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Egypt, Jordan Discuss Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation in Tourism

Fri 10 May 2024 | 10:06 PM
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Ahmed Issa, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, hosted Jordanian counterpart Makram Al-Qaisi at the ministry's headquarters in the New Administrative Capital, during his current official visit to Egypt.

Issa welcomed the Jordanian Minister to his second home, Egypt, praising the deep bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields, including tourism and antiquities.

During the discussion, Issa highlighted the four tourism products that the ministry is currently focusing on, as Egypt's tourist destination enjoys a significant competitive advantage in them.

He emphasized that marketing these products has greatly contributed to achieving the tourism industry's targets in Egypt.

He explained that about 800 million global tourists travel for these products, which include cultural tourism, adventure tourism, beach tourism, and family tourism, as well as tourists seeking integrated and diverse tourism experiences.

The Egyptian minister Ahmed also mentioned the "Reviving the Holy Family Journey Route" project, which the Egyptian government, represented by the Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities and Local Development, along with other relevant authorities, is giving significant attention to.

He highlighted efforts to develop and improve tourist services at points along the route to ensure their readiness for operation and receiving visitors.

The Minister mentioned that the ministry is currently working on operating long Nile cruises between Cairo and Aswan, especially trips passing through the governorates of Minya, Assiut, and Sohag, which will create a new tourist experience for visiting the points along these governorates.

He briefly reviewed the tourism and archaeological assets of the new cultural product "Cairo City Break," which will make Cairo a standalone tourist destination, thereby increasing the number of tourist nights in the city.

On his part, the Jordanian minister showcased Jordan's various tourism assets, especially in religious tourism, whether for Islamic or Christian pilgrimage. He also discussed the rich areas in Jordan known for their therapeutic tourism.

The meeting also discussed a proposal for regional cooperation and the development of a joint tourism product to visit the points along the Holy Family journey route in both Egypt and Jordan.

Additionally, preparations for a comprehensive product combining spa tourism and cultural tourism between the two countries through organizing joint tourism programs and mutual promotion efforts were discussed.