I have started a new phase in my career at which I almost feel that I did not work in this field before. Sometimes I assure myself about the long successful period I spent in tourism sector and other times I fell worried of being nominated as a chairman of a tourist office in a market of which I am not fully aware.
In fact,my relation with India has been established about six years ago when the former Minister of Tourism Ahmed El-Maghrabi ordered the transfer of South Korea's tourism Office to India, specifically in the city of Mumbai, the economic capital of India. The minister’s decree coincided with the global interest in Asian markets especially those of China and India.
And out of my job duty as a Director-General of the World Tourism Relations, I began to receive those states' delegations including tour operators and representatives of the media agenda from either press or TV. At that time, I knew much about Indian market –the coming giant - and I also knew that the Egyptian tourism is embarking on a new phase regarding its promotional campaigns. In this respect, officials have already started to look deep inside the future for the interest of the upcoming generations.
Out of my deep concern for success, I gave my imagination a free hand to roam into the world of the unknown and I decided on the staring point with that Asian tiger that effectively influence the current global events. The first thing that came to mind when pondering over the Indian society is the very small number of the rich therein compared to the state's population total number that exceeds one billion and three hundred million people who almost make overseas trips throughout the year.
Although I thank God for blessing me to work in such an important market especially as it covers the major countries in the region despite the purported difficulty of life as well as the very high temperature there, I feel worried about the great responsibility carried upon my shoulders and which emanate from my permanent love for success that never abandoned me during my career.
Backed by my very long previous experience in tourism sector, I am now fully determined to go working in this new world bidding farewell to my homeland and all those whom I love.