Emad HassanEmad Hassan, Energy Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Egypt
"The average Egyptian measures the health of the tourism sector by the numbers announced about tourists’ arrivals. While the link between these numbers and the well-being of the sector is there, this indicator needs to be further developed to include the economic, environmental and social impacts in order for it to properly address the true impact on the country"

 


Palitha GurusinghePalitha Gurusinghe, President, Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF), Sri Lanka
"At present, Sri Lanka Tourism is going after ‘Volume’ rather than ‘Value’; they are only interested in the ‘Headcount’. In the process, the Authorities have entirely forgotten projects and programmes on sustainable tourism and ecotourism"

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