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Monday, 21 February 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: What the Ukraine crisis means for our tourism industry

The number of Ukrainian visitors to Egypt has declined about 20-25% since the start of the year, Tourism and Civil Aviation Committee head Nora Ali told El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 3:26). Ali attributed the decline to seasonal lows and the local Omicron wave rather than increasing tensions in Ukraine — though she added that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would inevitably lead to further decreases. Ukrainian visitors account for around 30% of Egypt’s tourism market, Ali said.

Nafeza also got some airtime last night: Preparations to extend the Advance Cargo Information (ACI) system to air freight are underway, with trials to begin “soon,” FinMin Advisor Mona Nasser told Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 5:55). We have more on the story in this morning’s Trade section, above.

And GERD, of course: Ethiopia’s powering up of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) yesterday, and Egypt’s response that the milestone was a “further breach of obligations” under the 2015 Declaration of Principles, featured on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 1:31).

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