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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Tourism companies get legislative boost with new amendments

Proposed amendments to the Tourism Licensing Act are now out for public consultations, with Tourism Minister Khaled El Enany meeting earlier this week with the head of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and other industry stakeholders to discuss the bill, according to a cabinet statement. The amendments are designed to modernize tourism companies to bring them up to par with contemporary services, the statement says without providing further details.


  • The creation of an online portal to reserve Umrah trips earned a preliminary nod from the House Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee, reports the local press.
  • Ministries and state-affiliated bodies will soon need to remit 20% of their VAT dues and 100% of schedule taxes to the Tax Authority within 10 days of a transaction under legislative changes approved by the House Planning Committee yesterday, according to Al Mal.
  • Draft amendments to a law that regulates committees that resolve disputes to which ministries and state-owned companies are party were approved by the House Legislative Committee yesterday. The changes restrict the work of those committees to disputes between a ministry or a state-owned firm and their employees.
  • A bill to set up an authority to protect lakes and fisheries was also approved “in principle” by the House Irrigation and Agriculture Committee, reports Masrawy.

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