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Sisi to head council for tourism revival

The council will consist of several ministers from different ministries and convenes twice a year to evaluate the sector's performance.
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The structure for Higher council for Tourism underwent some changes this month in an attempt to save the Egyptian tourism sector that has been suffering one blow after the other.

The cabinet's decision stated that the council will include the ministers of tourism, foreign affairs, international cooperation, investment, finance, youth, culture, aviation, planning, defense, interior minister, antiquities and communications among others.

The board will be headed by President AbdelFattah El-Sisi and will convene bi-annually to set out plans for the ailing sector, review policies and regulations and evaluate tourism performance.

The Tourism sector was one Egypt's top sources of foreign currency, of which Egypt is currently depleting. Since the revolution in 2011 the Tourism sector has been suffering and the downfall has been exacerbating with several incidents the latest and biggest blow with the downing of a Russian plane over Sinai which was reportedly a terrorist attack that led to declining trust in Egypt's airport security measures.

In the first quarter of 2016 Tourism revenues dropped more than 60 percent reaching $500 million compared to $1.5 billion just a year ago.
Minister of Tourism, Yehia Rahsed had said that the ministry needed to put 10 times the effort to revive tourism. It requires collaboration from the government which is why the cabinet decided to conduct the council reshuffle.