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The WTO encourages Egyptian tourism

The secretary general, Taleb Rifai, has suggested that the organization is fully confident in the recovery of tourism in Egypt during his tour around the country.

"Egypt has undertaken strong initiatives in terms of communications with the competent authorities and public opinion in source markets on safety and security issue, unlocking the support of airlines and tour operators, incentivizing demand and engaging key players in Egypt in these concerted efforts. I trust these actions will herald results in restoring confidence and accelerating the recovery of tourism to Egypt," declared Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary general.

Taleb Rifai is confideant about the recovery of the industry that has been suffering since the Metro Jet charter crashed and terrorist attacks in January, dissuading tourists from going to the destination. Thus, with 5.6 billion euros in 2015, the revenue on the sector fell 15% with respect to the previous year, according to official statistics.

Nonetheless the country is investing in its recovery. The government freed up 250 million Egyptian pounds (close to 32 million dollars) to strengthen security for tourists, particularly by installing video surveillance systems in the beach resorts of Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada, and built into private video surveillance systems of hotels.

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