In an expanded meeting today, Monday, of the Committee on Culture, Tourism, Antiquities, and Information in the Senate, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, reviewed, in a detailed presentation, the strategy of his ministry during the coming period in light of Egypt’s Vision 2030.
The minister also presented the most prominent achievements of the ministry during the past period and features of the situation of current tourism and archaeological sites.
Today’s sitting was started by Senator Mahmoud Muslim, head of the committee, by giving a speech in which he welcomed the attendees and the minister.
He pointed out that this sitting came to review the strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in light of Egypt’s Vision 2030.
He stressed the committee’s interest in the tourism and antiquities sector.
The committee was keen to host the minister, pointing so today’s meeting comes at an important time, especially with the imminent opening of Rams’ Road) in a festive event in Luxor.
Dr. Khaled El-Anani began his speech by expressing his appreciation to the committee and the esteemed council.
He indicated the importance of the tourism industry, which is one of the main pillars of the national economy as it contributes to providing job opportunities for 3 million Egyptians who work directly and indirectly in the sector.
The minister also pointed to the importance of the antiquities sector by saying that the Egyptian antiquities are the most precious thing we have, and the ancient Egyptian civilization is a pride for all of us.
He talked about the beginning of the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, as it was established as one ministry in the government of Ali Sabri in March 1964, after which both of them were separated, and then they have merged into one ministry again in December 2019, with the aim of integration between the two sectors as well as between the work of the two ministries.
He also reviewed all sectors in the ministry, and their organizational structure after merging the two portfolios of tourism and antiquities together in one ministry.
He talked about the current strategy of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for sustainable development – Vision 2030, which came in light of the integration between the two sectors.
He added that the goal of achieving this strategy is to advance the tourism and antiquities sectors in Egypt and make optimal use of the state’s tourism, natural, human and archaeological resources and work to ensure their sustainability, provide a distinct and advanced infrastructure and service in them to increase Egypt’s competitiveness.
The minister also indicated that more than 80 projects have been completed to restore, develop and secure antiquities.
He pointed to the most prominent archaeological openings, including the opening of the museums of Sharm El-Sheikh and Kafr El-Sheikh and the royal vehicles in Bulaq and Sohag National Museum, in addition to the inauguration of his Excellency the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis, Al-Azhar Mosque, and the parade of the Royal Mummies, the inauguration of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, and the inauguration by the Prime Minister of the Archeology Museum in Hurghada, and the inauguration of the Pyramid of Djoser.
He talked about the ministry’s efforts in the field of digital transformation, pointing out that the ministry launched a service to send text messages to tourists on their mobile phones upon their arrival at Egyptian airports to welcome them and introduce them to the hotline number launched by the ministry to serve tourists and to answer their inquiries and listen to their suggestions or complaints.
The text could be sent to police and ambulance emergency numbers to get their services.
He revealed that the ministry has launched the official website of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, the first reservation platform for electronic tickets, in addition to starting the operation of electronic payment machines in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
Translated by Ahmed Moamar