Following the election of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in June, the Egyptian government has appointed a new tourism minister, Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou.

Zaazou had served as the first assistant to Egypt's minister of tourism since 2008. He has worked in both the private and public tourism sectors for the past three decades, including having served on the board of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, the Egyptian Tourist Authority, the Tourism Development Authority and the Arab Tourism Organization. He is also a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Zaazou replaces Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, who was appointed by the transitional government that ran the country following the Egyptian revolution on Jan. 25, 2011. The tourism minister, along with all government ministers, is appointed by the prime minister. There is no set term.

Zaazou has laid out three initial priorities upon taking office, according to the Egypt Tourist Authority, the country's destination marketing organization. He wants to increase the marketing and promotion of Egypt, reorganize the tourism ministry's departments and increase investment in Egypt's tourism industry.

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