Visit of Catherine Ashton to Luxor: 15/11/2012
End production: 15/11/2012 First transmission: 15/11/2012
On 15 November 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, participated at a discussion focusing on tourism sector challenges, in Luxor.
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||General views of the Nile (5 shots)
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in ENGLISH): One of the things that we were discussing in Cairo at Task Force was the importance of tourism to this country. We talked about the fact that every European child reads about the History of Egypt and dreams of one day having the chance to come and see it. We want to encourage Europeans to fulfil that dream and to come to visit this wonderful country. So, I am here to show a little bit about how important it is to be here and how wonderful it is to be here. This is a country full of culture, History, a vibrant past and a wonderful future, and we want to be part of it. So I hope that people having been at the Tourism Summit in Cairo, the tour operators, the hotel operators will do as much as they can to encourage as many Europeans as possible to come and see something completely unique in their lives, and I am going to take the opportunity myself with the Minister of Tourism and with the help of the Governor here, both of whom are firmly committed to doing what they can to support tourism from Europe to actually have the chance to see some of this.
There is plenty of room here. It is a great time to be here, but, of course it is good to see that the figures that were very low are beginning to return and I hope that, as a result of the way we have been doing, we will see those figures grow. As I say, this is a really important opportunity for people and a unique place.
This is a wonderful example of European and Egyptian collaboration because one of the challenges for this country is to protect and preserve its amazing heritage for generations to come and of course the reason that the wonderful things here that we are going to see at the Valley of the Kings have been preserved is because they were hidden. Therefore, tourists, the light, whatever, is going to change them. So the technology that was invented in Switzerland and Spain, as I understand it, has been able to produce a copy. Those who have seen the original tell me it is breath take. The purpose of that is for the Egyptian People to show a copy I hope in the place where it belongs in order that you can get absolutely the impression of the tomb without having to risk the tomb having further damage.
I hope the camera can pick up the beautiful weather and the fact that we are standing on the side of the Nile and it is November. So anyone in Europe at the present time just looks at the sky and look at the scenery. But, as I say, most importantly, all of you, anyone looking at this who has had any memory at their childhood will know something about this country’s History and I can testify to the glorious of the present, the food and the wonderful hospitality that people will find here. So I hope that anyone watching this will see it is a great place to come. It is a safe place to come and it is a wonderful experience, don’t ever forget.
||Exterior views of Winter Palace in Luxor (2 shots)
||Working dinner with Catherine Ashton (5 shots)