Egypt signs U.N.’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
The signing ceremony took place in the country’s ancient temple city of Luxor
Egypt on Friday joined more than 45 countries by signing the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET), a United Nations framework on regulating the tourism industry.
The Egyptian tourism minister, Hisham Zaazou, signed the agreement in the attendance of Taleb Rifai, general-secretary of the U.N. World Tourism Organization.
The signing ceremony took place in the country’s ancient temple city of Luxor, according to Egyptian news website Ahram Online.
The GCET was adopted by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in 1999.
It sets globally applicable directives that seek to expand the tourism sectors in its signatory countries, it also seeks to help minimize the industry’s negative impacts on the environment and on cultural heritage.
Tourism in coastal and archaeological sites in Egypt has suffered a blow due to the fragile political and security situation in the country.
The number of tourists traveling to Egypt has dropped dramatically in 2013, with around one million tourists visiting the country through the first 11 months of last year, an 80 percent reduction over the same period in 2012, according to ministry figures.
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