Trump, EU chief to meet in Davos as US tariffs loom over digital tax: Sources    Egypt's tycoon Nassef Sawiris is Africa's second richest person    Europe stocks in green as China's GDP grows as expected; Stoxx 600 hit records high    Floods, road closures in Australia as storms lash some bushfire-hit regions    Gargash: UAE unreservedly supports Germany efforts to bring peace in Libya    Live score: Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa (English Premier League)    Inter Milan sign wing-back Ashley Young from United    Bale, Ramos ruled out for Real Madrid's clash against Sevilla, Benzema returns    Egypt's expected to see 5.8% 2020 GDP growth: UN report    Al-Hariri condemns Al Hamra attacks, amid protesters smashing central bank    Sudanese army regains control, opens airspace    France, US request to join East Mediterranean Gas Forum    Egypt's interior ministry says Mostafa Kassem received fair trial, was convicted terrorist    Three Egyptians on Forbes Africa's Billionaires' top 10 list    Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec    China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls    Art Alert: Bibliotheca Alexandrina to screen Oscar Shorts and star-studded films from Arab world    Screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy's 'Ras El-Sana' to hit Egyptian cinemas in February    Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 89    China, U.S. sign initial trade pact but doubts and tariffs linger    European shares edge higher after US-China trade deal    Egypt is best tourism destination for 2020 according to BBC    Washington meeting on GERD continues for third day    Egypt will not allow Anadolu's continuous ‘support of terrorism': senior official    Government launches Upper Egypt's first cultural festival    GERD filling will consider Blue Nile hydrological conditions, potential impact on downstream reservoirs: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, US and WB    Egypt names executive head of comprehensive health insurance authority – ministry    New study finds Ocean acidification does not affect behaviour of coral reef fish    Nancy Ajram's husband charged with ‘intentional' murder    Trump, British PM Johnson agree on a ‘Trump deal' for Iran    6th of October Rotary club trains undergrads for teaching literacy workshops    BBC names Egypt as best tourism destination for 2020    Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee    WHO says new China coronavirus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide    Smooth mid-year    Ethiopian Dam talks to continue in Washington on Wednesday : Ministry    Inconclusive GERD negotiations    Mission Africa continues    Parliament approves three-month extension of state of emergency    Berlin Film Festival announces retrospective programme    NBE studies establishment of rowing club in Cairo    Egyptian sports in 2020: challenges and opportunities    Tough Mudder obstacle course race takes place for first time in Egypt    Egypt approves Uber's acquisition of Careem with set conditions    Egypt's Zamalek, Smouha presidents hit with disciplinary sanctions by EFA    Egypt's President Sisi pardons some prisoners on 25 Jan. Revolution anniversary    Egypt's Sami Anan released after near two-year detention    Liverpool's Mohamed Salah optimistic to see Egypt at 2022 World Cup    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Parliament's tourism committee holds meetings with investors on unified tourism bill
Published in Daily News Egypt on 01 - 03 - 2018

Parliament's tourism and aviation committee will start to hold meetings with members of the Tourism Investors Association and the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chamber to hear their views concerning the unified tourism bill, according to Adel Rady, chairperson of the Tourism Investors Association at Marsa Alam.
He told Daily News Egypt that the aim of these meetings is for the private sector to participate in the roadmap of the tourism sector, which is planned to take place in the coming period after the changes the sector witnessed over the past seven years.
Last year witnessed an increase in the number of tourist arrivals to Egypt, as it reached 8.3 million tourists compared to 4.5 million during the previous year.
Tourism revenues jumped to $7.6bn in 2017, a growth of 123.5% compared to the previous year, due to the increase of tourist arrivals, especially from Germany and some Eastern European countries.
Sahar Talaat Moustafa, chairperson of the tourism and aviation committee of parliament, said that the coming period will witness the development of the legal and legislative framework that will add more structure to the tourism sector, which will take place in cooperation with the government and the private sector.
Talaat Moustafa did not explain whether the tourism committee will be the entity drafting the unified tourism law and submit it to the cabinet or the government.
She pointed out that the past period witnessed many meetings with officials from the Ministries of Tourism, Antiquities, and Aviation to develop an integrated vision concerning the sector, and to discuss more issues on funding, training, and tourism infrastructure.
Tarek Adham, a member of the Tourism Investors Association in the Red Sea, said that the tourism sector requires legal rules that are completely different from rules and regulations issued before 2011. He explained that many changes have taken place lately in terms of the problems facing the growth of that sector.
He explained, "the political situation in Egypt during the past period is stable and there will be more stability after the presidential election at the end of March, and there should be measures to prepare for the resumption of Russian and British flights to the Red Sea by the middle of this year."
Russia stopped its touristic flights after the downing of the Metrojet airplane in October 2015, while the UK halted all its flights to Sharm El-Sheikh until present. Adham mentioned that there are many issues which should be examined before the issuing of the new law, on the top of which are issues of training, financing projects, and the fees of flight companies.
The Ministry of Tourism has ruled out setting a minimum price for hotel rooms, as it violates the rules of competitiveness among different hotels.
Ahmed Balba, head of the tourism committee of the Egyptian Businessmen's Association, said that the Law on the Protection of Competition and the Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices has an exception related to damages affecting hotels and companies. He added that there are indeed damages occurring, in addition to losses to the state, with regards to taxes, affecting the Egyptian economy in the end.
An official at the Ministry of Tourism, who requested to remain anonymous, said that the issue of pricing below market value is one of the most important files that Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat is tackling, after several complaints from hotels and several investors.
He explained, "some investors presented complaints to the tourism committee of parliament on this matter. And indeed, we cannot allow booking a hotel room in Egypt at a rate of $10 per night. This could lead to the service that customers receive, including food and drinks, harming the reputation of Egypt abroad."
The official stated that the prediction in the increase of numbers this year ranges between 30% and 35%, compared to the number of tourists that arrived throughout last year. He added that parliament is demanding the government not only to increase the numbers but also increase revenues, which will present greater job opportunities amid the rising rate of unemployment.
He said that there are several files which will be presented in the next period before parliament, especially that of aviation, coordination with the national company EgyptAir to develop its presence in new markets, especially those of South, East, and Central Asia, amid the rising number of tourists coming from those regions on an annual basis.


Clic here to read the story from its source.