The government: converting buses and cars in Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada to work with natural gas and electricity
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chaired this evening the meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Tourism and Antiquities, in the presence of Dr. Khaled El-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Acting Minister of Health, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, and Dr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Dr. Assem Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Pilot Mohamed Manar Enaba, Minister of Civil Aviation, Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, and Major General Amr Hanafi, Governor of the Red Sea, Ahmed Al-Wasif, President of the Federation of Tourism Chambers, and a number of tourism officials and investors. The Prime Minister began the meeting by commissioning the preparation of a plan to implement the directives of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the President of the Republic, to convert all buses and cars, including taxis, as well as all mass transportation, in the cities of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, to work with natural gas or electricity, to be among the green cities, He affirmed the government's readiness to provide the facilities required for this purpose, and demanded the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in coordination with the concerned authorities in this regard. In a related context, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly stated that we are scheduled to have about 1,000 gas refueling stations by the end of next March. During the meeting, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, reviewed health safety procedures within tourist and hotel facilities, pointing to the start of the work of 5 international companies specialized in the field of reviewing health safety procedures, adding that it was decided to periodic and sudden inspection of the facilities, without renewing the license for the facility that don't commit with procedures. During the meeting, a proposal to raise the minimum prices for accommodation in hotel establishments was reviewed, in the context of targeting higher spending segments of tourists. This proposal will be presented during the Cabinet meeting, and the results of linking beach tourism destinations with cultural tourism destinations were also discussed. In a related context, reference was made to the efforts and procedures for securing tourists, and following up on the installation of tracking devices (GPS) in tourist buses, minibuses, microbuses, and limousines, as well as the Prime Minister's directives regarding coordination with the concerned authorities for the establishment of all means of transportation (collective / private). / individual / taxi / microbus ... etc.), which carries out the activity of transporting tourists by linking with the Center for Tracking the Movement of Tourist Vehicles of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and taking the necessary measures against violators. The position of the tourist movement, throughout the current year, and preparations for the tourist season were also reviewed Winter. Dr. Khaled Al-Anani also reviewed the position of implementing the presidential mandates related to the tourism sector, pointing out that with regard to medical and insurance procedures at airports and tourist governorates, the medical staff has been increased at the airports of tourist governorates, in order to expand the medical smear procedure (PCR) in order to avoid any manifestations of overcrowding in those airports, With an emphasis on carefully selecting medical staff. Based on the presidential mandates, the authorities concerned with the airports facilitated and quickly completed the procedures for the reception and exit of those arriving from the airports (medical examination) passports / baggage..etc. The necessary measures were also taken towards intensifying the work of the joint insurance committees among all the authorities concerned with airports and tourist governorates. The minister also touched on the opening of the "Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs" exhibition in Houston, USA, on November 20, where a pavilion was allocated in the exhibition to promote tourism, investing in the expected media momentum and the high level of attendance. Al-Anani explained that a promotional film is also being produced on "St. Catherine, the Land of Transfiguration", pointing out that it will focus on a group of messages, most notably the spirituality of the place that embraces three heavenly religions, and that it is a site registered on the World Heritage List, as it is a site registered as a nature reserve, and it will shed Highlighting its link to sustainable tourism and ongoing development projects in the region. The minister pointed to the readiness of Muhammad Ali Palace in Shubra to open soon, as well as the readiness of the Museum of Egypt's Capitals in the new administrative capital to open, explaining that preparations are underway for a major event in Aswan on the occasion of the sun's curvature on Abu Simbel temple next year. The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities alluded to a number of major international fashion houses expressing their desire to hold fashion shows at the foot of the pyramids, and on the lights of the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Deir el-Bahari in Luxor.