HE Hisham Zaazou extends mandate as Egypt’s Minister of Tourism

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Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has formed his new government assigning once again the Ministry of Tourism position to Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou, well-known for having held this position from August 2012 to March 2015.

Born in 1954, Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou graduated in 1976 from the Faculty of Economics at Ain Shams University and began his career with the City Bank Group with which he worked for 5 years in Cairo. Later he spent more than 25 years of his career in the tourism sector. From 1980 to 1982 he was Director of R & H Voyages of Los Angeles, a travel agency he created in the US along with a sole shareholder to increase tourism to the Egyptian market.

Given the huge success of his initiative, from 1982 to 1994 he decided to open a representative office of the same agency in Cairo, building and managing personally a whole network of contacts between airlines, hotels, and the industry, and personally managing sales, marketing, and staff training.

From 1995 to 2003 he served as General Manager of the Cairo Sakkara Travel Group, one of the 10 most important incoming agencies in Egyptian tourism. From 2004 to 2007 Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou was General Manager of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors and executive decision-makers, and he was the first Egyptian to be elected to the board of the business council of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

From 2007 to 2012 he was appointed by the former Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, as Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism, and was soon after awarded the title of Deputy Minister of Tourism with the responsibility to follow the different projects of the ministry in the short- and long-term for the pursuit and achievement of important objectives, particularly that of “Strategies for Sustainable Tourism” until 2020.

Recently he has also been designated by the Tourism Ministry to be in charge of the Green Unit at the Ministry of Tourism and as the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Tourism headed by the Prime Minister. From August 2012 to March 2015 he finally held the position of Minister of Tourism under the Egyptian government Morsi and then under the rule of Al Sisi.