At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Egypt’s Minister for Tourism Raina Al-Mashat made it know the country is looking to implement green tourism measures going forward. Speaking to CNN reporters Becky Anderson and John Defterios, Minister Al-Mashat said:
"What we are trying to do is green tourism… we’re changing the norms of our evaluation in our hotels. In the new norms we’re going to include environmentally sensitive aspects. Just last week, one of the biggest hotels in Egypt moved to solar energy and that is to allow to resource to be used to the servicing of tourism rather than paying an energy bill.”
Just this week the JW Marriott in Cairo launched its roof-top solar power station on Saturday, according to a statement by the United Nations Information Center in Cairo.
The solar energy station has a capacity of 150 KW and was established with technical and financial support from the UNDP-GEF Grid Connected Small Scale Photovoltaic System Project, which is implemented by the Industrial Modernization Center.