Egypt: A tourism veteran as the new Tourism Minister
Friday, 03. August 2012, 14:56
The tourism media source ETN announced today that Mohamed Abbas Zaazou to handle the tourism industry of Egypt.
Hisham Zaazou, formerly the senior assistant to Egypt’s
Minister of Tourism has been popular with his eco-war.
Zaazou comes to this position after 30+ years in the
public and private sectors. Beginning in 1980 in North America with
R&H Tourism Co., he expanded operations to Egypt. He then moved on to
Sakkara Travel as General Manager.
His interest in the role of the public sector and tourism
started when he was elected as the Director General of the Egyptian Tourism
Federation followed by his appointment as assistant to the Minister of Tourism
Some industry experts suggest that too many tourists
destroy a destination and Zaazou concurs, “If we don’t do anything, one day we
may lose even the great pyramids, because the congestion is humongous. It will
be a crime if we sabotage them.”
Zaazou believes that visitor numbers can be regulated;
projecting that Egypt can support 20-25 million tourists. The National
Sustainable Tourism Plan (NSTP) has been designed to provide regulatory means
to reach the sustainability objective.
Hisham Zaazou studied accounting at the Ain Sham
University in Cairo, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in
He received his post graduate certificate in Public
Private Partnerships from the Harvard/Kennedy School of Business and the UNWTO
certificate for courses in Tourism Sustainability, the New Consumer and New
Technologies for Promotion.(etn)
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