By Hassan El-Khawaga
BERLIN, March 7 (SEE) – Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat said that Egyptian hotels started in developing its classification system to cope up with the international criteria in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization.
Mashat’s remarks came during her meeting with CEO of Thomas Cook Group Peter Fankhauser while discussing ways of boosting the tourists’ number flocking to Egypt on the sidelines of ITB Berlin.
The minister pointed out that since assuming her position, she dreamed of changing the traditional image of tourism in Egypt and improving its competitive position worldwide, adding that matter couldn’t be achieved without a clear and modern vision to achieve the sustainable development goals in the tourism sector.
Fankhauser, on his part, voiced Thomas Cook’s interest in cooperating with the Egyptian Tourism Ministry in beefing up the incoming tourism, hailing the charter flight incentive program’s role in increasing their clients’ demands to visit Egypt.
“Thomas Cook is set to open two new hotels in El Gouna by the end of this year, according to a partnership agreement signed between the British travel company and Orascom Development Holding,” Frankhauser stated.
Both officials agreed on developing tourism programs for Chinese clients to increasingly visit Egypt.