Egyptian visas may become available in Guangzhou
2011-May-13 Source: english.gz.gov.cn
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The Egyptian embassy in China, Nanhu China Travel Agency, and Egypt Air have organized China's first media delegation for a fact-finding visit to Egypt to find out more about the nation's economy, security and tourism. The visit is aimed at boosting the nation's tourism industry.

The director of publicity at the Egypt Tourism Administration stressed the importance of tourism to Egypt at a press conference on May 9. He said that tourist arrivals in Egypt last month plunged 40 to 45 percent year-on-year and had risen back to about 40 percent of normal numbers.

According to the director, the number of Chinese tourists to Egypt last year exceeded 100,000 for the first time. To attract more Chinese tourists, Egyptian tourism agencies will launch a series of promotion campaigns in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

When asked whether Egypt would waive visa fees, the director replied that hotels in Egypt have reduced room charges and the savings for tourists exceed visa expenses.

In response to the complaint that it is hard to obtain tourist visas to Egypt in Guangzhou, the director,said that he would propose to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue visas in Guangzhou every week. He stressed that it is very likely that his proposal would be accepted.

Editor: Olivia
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