A number of tourism experts in South Sinai predicted an increase in the proportion of European tourists, especially Italians, after the Vatican’s statement on the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt.
Issam Adel, tourist expert in Sharm el-Sheikh, said that the Pope’s statement that Egypt is not suffering from religious persecution of Christians, in addition to the declaration of the journey of the Holy Family sends a message to European Catholics to visit Egypt. Adel called for preparing for the return of European tourism after the Pope’s statement, and explained that religious tourism is also considered seasonal tourism.
Nabil Nabil, director of the Tourism Promotion Authority in South Sinai, said that although St. Catherine’s Monastery is outside the map of the Holy Family’s journey, it is a shrine with sanctity and importance in all Christian denominations and will be popular among European tourists.
Hisham Mohi, head of the South Sinai Tourist Guides, said a trip to St. Catherine’s pilgrimage to all the churches of the world must be announced for three days.
Mohie added that the Christian pilgrimage should be announced and implemented and that an office be set up in St. Catherine for the promotion and marketing of the pilgrimage to St. Catherine.
Source (in Arabic): www.elbalad.news