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Rania Al-Mashat, deputy governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE Public domain

Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat: a very old, very new idea

Many were taken by surprise when news leaked that locally and internationally acclaimed economist Rania Al-Mashat was appointed to become Egypt’s minister of tourism, followingsucceeding Yehia Rashed, who was known for his quite impressive record of experience in the field and for the pivotal roles he played therein for many years. Mostly, comments on the …

Mohamed Shirin El Hawary

Northwest Coast Development Project

The Northwest Coast Development Project is among the vast developmental and multidimensional projects currently run by the government, according to a statement made by Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou. Zaazou said that the project will serve both tourism and agricultural purposes in the northwest coast hinterlands, increasing population density in the Delta through big environmental …

Daily News Egypt

Tunisia looks to win back tourists with image makeover

The North African country hopes to welcome 7 million tourists this year, a slight increase on the 6.9 million who visited in 2010 before the revolution that ousted a decades-old dictatorship and unleashed outbreaks of Islamist violence that damaged Tunisia’s reputation.

Daily News Egypt

Ex-tourism minister jailed for 5 years

  CAIRO: Egypt’s former tourism minister was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for squandering public funds, the second member of Hosni Mubarak’s cabinet to be jailed for financial misconduct.   A criminal court found Zoheir Garana guilty of selling public land in Red Sea province below its market value to two businessmen, …


Egypt charges ex-minister, puts travel ban on another

By Sameh Fahmy CAIRO: Egypt’s public prosecutor charged the former tourism minister with corruption and barred the ex oil minister from traveling abroad pending an investigation into financial violations, state media said on Sunday. Prosecutors have been investigating graft allegations made against former officials and businessmen after a popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak last …


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