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Od lewej Mohamed Samir, Ahmed Abdallah, Paweł Niewiadomski, Tamer Marzouk

Polish Chamber of Tourisms to organise Congress in Port Ghalib, Egypt
23.10.2017

One of most favourite Polish tourists’ destinations and popular Red Sea resort, Port Ghalib, will be hosting representatives of the Polish travel industry, members of the Polish Chamber of Tourism.

The motto of this year’s Polish Chamber of Tourism Congress will be: “Breakthrough changes in tourism law: challenges and problems”. This year was a good one for the Polish travel industry. It brought an increase of inbound and outbound travel. A report prepared by the Polish Chamber of Tourism shows that the revenues of multi-agents selling the offer of Polish tour operators have increased by more than 35% in the summer season of 2017. And the data published by the Polish Statistics Institute show that the number of tourists in Polish hotels has exceeded 18 mln (14.25 mln were Polish travellers, 3.75 mln – foreign travellers).

Outbound travel in Poland has certainly benefited from the introduction of the Travel Guarantee Fund, because it has increased the confidence and financial security of Polish customers. Inbound tourism is on the other hand fiercly supported by a fast development of tourism infrastructure and a growing standard of services. If there’s anything that can put a stopper to the development of tourism business, it is the law that does not keep up with the change. And lately we have witnessed essential changes in legislation concerning travel.

The most important tourism acts of law have been modified over a short period of time. The revision of the Travel Package Directive and the introduction of Directive 2015/2302, which changes the way the tour operators’ market will be regulated, the introduction of the Travel Guarantee Fund, the new Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of personal data, the new Insurance Distribution Directive, and finally the implementation of those major changes to the Polish law – all of this will have an impact on travel businesses. The travel industry should be aware of those changes and have an opportunity to discuss and prepare the new legal environment.

There is also a need for an evaluation of the changes that have been made and for a complex analysis of those matters that have been neglected or regulated in a way that is inadequate to the realities of the market.

“The Polish Chamber of Tourism takes part in all the legislative steps. As a social partner we present the demands of the travel trade and safeguard its interests. The Congress is a great opportunity to create a joint position on those changes that are in progress and those that are yet ahead of us”, says Paweł Niewiadomski, the President of the Polish Chamber of Tourism.

This year’s Congress is being held as a courtesy of Major General Ahmed Abdallah, Governor of the Red Sea. The partners of the event are: Red Sea Hotels, Cairo Express Travel, ETI, Air Cairo and MIMC as the organiser. It is not by accident that one of the most popular resorts by the Red Sea was chosen to host the debate of the travel industry representatives.

Egypt, with its climate, culture, cuisine and high-standard infrastructure has always been popular among Polish tourists and was for many years on top of the list of their favourite destinations. The changing global reality and the decreasing sense of security in travel have caused a temporary decrease in the number of visitors from Poland. This trend has begun to reverse in the year 2017, which was a good one for tourism in Egypt.

“The first eight months of 2017 have shown a large increase of Polish travellers to Egypt. From January to August 2017 Egypt has been visited by 110,9 thousand of Poles, that is a 174 per cent increase comparing to the same period of 2016. In August 2017 21,6 thousand of Polish travellers visited Egypt, which is an increase of over 214 per cent versus August 2016”, says Major General Ahmed Abdallah, Governor of the Red Sea.

As the interest of Polish customers in travelling to Egypt is dynamically returning, the Polish Chamber of Tourism decided to organise a major travel industry event in this country. It will give the members of the Chamber an opportunity to update their knowledge of the current conditions in Egyptian resorts.

“Red Sea Hotels have the pleasure to host the PIT Congress in our luxury resort Port Ghalib. We believe that the Polish market is one of the most important source markets for tourism to Egypt. This is why our ETI tour operator has just started to operate in Poland this year. We would like to show our partners from Poland our exclusive hotels and services portfolio“, says Mohamed Samir, CEO of ETI & Red Sea Hotels.

“The Polish market is very promising for Egypt and has shown a very strong increase this year. MIMC is proud of connecting all the partners to carry out the PIT 2017 Congress in Port Ghalib, one of the most prestigious resorts, with its top convention centre. With the PIT Congress, MIMC supports the networking of Egyptian and Polish tourism sector, in order to develop sustainable business relations”, says Tamer Marzouk, Director of MIMC.

The Polish Chamber of Tourism Congress will be taking place in Marsa Alam from 25th of November until 2nd of December 2017.



The Polish Chamber of Tourism is the largest organisation founded by the tourism industry and operating all over the country. Our accomplishments during over 25 years of activity had strong impact on the way this business runs nowadays. Since May 2004 the Chamber is the full-fledged member of ECTAA.

Being supported by Poland's largest tour operators and travel agencies, we not only act actively for the sake of further tourism industry development, but also take good care of the already existing business. The organisation's structure, based on local representative offices situated in the main tourist locations like Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Łódź, Olsztyn, Poznań, Gdańsk, Warszawa, Kraków, Szczecin and Wrocław, is of vital importance. The Chamber has c.a. 500 members with about 1000 offices spread through the country and representing ca. 70% of floating capital in Polish tourism.


ECTAA is the Group of national travel agents’ and tour operators’ associations within the EU. It actively cooperates with European Union institutions and international organizations to ensure that their interests and special requirements are taken into consideration. ECTAA now represents the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of 27 EU Member States, of 2 EU accession countries as well Switzerland and Norway, and 3 international Members. The Polish Chamber of Tourism is the sole representative of Poland in ECTAA.


Red Sea Hotels brand, thanks to major investments in the dynamical growth, has in the last years become one of the largest hotel chains in Egypt. Red Sea Hotels guarantee a high quality of services and enjoy the trust of customers. In each of every 18 brand-chained hotels we put emphasis to attend every customer and his needs individually and to offer a high standard of service. Hotels are designed in an One Thousand and One Nights oriental palace style and offer a rich choice of restaurants, large complexes of swimming pools, vast green gardens and wide sandy beaches. One of its kind atmosphere makes the customer feel a welcome and long expected guest.

ETI offers its customers as many as 18 Red Sea Hotels in Egypt, located in: Hurghada Makadi Bay, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh. They are perfect for families with children as well as for sport lovers, people in different ages and singles. Everyone can find their favourite hotel, suited for one’s needs. Many regular customers, delighted with the comfort of leisure and unique attitude of the personel, come back to spend an unforgettable holiday in one of our hotels.

Red Sea Hotels is a German-Egyptian family company, operating on the German market for 19 years. In total it employs 12500 workers, make sure the guests are satisfied with the high quality of their stay.