The Ministry of Antiquities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Ministry and the Chamber of Hotel Facilities to launch a donation campaign to collect money from tourists to complete the establishment of the Grand Egyptian Museum, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.
“Has begging in Egypt reached this extent?” asked Saher, commenting on the initiative. “Well, I guess in Egypt everyone begs now: Ministries, officials and the citizens themselves.”
The initiative will ask tourists to donate $ 1 or its equivalent in Egyptian pounds for each night they stay at an Egyptian hotel. The donation request will be printed on the hotel receipt tourists receive as they check out, though a maximum donation of $7 for one complete period has been set.
These funds will then be transferred to a Ministry of Antiquities account, said minister of antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim.
Hend El-Behary | Daily news Egypt