Thursday, July 21, 2005

Attracting Chinese tourists to Egyptian Antiquity
The Egyptian Tourism Minister Ahmad al- Maghrabi in on a five-day trip to China and hopes to boost tourist co-operation between China and Egypt: "Since Egypt became a Chinese travel destination country in January 2002, more and more Chinese people have become interested in Egyptian history, culture and ancient sites, said Maghrabi, adding that his country expects the number of the Chinese tourists would reach 100,000 by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the minister acknowledged some difficulties in attracting more Chinese tourists, especially the offer of tasty food. 'Eating is really a problem for Chinese tourists in Egypt because of different cooking styles,' Maghrabi said, 'So I welcome more Chinese to come and invest in Chinese restaurants'."
An official statement from Egypt can be found on the State Information Service:

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