Yacht tourism is becoming more and more prevalent across Europe and the rest of the world as the COVID pandemic seems to ease everywhere but Australia. Egypt is developing ways to promote yacht tourism, hoping it brings large economic returns to the state. At a Cabinet meeting in Cairo on Aug. 5, the ministers of tourism and transport discussed ways to develop this type of tourism upon directives from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to formulate a strategic plan to maximise yacht tourism by the end of this month. Once the plan is fully devised, it will be presented to Sisi for approval.
During the meeting, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany said Egypt has more than 2400 kilometres of coastline and picturesque beaches and distinct tourist resorts located in close proximity to famous historical touristic cities. Egypt enjoys a temperate climate all year, so it allows this tourism throughout the year and disembarking foreign yachts during the winter period.
Anany said the economic importance of yacht tourism are revenues from transit and berthing fees, taxes, fuel and maintenance.
To read more about Egypt’s plans post pandemic click here. With the pandemic seeming to ease plans across Europe hopefully reflect the rebound scheduled for Australia later this year.