Karnak temple, Luxor (Reuters)
The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities has reduced ticket prices by 50 percent for foreign tourists visiting historical sites and museums in Upper Egypt's Qena, Luxor, and Aswan governorates during the summer.
The move is meant to invigorate tourism in Upper Egypt during the summer, when the number of visitors drops due to the hot weather
All foreign tourists will pay a flat rate, which is the price of a ticket for foreign students, which is 50 percent cheaper than the full ticket price.
Also, a new ticket booth will be opened at archaeological sites and museums, including the Museum of Hurghada, in the Red Sea governorate. This will facilitate the process of purchasing tickets for tourism companies.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is also moving towards digitalisation to allow for the online reservation of tickets for museums and archaeological sites. This will help facilitate the reservation process and shorten queues at ticket offices in museums and archaeological areas.
These measures are in line with the state's plans for digital transformation, which is key to developing the tourism sector and improving services for visitors at archaeological sites and museums.