Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has put forward plan to develop and raise efficiency of tourism services in museums and archaeological sites. Within that plan, efficiency of tourism services provided to visitors in number of archaeological sites in governorates of Fayoum and Aswan has been completed, in coordination with these governorates and under auspices of some sponsors from private sector.
Mrs. Iman Zidan, Assistant Minister for Archaeological Sites and Museums Development, explained that work of developing services in Fayoum began with cleaning site for Kom Oshim Museum, removing weeds and pruning trees, to use outside part and existing shops to display and sell the handicrafts and heritage products for which Fayoum is famous, especially in Tunis village.
In addition, indicative and identification panels and road signs showing archaeological and tourist attractions in governorate were placed.
Dr. Ali Omar, Chairman of Supreme Committee for Museum Display Scenarios, indicated that committee had agreed to enrich display of Kom Ushim Museum and provide it with number of artifacts from excavation work in Fayoum to be solid evidence of civilization that has existed in this region throughout ages.
As for Aswan,Mrs. Iman Zidan said that development and raising of efficiency of tourism services in museums and archaeological sites are taking place, as a part of initiative "Upgrading 2020/2021" in cooperation with number of sponsors. Display screens were provided at visitor centers of archaeological sites, and installation of display screens in Unfinished Obelisk, Abu Simbel Temple, and Edfu Temple, as well as in tourist offices at Aswan International Airport, and rest of sites are being completed, respectively.
Also, first batch of rubbish bins with a waste separation system arrived at Abu Simbel temple, in an effort to recycle and preserve environment.
It should be noted that "Irtiqa" initiative was launched by Ministry to develop and raise efficiency of visitor services in 20 archaeological sites and museums in various tourist governorates to improve visitor experience and services provided, through participation of private sector of companies and national banks as sponsors, as a part of their belief in their societal responsibility and their desire to support development projects. This all happened through commercial sponsorship regulation approved by the Board of Directors of Supreme Council of Antiquities to encourage cooperation with private sector.