Egypt vowed to step up security for foreign visitors on Friday as it signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea on promoting bilateral tourism.
Zoheir Garranah, Egyptian Minister of Tourism, said in Seoul that his country will bolster anti-terrorist measures across the country, addressing concerns over violence by extremists there, according to Yonhap News Agency.
“The government of Egypt is making its best efforts to ensure the safety of foreigners not only in tourism attractions but in the entire country,” the visiting minister told Yonhap.
The accord signed between Garranah and Yu In-chon, South Korea’s minister for tourism, sports and culture, calls for the governments of the two countries to facilitate greater tourism, boost related investments and simplify visa processes, the report said.
“Egypt implements anti-terror measures on a pan-governmental level and is making its full efforts for the safety of not only locals but also foreigners, ” the minister was quoted as saying.
Egyptians are also interested in the fast-growing medical tourism industry in Korea, the world’s 13th largest economy, where foreign visitors often receive advanced medical care at a fraction of costs seen in other advanced countries, the minister said.