World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced, on the 3rd of April, granting Egypt the Global Champion Award 2019 for its efforts to promote tourism resilience. The award has been received by the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Rania al-Mashat.
This announcement has come during the “2019 Global Summit” Gala dinner that was held in Seville in Spain, between the 2nd till 4th of April. “This annual award is usually granted as an appreciation of the efforts exerted by some countries in facing challenges” the WTTC highlighted in a statement for the council, “this is the first time for a country or a minister in the Middle East to be granted such an award” the statement added.
In a report, the WTTC said that the tourism sector in Egypt has managed to recover, specially under the supervision of Mrs. Al Mashat. In 2018, the number of tourists has increased by 16.5 percent, which is higher than the global average of (3.9 percent).
This recovery comes as a result of the state's efforts to improve the local security situation, which helped in attracting more visitors and encouraged the big tourism agencies worldwide to increase their business in new tourist developments on both coasts of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
According to the WTTC statement, Mrs. Al Mashat declared that the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has adopted a new perspective through the Egyptian Tourism Reform Program (E-TRP), that was launched to develop the sector by implementing structural reforms that strengthen Egypt’s competitiveness and to maintain a sustainable tourism standard.
Her excellency Mrs. Mashat expressed appreciation of the Global Champion Award granted by the WTTC, adding that Egypt's objective in developing tourism is to enable at least one member of every Egyptian family to be involved in the sector, in a direct or indirect way.
Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of WTTC, said that Egyptian tourism sector, under the leadership of Al-Mashat “has shown the meaning of real recovery of travel and tourism following a period of crisis, recognizing the power of tourism sector as a driver of economic growth, job creation and social advancement across the whole country.”
Worth to be mentioned that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has recently been awarded the UNTWO’S shield, in appreciation of his active role in supporting the tourism industry.