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Silk Road makes a comeback: Even freight trains are promoting the Silk Road

The Silk Road tourism project represents an astonishing international comeback for this historic route. More or less as the “new Silk Road“, this network of historic trading routes with its many different branches is not only helping to boost tourism but is also having an impact on business and science in the region, as well as encouraging political cooperation and easing visa restrictions. This is one of the important outcomes of the 9th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

Digital pharaohs

Ägypten zeigt sich 2019 mit einem hochmodernen High-Tech-Stand auf der ITB Berlin

Egypt is represented at ITB 2019 with an ultra-modern high-tech stand

This year Egypt is represented with an ultra-modern stand and bringing ancient history back to life. A number of destinations around the country are presenting all kinds of experiences. They include Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam and El Gouna. Visitors will also be able to savour Egyptian cuisine and magical music from the land of the pharaohs.

Silk Road: A highway for the whole world

The historic Silk Road “has made enormous progress in recent years”. These were the words of the Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, speaking during the project’s 8th Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

Egypt to introduce electronic visa at the end of May

Ägypten, Kamelen in der Wüste

Egypt will introduce an electronic visa at the end of May. The fee will initially remain unchanged, said Tourism Minister Mohamed Yehia Rashed at ITB Berlin. A decree to increase fees has been suspended until June; a reassessment will be discussed in the cabinet next week. One can assume that no action that would harm the tourism industry will be taken. With 650,000 visitors, Germans were the top tourists to Egypt last year – despite a 35 per cent decrease. After recording 20 per cent growth in January, an increase of 35 per cent is expected for this year.

Every crisis is an opportunity: Egypt is becoming the benchmark for flight security


Until 31 October 2015 tourism in Egypt was going according to plan. But since a chartered Russian airliner came down that same day, presumably the victim of an ISIS attack, everything has changed. Not much later, all flights between UK airports and Sharm el-Sheikh were grounded, and not long afterwards Russia even halted all flights to Egypt. This was a massive blow for the tourism industry of a country which until then had welcomed three million Russians and one million Britons every year. “However, every challenge demands a solution“, said Egypt’s Tourism Minister H.E.