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A conference will take place in Cairo next week focussing on growing tourism in Egypt.

The one-day event was announced after the Egyptian authorities revealed they have employed the services of security experts Control Risks to improve visitor safety.

The ‘Tourism in Egypt 2016 – Planning for Growth’ conference will take place on Tuesday February 23.

It will bring together senior executives from around the world who share an interest in the development of tourism in Egypt, including representatives from airlines, hotels, and tour operators.

It is an opportunity to hear the latest updates and plans for tourism growth in Egypt, including developments and enhancement to security, the government said.

Egypt minister for tourism, Hisham Zaazou, said: “Our ‘Planning for Growth’ conference is a major opportunity to hear what Egypt is planning for the future.

“We are confident in Egypt’s ability to develop our important tourism sector in 2016, despite the ongoing global challenges to the sector.

“We are proud to welcome tourism stakeholders from around the world to Cairo for this important discussion.”

The event will include speeches and panel sessions involving a number of ambassadors to Egypt as well as a discussion led by airline and hotel representatives on increasing flights and hotel occupancy. There will also be an update on security by Control Risks.

The event will also cover the tourism initiatives planned for 2016 giving an overview of the international marketing campaign and developments at hotel and resort infrastructure across the country.