The ministry of tourism and Egyptian Tourist Authority have announced their sponsorship of the 104th session of the World Tourism Organisation Executive Council in Luxor.
The event will be held from October 30-31st, 2016.
Luxor is also hosting the fifth UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, attended by representatives and participants from many different countries all over the world.
The conference will include several workshops to exchange experiences in the field of tourism and propose ways to support and develop tourism in Luxor.
The UNWTO Executive Council announced the selection of Luxor city to host the conference as the 2016 capital of world tourism, affirming its position as an irreplaceable touristic and historical treasure and to restore the world’s interest to this picturesque tourist destination which has suffered from the various recent events in Egypt.
Luxor is considered as one of the key tourist destinations in Egypt which includes numerous Pharaonic ancient monuments that have stood the test of time and have proven itself on the touristic and cultural map of the world such as the Valley of the Kings, Tombs of the Nobles, and the Valley of the Queens.
The UNWTO will also launch a new initiative to exchange point of views in various tourism topics between representatives of the touristic cities and decision-makers.
The initiative will work on promoting the vital role of tourism as a driving force for economic and social development in cities.
Yehia Rashed, minister of tourism, expressed his delight for the coronation of Luxor city as the capital of world tourism; which will affirm its position as an irreplaceable touristic and archaeological treasure.
“The Tourism Ministry and tourism sector are keen on exerting continuous efforts to take advantage of such event, in order to highlight the tourist attractions of this historical city and reignite the tourism traffic especially in Luxor and Aswan,” he stated.