Egypt Independent

Tourism minister hopes for 200,000 Chinese tourists per year



Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashid has announced plans for future agreements between airlines in China and Egypt to increase the number of Chinese tourists visiting Egypt to 200,000 a year.

About 115,000 Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 2015, recording an increase of 80 percent compared to 2014, according to Al-Shorouk newspaper website.

Rashid made the announcement in a press statement on the sidelines of a joint press conference with Antiquities Minister Khalid al-Anani and the Chinese ambassador to Cairo.

The three had gathered to speak to the press ahead of the first African-Chinese culture festival, to be held between July 21 and July 26.

The festival is a joint venture between the Egyptian Tourism Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, with a view to encouraging closer relations and cooperation between China and Africa, particularly Egypt.

The idea of ​​the festival was introduced during the African-Chinese Summit held in Johannesburg in 2015. Egypt was chosen to host the first event in 2016.