Tourists coming to Egypt set to reach 12mn by end of 2018: Travco chairman

Tourists take pictures of the Sphynx during a visit to the pyramids, on the Giza Plateau, on the southern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo. (AFP)
Updated 12 March 2018
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Tourists coming to Egypt set to reach 12mn by end of 2018: Travco chairman

CAIRO: Around 12 million tourists are expected to visit Egypt in 2018, the chairman of a leading Egyptian travel and tourism company has said.
Hamed El-Chiaty, chairman of Travco Group, said that a 40-50 percent increase is estimated year-on-year by the end of the 2018/19 season.
Chiaty stressed that Egypt will see new tourists from the British and Ukrainian markets.
He further noted that other new markets will also target Egypt as a touristic destination, such as Latvia, Hungry and Lithuania.
Adding that Egypt’s participation in the recently-held ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, will yield positive results.
He explained that charter flights will operate from these new markets and fly to touristic destinations in Egypt, thus, a huge influx of tourists will be visiting, in the near future, a report by Al-Masry el-Youm quoted Chiaty as saying.
Travco Group is one of the largest travel and tourism companies in the Middle East.


Saudi tourism body launches tour guide training in Madinah

Specialists introduced trainees to the methods used to guide people through historical sites, museums and landmarks. (Reuters)
Updated 25 March 2019
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Saudi tourism body launches tour guide training in Madinah

  • The SCTH in Madinah was looking forward to providing distinguished services for tourists

MADINAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in Madinah organized two tour guide training sessions last week, in cooperation with the National Center for Human Resources Development (Takamul).
The five-day sessions took on 32 trainees, introducing them to the tasks of tour guides, including presenting historical information to people with no prior knowledge of the subject under time constraints, as well as teaching other skills the SCTH deems essential for the profession.
Specialists introduced trainees to the methods used to guide people through historical sites, museums and landmarks in Madinah, and to explain their significance in a concise, easily appreciated manner.
Faisal Al-Madani, director of the SCTH in Madinah, said the training sessions aimed to prepare people for a successful career in the tourism and hospitality industries, improve standards across the region, and introduce discipline and rigor in presenting research and information to groups of people.
He added that the SCTH in Madinah was looking forward to providing distinguished services for tourists.