Greek-Egyptian Forum Paves Way for Further Tourism Cooperation

Boosting tourism cooperation between Greece and Egypt was on the forefront of a discussion board held in Cairo on Monday, which introduced collectively professionals from each international locations to discover partnerships.

The primary Greek-Egyptian Tourism Discussion board happened following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and her Egyptian counterpart in February.

In the course of the begin of the discussion board, representatives of the Egyptian Tourism Ministry thanked Greek Minister Kountoura for Greece’s presence and efficient assist to Egypt. They applauded the launch of of the discussion board, which creates new prospects for cooperation in tourism, a precedence space for each international locations.

On her half, Minister Kountoura expressed her condolences to the Egyptian individuals for the lack of lives onboard the EgyptAir Flight MS804 that crashed into the Mediterranean early Thursday. She then referred to the essential position tourism performs in making certain situations of stability, prosperity, safety and growth within the area and offered the robust efficiency of Greek tourism and expressed her assist in the direction of the event of bilateral tourism relations with Egypt.

The discussion board was attended by 25 Greek journey brokers and representatives of varied sectors of the tourism market in Greece who held B2B conferences with Egyptian tourism professionals.

Whereas in Cairo, Minister Kountoura attended a gathering along with her Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Yehia Rashed, at Egypt’s tourism ministry and mentioned potential cooperations for the launch of cruise routes within the southeastern Mediterranean for 2017 and festivals to advertise tradition and tourism.

The Egyptian media gave intensive protection to Minister Kountoura’s presence in Cairo because it was the primary go to by a international dignitary after the nation’s latest occasions.

In accordance with experiences, Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 p.c of the nation’s GDP, has been affected by ongoing shocks ever because the 2011 rebellion that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Europe accounts for 72 p.c of Egypt’s annual tourism to Egypt, in line with the Egyptian tourism ministry.