Chinese.

Abdullah pointed out that a large number of the hotels’ staff will be given Chinese language courses for better communications with the tourists, highlighting that he was talking with the Chinese cultural consular in Egypt for arranging the courses in the province.

He said the Chinese tourists are “familiar with Egypt the same way that China is familiar with Egyptians.”

However, he pointed out that the tourism sector in Egypt has not been fully recovered after the political turmoil that caused the ouster of two former presidents and the chaos and insecurity it created afterward.

Tourism is a cornerstone of Egypt’s economy, a major source of income for millions of citizens and foreign exchange. But the sector suffered severely in the years following 2011’s popular uprising and was further hampered by a spate of militant attacks.

Abdullah also expected the return of the Russian tourists very soon after a recent visit of delegations from Moscow to the Red Sea airports.

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Indicators suggest the sector will earn about 9 billion dollars by the end of this year, according to a recent statement of the Tourism Ministry, which added a greater tourism flow was expected from Italy, Germany, and Ukraine towards the end of 2018.

The figure, if realized, would mark a jump from last year’s 7.6 billion dollars, the statement added.

Egypt ranks first as the most visited tourist destination in Africa by Chinese tourists, according to the “2018 Chinese Citizens Africa Tourism Report” released by CYTS Travel Network.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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