Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani and Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, have met to follow up on the implementation of a number of digital transformation projects.
The meeting comes as part of the cooperation protocol signed between the two ministries last November.
El-Anany said that digital transformation is part of his ministry’s strategy to achieve sustainable development goals, and build an accurate information system on the various patterns of tourism in the country. This is with the aim of building a diversified economy.
For his part, Talaat said that as part of the cooperation between the two ministries, and as part of efforts to build a digital Egypt, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is looking to keep pace with global digital technologies.
It also aims to take advantage of the opportunities they provide in enhancing the competitive capabilities of the tourism and antiquities sector, by providing digital mechanisms to create an added value for tourism services.
This contributes to attracting and motivating tourists to visit Egypt, promoting its tourism components, and highlighting the cultural image of Egypt and its most important tourist and archaeological landmarks.
During the meeting, it was announced that the electronic archiving of nearly 13 million of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ paperwork has been completed.
This comes as part of the process of moving to the New Administrative Capital (NAC), along with the addition of new languages to the ministry’s hotline (19654). The hotline was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The meeting also touched on a proposal to develop a new service for tourists, by sending a welcome SMS to the tourist upon his arrival at Egyptian airports. The SMS would also include the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ hotline number, in order to ease direct and fast communication with tourists.
Business developments were also discussed regarding the development of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ technology portals, whether service or promotional. This included the automation of services in hotel facilities and tourist shops, the geographic information management system, and the creation of a mobile application to provide services to tourists.