Egypt declares measures to promote cultural tourism

Published on : Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Supreme Council of Antiquities recently approved decisions Anani to promote cultural tourism in Egyptat its board session chaired by Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in his statement that one of the most important decisions that have been undertaken is the approval of a 50% discount on entry tickets, available to Egyptians, at museums and archaeological sites.

A 50% reduction on tickets to museums and archaeological sites will also be granted to fans attending the 2021 Men’s World Handball Championship, hosted by Egypt. These tickets will be valid for sites open for visits in the Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria governorates and for the championship between January 13 and January 31, 2021, provided they have the appropriate ID.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has participated in providing some logistical and tourism programmes for the tournament’s fans travelling to Egypt from abroad. The ministry has also directed for all archaeological sites and museums to continue implementing precautionary measures, including maintaining social distancing between visitors, wearing face masks, and ensuring that tourist groups do not exceed 25 individuals. In addition, adherence to the maximum number of visitors present at the same time inside museums should also be considered.

Waziri mentioned that the discount comes as part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ “Enjoy your winter in Egypt” initiative. It has been launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, and will occur during January and February 2021. He also indicated that the Board has agreed to extend a complete rental fee payment exemption to all cafeterias and bazaars in museums and archaeological sites affiliated to the Council.

The exemption will be applied over January and February 2021, and comes as part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ continued efforts to mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The move comes in addition to a continued freeze on ticket prices to museums and archaeological sites until at least November 2021.

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