Tourism: no concern for major Saudi project, Egypt minister

Rashed, luxury resort on Red Sea added value for region

09 August, 11:36

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, AUGUST 9 - A major project to build a luxury resort on 50 virgin islands on the Red Sea announced a few days by Saudi Arabia ''does not concern us'', said Egyptian Tourism Minister Mohamed Yehia Rashed.

    ''What Saudi Arabia intends to do only adds value to the tourism offer of the whole region'', encouraging the whole area to become a global tourist attraction, said Rashed, who yesterday met in Cairo with the heads of FIAVET ( the Italian Federation of Travel and Tourism Associations), Jacopo De Ria and Ivana Jelinic with the objective of boosting cooperation with Italian travel agents.

    Egypt, he said answering a question on the construction of the luxury complex (which should start in 2019 and be completed in 2022) ''is a consolidated destination. We have been on the market for many years and Italian and European companies have been investing with us for many years''.

    He assured there was no competition between the two countries overlooking opposite shores on the Red Sea.

    ''We will see how the project evolves but the world needs all this'', noted Rashed.

    Egypt and Saudi Arabia ''are complementary'', he concluded.


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