Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities participated on Sunday, via video conference, in a session entitled "The Future of Sustainable Tourism in Egypt", held by the Egyptian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, on the concept of green tourism and ecotourism.
The online event was attended by Dr. Nashwa Talaat, Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Sustainable Tourism, Hoda Al-Shawadfi, Assistant Minister of Environment for Ecotourism Affairs, Alaa Aqel, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Hotel Establishments Chamber, and Amani Nakhla, Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNPD).
In her word during the session, Talaat highlighted the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities' efforts in supporting responsible and sustainable ecotourism, which aims at preserving the environment.
She also referred to the 'Green Star' Certificate Program, which is considered one of the environmental accreditation certificates designed specifically for the hotel sector in Egypt and includes internationally recognized standards set by specialized agencies in the sustainable tourism field.
Moreover, Talaat also talked about the launching of the "Green Fins" brand and its official integration into the ping and marine activities sector, pointing out that this initiative is being implemented in cooperation with the Environment Ministry, the Diving and Marine Activities' Chamber, and South Sinai Governorate.
She added that Egypt has started implementing the "Green Fins" initiative to protect coral reefs and marine life by applying environmentally friendly guidelines to encourage the sustainability of marine tourism.
In addition, Talaat also referred to the tourism sector's need for many of these initiatives, which must be implemented by all concerned business partners in order to achieve mutual benefit and improve the level of services provided.
In 2020, the ministry set the sustainable development agenda, which aims to preserve natural resources and heritage sites in line with achieving the UN sustainable development goals and the sustainable development plan: Egypt's Vision 2030, Talaat added.
She also noted that the ministry is working to promote many initiatives and go towards renewable energy technologies in the hotel sector, in cooperation with various local and international development partners, which has led to an increase in demand for this type.
The ministry has organized a number of workshops for hotels in this regard, Talaat continued.
Contributed by Nada Mustafa