Tourism minister: Developers must be serious or lose their land

Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has warned investors in land intended for tourism-related purposes that their land will be confiscated if they do not appear to be taking their responsibilities seriously.

“Land will be withdrawn from investors who are not serious,” said Abdel Nour, referring to state-owned land sold for investors to build projects serving tourism.

Speaking to the Arab Tourism Forum on Thursday, Abdel Nour said investors must abide by the conditions and timetables stipulated by the ministry for their projects.

Declining to disclose the names of investors from whom land had already been withdrawn, Abdel Nour said he deliberately did not look at the names because he knows most of them personally.

Nour called on all Arab countries to simplify procedures for granting visas to Arab nationals so as to encourage inter-Arab tourism. “Egypt will be the first country to do so,” he said.

“The security situation at major Egyptian tourism destinations is excellent,” he said. “But tourists consider the security of the whole country and not certain parts of it.”


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