Chairperson of the Tourism Marketing and Promotion Committee in Upper Egypt and Vice President of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, Mohamed Osman, stated that the committee is to sign a cooperation protocol with the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in South Valley University, in order to provide the faculty’s students training opportunities in hotels, tourist companies, and floating hotels.
His remarks came during his selection on the evaluation committee for the graduation projects of the students of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels at the South Valley University.
In that context, Osman explained that the return of the tourism movement, in addition to the current tourism indicators assures that the demand of the students for education in Faculty of Tourism and Hotels will increase in the future.
He noted that one of the main aspects and reasons behind obtaining a distinctive tourism experience, is the service provider and how he/she deals with the tourists.
“Hence evaluating the graduation projects that are submitted by the students is a must, due to their higher impact in the tourism movement,” he affirmed.
Furthermore, Osman revealed that most of the projects submitted by students are closely related to cultural tourism, as a result of the impact of the environmental surrounding for the students, as they are surrounded by the most amazing historical monuments. Moreover, he added that among the projects presented by students is a project on the future of e-tourism, and its impact on the future of traditional tourism, explaining that being synchronised with the issues of the sector raises the efficiency of tourism students.
Talking about the volume of the tourist movement, he clarified that there are some challenges that must be addressed in in order to achieve better progress and increase the volume of the tourist movement, including the shortage in the transportation capacity in Upper Egypt.
Osman further explained that the transportation capacity in Upper Egypt represents only 35% from the total transportation capacity that ought to work to receive incoming tourists.
“This problem can be addressed through allowing the import of three-year-used (from the manufacturing date) tourist buses,” he maintained.