New 2019 plan to develop, train tour guides

FILE: Tourists at the Columned Hall inside Luxor TempleCAIRO – 15 February 2018: Under the patronage of the Tourism Ministry, the Egyptian Travel Agencies Association (ETAA) launches Thursday its training program for 2019.The program includes around 90 courses, two courses per week. The courses will cover all tourist activities given by experts and specialistsAmong the trainers are Soha Bahgat, an adviser for the Tourism Minister; Parliamentarian Amr Sedki, chairman of the Tourism and Travel Council; and Hossam El Shaer, chairman of ETAA.The opening ceremony of the training program started with speeches by El Shaer and Ali Al-Manstri, chairman of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, followed by a lecture about Ministry of Tourism’s plan to develop the tourism experience in Egypt, which was delivered by Bahgat. Another lecture was also delivered about the legal legislation of tourism companies by Sedki, followed by a third lecture about developing strategies and upgrading tourism companies by Professor Yasser Sheta.The new program aims to produce 15 thousand trainees this year; especially after the Administrative Council of ETAA has increased training budget from L.E 2 million to L.E 10 million.The Tourism Ministry gives a great priority to training tourist guides to be qualified enough and increase the service efficiency provided to tourists. The training program will not be limited for tourist guides only but it will expand to tourism companies and all sectors related to the field of tourism.

Source:Egypt Today

February 15, 2019 10:52 UTC

Egypt to become an energy hub for MENA: UK amb.

FILE: British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey AdamsCAIRO – 15 February 2019: British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said on Thursday that Egypt is on its way to becoming an energy hub for the region.Commenting on a $325 million agreement between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Britain’s Lekela Power to build a 250 MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez, Adams added that several leading British companies will be supporting Egypt to help it achieve its goal.“I am proud that this week alone, BP, Shell and Actis made new investment announcements in Egypt, creating job opportunities and pushing the Egyptian economy forward,” Adams said.Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr, and the British Ambassador attended the signing ceremony.In a Thursday statement issued by the British Embassy in Cairo, it was stated that the wind farm will help Egypt achieve its plan to produce 20 percent of its energy from new and renewable sources by 2022.UK investment in the renewable energy sector in Egypt has been witnessing consecutive boosts; Recently, the UK Export Finance announced its support to the Tahrir Petrochemical Complex, which aims at doubling Egypt’s total exports, with around $1.6 billion fund.This week, 33 leading British companies are showcasing their expertise in the oil and gas sector in this year’s edition of the Egyptian Petroleum Show (EGYPS.) Out of these exhibiting companies, 20 are exploring potential opportunities for the first time.The British Ambassador visited the exhibition and met with leading business figures who expressed keenness to invest in the Egyptian market.Sir Adams also met with the CEO of BP Group, Bob Dudley; and Stuart Jones, regional president for Europe and Middle East at Bechtel, and discussed running British investments in the energy sector, and their plans for future growth.This energy delegation coincides with a high-ranking visit of British experts in the fields of healthcare and energy as they explored new opportunities for investment in a broad range of fields.

Source:Egypt Today

February 15, 2019 10:30 UTC

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