Sisi urges harmony between tourism, antiquities industries
Tuesday، 31 December 2019 - 12:10 PM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the government to provide a crystallized vision for achieving integration and harmony between the tourism and antiquities industries.
Sisi gave his orders during a meeting on Monday 30/12/2019 with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el Anani.
The president called for improving the tourism sector by combining entertainment tourism with archaeological tourism to maximize the benefits of the charming tourist attractions in Egypt.
He also urged the government to work for promoting the tourism sector's competitiveness to boost economic growth, create job opportunities and remove any obstacles facing tourism investors and workers, Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said.
Moreover, Sisi ordered moving several artifacts to the Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo so that it will be on par with the world's most famous squares that are embellished by pharaonic antiquities.
The meeting also took up the ministry's projects, current as well as future plans and the ministry's vision after merging the ministries of tourism and antiquities into one portfolio, the spokesman added.
Enani posted the president on the latest developments in the antiquities sector, including recent opened projects and discoveries.
Sisi was also briefed on the progress in several under-construction projects undertaken by the ministry, topped by the Giza Plateau development project, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Ain Al Sira in Old Cairo neighbourhood.
The meeting also tackled the ministry's ongoing efforts to restore the Baron Email Palace in Heliopolis and develop the Old Cairo suburb of Sur Magra El Oyoun and several archaeological areas nationwide, including San Al Hajar archaeological site in Sharkia governorate and the Djoser pyramid complex.
It also addressed the efforts afoot to develop the tourism sector, especially in terms of improving the sector's organizational and administrative structure, in coordination with relevant state bodies, Rady noted.