Egypt will hold a tourism exhibition to speed up the recovery from Covid-19 and promote itself as a tourist destination.
The Gate Travel Expo, which will take place September 6-9 in Cairo, will attract more than 10,000 visitors and 200 companies from at least 56 countries, organizers said.
“Egypt deserves to be on the map of world tourism to a much greater extent,” said Amr El Kadi, executive director of the State Council for the Promotion of Tourism of Egypt, at the opening event of the show on Monday evening.
“It will draw attention to Egypt. At the same time, it is important to organize many different conferences in the country,” he said.
The North African country will also host the UN Cop27 climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.
Tourism has started to recover around the world after travel restrictions were eased, now that 60 percent of the world’s population has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and countries have largely adjusted to life amid the pandemic.
According to the UN World Trade Organization, international flights almost tripled in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2021.
However, over the same period, international tourist arrivals were still 61% below 2019 pre-pandemic levels.
The difficult economic situation, combined with the war between Russia and Ukraine, “poses a negative risk to the continued recovery of international tourism,” UNWTO said.
Egypt welcomed just 3.6 million tourists in 2020, less than a quarter of those who visited the country in 2019, as the pandemic wiped out $17.6 billion from the country’s economy and resulted in the loss of 844,000 tourism and travel jobs, including year.
The Russo-Ukrainian War has also heavily impacted the tourism sector, with Russian and Ukrainian tourists typically making up at least a third of Egypt’s 10+ million visitors.
In the past year, Egypt has held several high-profile events to attract media attention and attract public attention, including the golden parade of 22 royal mummies of the pharaohs through the streets of Cairo and the opening of the Alley of Sphinxes in Luxor. He also promoted the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled to open later this year.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of the country pays special attention to archaeological discoveries, such as the latest discovery of 250 sarcophagi and 150 bronze statuettes in Saqqara.
“These discoveries are very important because they will bring cultural tourism back to Egypt,” renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said at the event via Zoom.
“2022 will be a very important year for the whole world,” he said, highlighting the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb on November 4. Rumor has it that the opening of the GEM will coincide with this anniversary.