News

World Youth Forum Boosting Tourism in Sharm el-Sheikh: Spokesperson

mm
World Youth Forum Boosting Tourism in Sharm el-Sheikh: Spokesperson

The World Youth Forum (WYF) is boosting tourism flow to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh which is now hosting hundreds of young people, public figures, leaders, senior officials from all over the world, the forum’s spokesperson Sara Badr said.

“It was a genius decision to hold the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh which is one of the country’s top tourist attractions,” Badr told Egyptian Streets in an interview.

Badr added that the forum is giving a boost to Egypt’s tourism industry “in a creative way”. “It is reinvigorating tourism by gathering people from all across the world in this large event that seeks to create a platform for dialogue among people from different cultures,” said Badr, who is also part of the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP). The program was launched by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in 2015 in order to qualify young people for leadership posts.

The international forum is attended by a total of 3200 participants, 1200 of whom are foreigners from 113 countries. The forum also has 222 speakers, 64 of whom are from foreign nationalities.

Sharm el-Sheikh is one of Egypt’s best tourist destinations, attracting a large number of Russian tourists and representing a huge part of the tourism flow to the country.

According to official figures, Sharm el-Sheikh used to attract four million tourists before the January 25 revolution in 2011.

Badr said that the idea of the forum dawned upon them during the third national youth conference which was held in Ismailia last April. “We presented the idea to President Sisi during the third national conference in Ismailia. It was announced at the fourth national youth conference in Alexandria and from there we started to turn the idea into reality,” she added.

“We then were divided into work groups for the organization of the forum. Some of us were concerned with the content. Some others arranged the invitations for the participants,” Badr said.

The young PLP student also said that they were keen on giving an opportunity to all people from all over the world to take part in the forum without taking into account any political affiliations.

On the budget of the forum, Badr said that the state “did not spend a penny on the organization of the forum”. “The organization of the forum is funded by a group of sponsors, including banks, hotels, EGYPTAIR among others,” she added. “Such sponsoring has made promotional campaigns for Egypt’s tourism for free.”

Badr also expected that the coming national youth conference will be held in an Upper Egyptian governorate as “the country is now very keen on carrying out developmental projects in such region”.

Egyptian Rights Activists Slam US Actress Helen Hunt in Open Letter
President Sisi Holds Private Discussion with Egyptian Expats, Foreign Youth at WYF

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
mm

Menna A. Farouk is a Cairo-based journalist. Her work appeared in several local and international news organizations. Follow her on @MennaFarouk91

More in News

Mohamed Salah Crowned the PFA Player of the Year Award

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Criticizes UNESCO Over Intention to Award Detained Journalist Shawkan

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

World Bank, Egypt Sign $US 500 Million Agreement to Reform Egypt’s Public Schools

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Egyptian Teenager Kills Mother and Brother to Complete ‘Blue Whale’ Suicide Game Task

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Mariam Moustafa’s Lawyer Receives Death Threat, Pressured to Drop the Case

Egyptian StreetsApril 22, 2018

Luxor’s Karnak Temple to be More Accessible for Special Needs Visitors

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018

Egypt Faces 54 Billion Cubic Meters Water Shortage: Minister

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018

Sudden Death of Swedish DJ Avicii Leaves Fans Sad, Shocked

Egyptian StreetsApril 21, 2018
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.