Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany has announced a reduction in the price of the Luxor Pass, which gives access to ancient monuments in the city and the surrounding area.
Speaking at the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism in Luxor, Anany said that the board of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) approved the price reduction at its last meeting on Sunday. The move is an attempt to attract tourists to Egypt, while helping fund the ministry's work at restoring tombs and building museums, he said.
Anany combined his announcement with the opening to visitors of the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari.
Luxor is currently hosting the summit, which is organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with a view to boosting and improving city-based tourism globally.
Meanwhile, Mostafa Amin, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the first type of Luxor Pass had been reduced from US$270 to $200. The pass allows holders to visit all the archaeological sites, including those of Seti I and Nefertari.
Foreign students can now pay $100 or its equivalent in euros, instead of $135.
The second type of the permit has also been reduced. It includes visits to all archaeological sites in Luxor, except for the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari, for $100 or its equivalent in euros, instead of $110. Foreign students can pay $50 or its equivalent in euros, instead of $55.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm