Egypt Appoints New Tourism Minister
PHOTO: Egypt's tourism industry, a large part of its economy, has been struggling since the Arab Spring began in early 2011. (Photo by David Cogswell)
The Egyptian Tourist Authority announced the appointment of Khaled Abba Ramy as minister of tourism for Egypt, succeeding Hisham Zaazou. Ramy assumed the duties of the office March 5.
Minister Ramy has a post graduate degree in architectural design from Cairo University, but he has spent most of his career working in tourism.
He started in the tourism industry in 1990 and worked for eight years as a tour guide and group leader in Egypt.
His most recent post was the position of supervisor of the e-marketing unit of the Egyptian Tourist Authority, in which position he served since March 2012.
From 2004 to early 2012, Ramy served as a tourism counselor at the Egyptian Embassy in London and the director of the Egyptian Tourist Office in London.
He has held a variety of other posts within the Egyptian Tourist Authority since 1994.
In his first public statement as tourism minister, Ramy said he is committed to honoring all agreements and contracts that were in place during the previous administration, including agreements with travel agents and tour operators.
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