I have recommended in my article last month some ideas which the Ministry of Tourism and its affiliated bodies should include in their future work's agenda for the purpose of facing the tourism industry crisis that has already become tangible six months ago as well as the importance of promoting domestic tourism in Egypt.
Resuming my talk with the governmental bodies concerned with promoting domestic tourism and out of every Egyptian's deep patriotism, I want to inform the Egyptian people about our national role in rescuing tourism industry from collapse. How can we face the reduction in the number of tourists coming to Egypt estimated at 13 millions in 2008? How can we reduce the rise in unemployment rate from 8.6% to 8.8%? How can we secure our national industry in external markets?
There are more than 200000 Egyptians who spend billions of dollars when traveling abroad either to Europe or East Asia states in addition to the imaginary expenditure during the Hajj (Pilgrimage) and Umrah (Lesser Pilgrimage) seasons which all badly affect the national income. So, we have to realize the fact that purchasing Egyptian products has become a must in maintaining their competitiveness as well as job opportunities already provided by those factories.
The government has to implement consumer protection law and ensure his right of access to goods and products at discounted prices equivalent to drop in world prices. Moreover, The media has to launch intensive campaigns aimed at spreading awareness among citizens, tourist an hotel institutions concerning the importance purchasing local products in order to maintain Egyptian employment in various productive sectors.
The Tourism Ministry are fully responsible for promoting domestic tourism through increasing internal discounted trips among Egyptians on equal terms with foreign tourists apart from supporting and diversifying programs of domestic tourism so as to include all the state's governorates.
Undoubtedly, facing the global financial crisis requires cooperation and interaction of all segments of the Egyptian society; consumers, workers, businessmen and the Government to minimize the Repercussions of the crisis on that vital industry which is the backbone of Egyptian economy.