Central Holidays Takes Chamber of Commerce Executives to Egypt
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Central Holidays parent company the Sakkara Group made an investment in Egypt’s tourism recovery by sponsoring a familiarization trip for leaders of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives organization. The tour operator hosted a group of 30 executives from the business organization and their companions.
Egypt’s tourism industry continues to struggle to rebuild, with the recent crash of a Russian airliner muddying the waters again for the country’s beleaguered travel industry after a difficult four years since the Arab Spring. With a large portion of the Egyptian population dependent on tourism revenue, any problem with the tourism industry is a problem for the people of Egypt.
The group toured many of Egypt’s most well-known tourism sites, including the Great Pyramids at Giza, the tomb of Tutankhamen, the Temple at Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.
Besides the group’s experience of seeing a sampling of Egypt’s great monuments and archaeological treasures, Chris Mead, vice president of ACCE, said the group of executives was “impressed by how much Egyptians wanted us to tell our chamber members that their country is safe and that Egyptians sincerely want visitors from North America.”
The trip was successful in giving the executives the impression that travel to Egypt is a safe proposition.
Mead also said that the group felt safe during the trip. “No one in our group encountered danger of any kind, excluding perhaps the possibility of eating too much or spending too much at the open air markets,” he said. Other travelers seemed to be enjoying themselves as well, Mead said.
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