Cairo – Egypt has ruled out launching a “hotel” travel advisory board and has instead put forward a proposal for a new system that would be used by local businesses to provide travel advice.
Key points:The proposal, which will be considered by the National Authority for Travel Advisory Boards, is based on a travel advisory service that operates on a platform similar to a mobile phone app for the travel industryIt was announced by the authorities on FridayIt says the advisory board will be a non-governmental organisation that will operate independently of the National Council for Travel and Tourism (NCTT) and would be given advisory authority over travel issues and travel safety measures and guidance.
The proposed system, which is based upon a travel advice service that is based in the private sector, is being discussed at the Egyptian government level with representatives of the tourism sector, tourism associations and business organisations, said Mohamed Abu Muhannad, an official in the Ministry of Tourism, in a statement.
It has been estimated that the advisory system would generate $20m in revenue and generate 3,000 to 4,000 jobs.
A travel advisory website has also been launched, called The Egyptian Travel Advisory Board.
In the statement, Egypt said the travel advisory boards, which would have been set up by the Egyptian tourism industry, would be created under a non sovereign authority.
Egypt’s National Authority of Travel Advisory Services has said it is considering the proposal.
The proposal was also announced by Mohamed Abu-Muhannads head of tourism, tourism association and private sector and the National Committee for the Development of Tourism (NCTDVT).
“The authority will consider the proposal as well as other possible solutions to address the needs of tourism operators,” said Mohamed Abou-Munayef, head of NCTDVT.
“The authorities have already begun working on the project, and have already identified many areas where the project is needed and are working towards finalising it.”
The Egyptian government has previously announced plans to create a travel agency in partnership with private sector.
The NCTDGT said in October it would launch a new travel advisory agency that would focus on the local tourism industry and will work with a number of partners to develop a comprehensive and transparent travel advisory platform.
A spokesman for the Egyptian National Council of Travel and Tourism (NCCOT) said in a Facebook post that the authority had begun work on a new advisory service to ensure the “transparency, accountability and trustworthiness of travel advice.”
“The proposed project is based around a travel service that will be based on the mobile phone application for the tourism industry,” Mohamed Abu Mohammed said.
“Its aim is to develop the best travel advisory product that will help improve the safety and security of visitors in Egypt.”
“This is a project that is part of a long term plan to transform the Egyptian economy and improve the lives of the people, including by creating jobs and providing a reliable service for tourists,” he added.
“We hope that this project will help build trust between tourists and Egyptian authorities, improve tourism, and create employment for locals.”