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Egypt, Greece, Cyprus agree on implementing "cruise tourism" project

Saturday، 10 March 2018 - 02:59 PM

Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat said that Egypt, Greece and Cyprus agreed on implementing "cruise tourism" project.

A statement issued by the Tourism Ministry on Friday 09/03/2018 said that the Egyptian tourism minister had a meeting with her Greek and Cypriot counterparts Elena Kountoura and Yiorgos Lakkotrypis on the sidelines of the 2018 ITB Berlin that will run till March 11.

During the meeting, Mashat said that they agreed on finalizing arrangements to start implementing the first "cruise tourism" project between the three countries.

The three ministers had plenary talks on ways devised by Greece to rebound tourism following the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 that had a significant impact on international tourism, the most severe so far in the last decades, the statement said.

Mashat invited Kountoura and Lakkotrypis to hold a trilateral meeting in Cairo after the tripartite technical committee finalized its work, the statement added.

In November 2017, a Cooperation Protocol was signed between the three countries on cruise tourism during the 5th Trilateral Summit between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

"Cruise tourism" is a form of travelling for leisure purposes, involving an all-inclusive holiday on a cruise ship of at least 48 hours.

Egypt is participating in the ITB with a 1,125-square-meter pavilion, comprising 100 tourist companies and hotels besides the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chambers, the Tourism Companies Chamber, the Hotels Chamber and EgyptAir.


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