Monthly Archives: September 2011

World celebrated World Tourism Day in Aswan, Egypt

View across the River Nile at Aswan.

View across the River Nile at Aswan.

As the world celebrates World Tourism Day on 27 September, experts in the field of tourism and culture have underscored the need for local community engagement in tourism development at the official celebrations in Egypt.

“The importance of this day cannot be underestimated,” said the Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, opening the celebrations. “Tourism has become one of the most important components of nations, economically, socially and culturally, and this needs to be recognized”.

Events in Aswan included a High Level Think Tank on the 2011 theme, Tourism – Linking Cultures, at which industry leaders, Ministers of Tourism and academics debated the role of tourism in mutual understanding, human enrichment, tolerance and peace. “Cultural heritage is ultimately an expression of the people,” said United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) representative, Peter Debrine. “This expression is shared with tourists and it is this interaction which makes tourism such an important vehicle for promoting cross-cultural understanding”.  During the debate, moderated by CNN TASK’s Anita Mendiratta, the importance of involving and engaging with local communities in order to facilitate tourism’s potential to link cultures was repeatedly highlighted.

Egypt’s once lucrative tourism industry has started to recover after an uprising in January nearly paralysed it, but the number of visitors this year will still fall 25%, the tourism minister said on Tuesday.

Egypt has managed to bring back tourism after the events in January,” Munir Fakhry Abdel Nur told AFP on the sidelines of the World Tourism Day ceremony, held this year in the historic southern Egyptian city of Aswan.

“We expect the number of tourists to reach 11 million by the end of the year with revenues of up to $10 billion, which would bring us up to 75 percent of tourist arrivals compared to last year,” he said.

Tourism has made a come-back in the large Red Sea resorts, such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, but it is slower in Cairo and in the heritage sites of Luxor and Aswan, authorities say.

Official figures show the magnitude of the problem: tourism was off 45.7 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier and 35.4 percent in the second quarter.

July figures show a decrease in tourist arrivals of 28 percent from the year-earlier month.

The tourism industry supports 10 percent of the active population.

Perched on the banks of the Nile, Aswan, the site of the ancient city of Syene, boasts some of the country’s top ancient Egyptian treasures.

A popular winter resort, Aswan has seen a major slump in tourist arrivals since the January 25 revolution that toppled the regime of president Hosni Mubarak.

The industry was virtually paralysed after footage of 18 days of deadly protests was broadcast around the world.

“Traditionally the volume of tourism is split around 80 percent on the Red Sea coast and 20 percent in the Nile valley for the archaeology there,” Abdel Nur said.

“But in this period, tourists have avoided the valley because the political activity is centred in the capital and in the large cities, so people have preferred to head to the beaches, which are relatively far away,” he said.

Egypt has launched a massive promotional campaign to entice visitors.

The country “is totally secure” and “does not present any danger to visitors,” the minister said.

Abdel Nur also wants to reach out to visitors from emerging markets like China, India, Brazil and Argentina.

“We want to get off the beaten track. We must look at new economic forces, which have become important markets,” he said.

The plan is also to “diversify the offer.” Abdel Nur wants to go beyond the country’s beaches and heritage sites, marketing ecology and therapy tourism.

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Foreign missions to resume excavations in Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

Starting early September, after the end of the eid holiday, 75 archaeological missions will resume excavation projects in Egypt, announced Mohamed Ismail, Director of the Permanent Committee and Foreign Missions Affairs at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

Several foreign missions had halted their operations in Egypt in light of the January uprising and ongoing security void. Many foreign embassies had asked their missions to leave Egypt.

Ismail told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the restoration of security and stability in Egypt has reflected positively on the work of foreign missions, adding that the SCA has recently received requests for 15 new foreign missions from the US, Italy and Germany to excavate archeological sites.

Egypt is currently studying the requests, which include proposals for excavations in the Delta region as well as western and eastern deserts.

 

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Reference : almasryalyoum.com

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Smugglers increasingly target Egypt’s artifacts !

International smugglers increasingly target Egypt's artifacts

International smugglers increasingly target Egypt's artifacts

Metro-New York recently reported that three New York men were arrested for smuggling 2000-year-old Egyptian artifacts into the US from the United Arab Emirates by lying custom officials about the contents of their luggage. In this case, the antiquities were worth US$2.5 million.

Experts say the discovered amount is only the tip of the smuggling iceberg.

Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and a leading expert on animal mummies, says the smuggling begins in various sites in Egypt and ends up in the hands of antiquity dealers in Europe, the US, and some areas in the Gulf.

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