Egypt seeks to promote pilgrim tourism

Pope Francis looks over the river Nile from a terrace in Cairo. Photo / AP
Pope Francis looks over the river Nile from a terrace in Cairo. Photo / AP

Egypt plans to promote the route that the holy family is believed to have travelled through the Arab country when it fled from Palestine as a tourism destination.

The Egyptian tourism federation said Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed travelled to Rome to meet with representatives of the tourism sector in Vatican City, with which he will address the promotion of the holy family route in Egypt, where they fled from King Herod.

The Egyptian government wants to include this tourist attraction in the trips of pilgrims who come to the holy land, as it is a promising product that attracts a large group of tourists in the world.

Rashed said his trip to Rome comes after the success of the visit of Pope Francis to Egypt on April 28-29 and occurs within the framework of the ministry's interest in religious tourism.

The Pope went to Egypt on an official visit and said he considered himself a pilgrim. He said he felt honoured to visit the land where the holy family lived 2000 years ago.

The Pope's trip took place amid intense security measures and did not include the places where history indicates that the holy family stayed.

- AP

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