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The Ministry of Tourism begins activating the sub-accounts unit for the sector

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, started to activate the TSA “Tourism Satellite Accounts” unit, which has been inactive since 2017, with the aim of providing accurate and regular tourism statistics in order to identify the real contribution of tourism to the national economy and to stand up. On its achievements, evaluating performance levels and supporting investment decision-making, revitalization and tourism promotion, especially in light of the World Tourism Organization’s interest in preparing subsidiary accounts for the tourism sector that help to establish databases and information and unify different concepts in different countries in order to facilitate international comparisons procedures on sound scientific foundations.

Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby explained that the importance of the sub-accounts unit in the ministry is that it provides a coordinating framework for organizing tourism statistical data and providing a new statistical method for international concepts, classifications and definitions, in addition to providing a sound scientific methodology for accurate identification of tourism economics and evaluation of its achievements and real contribution to the national economy. .

She added that the work of the Ministry's sub-accounts unit has been suspended since 2017, which resulted in the inability to complete the periodic data required from all parties, which affects the accuracy of the image of tourism statistics in Egypt.

Ghada Shalabi indicated that the sub-accounts unit will be under the supervision of the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs and will be managed by a group of experts in the field of economics and statistics, and that the unit has been approved to start working on it from February 2021.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, had met in early January to discuss a number of joint files between the two ministries, follow up on plans and targets in the tourism sector, and activate the sub-accounts unit at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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