UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has congratulated Mr. Muhammad Morsi on his election as Egypt’s new President and applauded his support for the tourism sector, as expressed in the President’s first speech after taking office.
“We will work together to encourage investment in all
sectors, and restore the role of tourism for the benefit of the Egyptian
economy and every citizen in Egypt,” said Mr. Morsi in his first speech as
“I warmly congratulate President Morsi on his recent win
and welcome his strong commitment to tourism, a major pillar of the Egyptian
economy,” said Mr. Rifai, “Tourism to Egypt, one of the leading foreign
exchange earners and job creators in the country, is showing clear signs of
recovery, boosted by political support at the highest level. UNWTO offers its
full support to the Egyptian tourism sector and will continue to work closely
with the relevant authorities towards its full recovery.”
Fourteen million international tourists arrived into Egypt
in 2010, generating US$13 billion in tourism receipts. While arrivals were down
32 percent in 2011, following the pro-democracy movement that swept across
North Africa and the Middle East, results for the first 5 months of 2012 show
arrivals up 29 percent.
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