Minister Of Tourism And Antiquities Meeting With The Tourist Chambers And Investors In South Sinai And The Red Sea
Dr. Khaled El-Enany
Dr. Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities met at the Ministry headquarters in Zamalek with theChairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and the chairmen of Tourism Chambers and Heads of Investors Associations of the Red Sea, Sharm al-Sheikh and Taba in the presence of Member of Parliament Amr Sidqi, Chairman of the Tourism and Aviation Committee in the Parliament and a number of the leaders of the ministry, to discuss the controls and procedures for sterilization that must be put in place and the health conditions that must be met in all hotels of every category, resorts, and touristic establishments to ensure the health and safety of their employees and provide all means of prevention and protection for visitors when tourism movement returns to normal. All of these measures will be taken in accordance with the international standards of the World Health Organization.
During the meeting, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities stressed how necessary it is for all tourism establishments to be committed to paying all the dues of their employees on a regular basis since employment is the main factor in the tourism industry, underlining the fact that the Ministry will not tolerate any negligence or unfair treatment of any employees in the sector and will take strict measures against these actions. The Ministry has already canceled the licenses of two hotels in the cities of Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh during the past two weeks, because the former had not paid its workers’ dues and the second had dismissed some workers.
The Minister also briefed the audience on the latest initiatives and decisions taken by the government, the House of Parliament, and the Central Bank to support the tourism sector as it is one of the industries that play a pivotal role in maximizing and developing the country's national income.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to combine all efforts and work intensively to prepare and equip all types of hotels, resorts, and touristic establishments such that they meet all the requirements of protection and health safety and to apply precautionary and preventive measures in accordance with international standards approved by the World Health Organization in order to preserve the health of its employees and ensure that hotels are ready to receive their guests when tourism movement returns to normal after all established health requirements are met.