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New Chairman appointed for Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board

The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board has appointed Ahmed Yousef as its new chairman. The country's Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat selected Yousef to lead the organisation. Yousef has worked on marketing and brand strategies for several multi-national companies such as Sony Electronics, ExxonMobil and biotech company Syngenta. He started the role with immediate effect after the former chairman Hisham El Demery resigned in March.

New Chairman appointed for Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board

Ahmed Yousef has been appointed as the new chairman of the Egypt Tourism Promotion Board. Yousef was selected by Rania Al-Mashat, the Minister of Tourism to lead the organisation.

Yousef has already begun the role at the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, after the former chairman, Hisham El Demery, stepped down last month. Prior to his new role which will lead tourism in Egypt, Yousef worked in marketing and branding roles at a number of multi-national companies such as Sony Electronics, ExxonMobil and biotech company Syngenta. He holds bachelor of mechanical engineering, as well as a Masters in business administration.

This week, the former chairperson of the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF), Elhamy El-Zayyat, and a member of the board of directors of the Egyptian Chamber Hotel, Haitham Nassar, announced a new strategy which will help develop the tourism sector in Egypt within the next two years. The two-year plan aims to attract 16.6 million tourists to Egypt between now and 2020, and is in cooperation with Abla Abdullatif, the chairperson of the Egyptian Centre for Economic Studies (ECES).

Mr Abdullatif, explained: 

“The strategy aims to make Egypt a high-quality tourism destination by 2020. We could not develop a vision that applies for a longer period of time because global tourism changes very fast.

“We have a goal for each market based on the size of its population and kind of activity. We divided activities into four different groups based on tourist spending.

“Spending rates for the various tourism patterns start from less than $25 to up to $250 per night.”

Egypt is a country that sits in the northeast corner of Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, between Africa, Asia and Europe. The nation is home to ancient monuments and is rich in history and heritage. Home to some of the world’s famous historic monuments, temples and sites, the destination has always been a hotspot for international tourists.

Holidaymakers can visit the world-famous pyramids, explore the Valley of the Kings, sail along the world’s longest river, the Nile, or go scuba diving in the Red Sea. Popular tourist destinations include the capital city of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and the coastal resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh.

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