Exciting developments in the Egyptian tourism industry promoted by Dutch tour operators

Author: Julie Kennedy, Photos: Anton van der Riet

On Thursday the 30th of September, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt hosted a Business Lunch for Dutch Tour Operators that market Egypt as a destination for Dutch travelers.

The event took place at the Ambassador’s residence in the Hague, with as aim to introduce the Dutch tour operators to new developments in the Egyptian tourism sector.
Among those present were TUI, Corendon, Riksja Travel, Koning Aap, and more.

The Ambassador H.E. Hatem Elsayed Kamaleldin warmly welcomed the guests before H.E. Ghada Shalaby, the Egyptian Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, gave a virtual presentation.

This presentation was supported by Mr Magued Abu Sdeira, the Director of the International Tourism Sector at the Egyptian Tourism Authority, Mr Karim Mohsen, Member of the Steering Committee of the Egyptian Chamber of Tourism and Tour Operators and Agencies, and by Ms Ghada Fahmy from the Egyptian Department of International Relations and Agreements.

Topics involved items such as the developments and achievements in the Egyptian Tourism Sector, the facilities that Egypt has to offer, and the health and safety measures with regards to COVID-19.
The representatives of the various tour operating companies were then free to ask their questions directly to the Egyptian participants, which led to many fruitful discussions.

The Embassy hopes this event will contribute to increasing the numbers of tourists from the Netherlands to Egypt, as well as to enhance the cooperation between the Dutch and Egyptian tour operators.

Read more in our magazine, Diplomat Affairs: page 74/77

On the photo (left to right):

Ms Esmé Hannan, Assistant at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Hague;
Mr Luc Lentjes, Director Product Yield at TUI;
Mr Thierry Buné, Product Manager Adventure Specialist at Koning Aap;
Mr Magdi Mostafa, Head of Nile Travel International;
Mr Danny Verheij, Sales Manager Egypt at Riksja Travel;
H.E. Hatem Elsayed Kamaleldin, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Hague;
Mr Rogier van der Pluijm, Coordinator Middle East and North Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Mr Steven Oppenheim, Managing-Director at Oppenheim Travel;
Ms Jenneke Bosma, Policy Officer Middle East and North Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Mr Wim Woelders, Director Operations at Corendon;
Mr Sjoerd de Kort, Director Product Yield and Purchases at Corendon;
Mr Sherif Hussein, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Hague;
Ms Ineke Visser, Product Manager Egypt at Riksja Travel.

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