Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany said on Monday that citizens from 28 additional countries will now be able to apply for an electronic tourist visa to enter Egypt.
Egypt now offers the service for a total of 74 countries.
Anany also announced the launch of an application that can measure tourist satisfaction levels at Egyptian airports.
The news came during a meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Tourism and Antiquities, chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and attended by Egypt’s ministers of finance, local development, health, aviation, and the head of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce.
Anany discussed to his ministry’s efforts to push the tourism movement, including marketing campaigns to promote Egyptian tourist destinations and attract visitors from various international and Arab markets.
He said that leading these efforts is the “Egypt in the Eyes of the European Union Ambassadors” campaign, which features more than 20 short films posted by foreign ambassadors to promote Egypt’s tourist and archaeological sites, including the ambassadors of Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Denmark, Belgium and Bulgaria.
Furthermore, Anany announced that Egypt has a contract with a Canadian-English alliance to develop a promotional strategy for Egyptian tourism.
In the coming period, Egypt will host a number of events aimed at boosting tourism, as well as participate in exhibitions and conferences abroad, including the highly anticipated Expo 2020 Dubai, the minister said.
He also touched on Egypt’s tourism and archeological projects, including present and future plans aimed at generating investment in the sector.
For his part, Madbouly stressed the state’s keenness to improve the tourism sector through promoting tourism, which will contribute to its returns to the country’s GDP.
Madbouly also ordered the development of a domestic flight stimulus program that will link coastal cities with Upper Egypt and the Nile Valley, so tourists can enjoy an integrated experiences of beaches and antiquities.