Skilled tourism workers have abandoned the sector, and Egyptian hotels face considerable challenges in training new workers, according to Hussein Badran, adviser to the Ministry of Tourism for human resources development and training.
The ratio of workers to rooms has dropped from 7.9 workers for every room to a single worker for each room, Badran said.
According to the Egyptian Chamber of Hotels, there are 225,000 hotel rooms operating in Egypt.
Badran explained that developing and raising the competencies of tourism workers depends on programmes financed by the Ministry of Tourism.
According to the Sub-Accounts Unit of the Ministry of Tourism, there are 3.8 million workers in the tourism sector, 1.7 million of whom are directly employed by the sector and 1.8 million indirectly.
“Skilled labour continues to decrease, especially during the last three years as the inflow of tourism to Egypt remained low. Workers have preferred to move to other occupations as a consequence of radical views which have prevented working in tourism,” said Wagdi Al-Kerdany, a board member of the Egyptian Tourism Federation.
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