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CAIRO - 12 December 2022: Port Said Governorate is preparing for the launch of the "Port Said International Festival for Bird Watching", under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Set to take place on Thursday, December 22nd, the festival will be held in cooperation with the administration of Ashtoum El-Gamil Reserve, the Egyptian Society for Nature Conservation, and the Egyptian Wildlife Photographers Association.
The festival begins in the main conference hall of one of the Port Said tourist hotels, at exactly 10 am, in the presence of many important figures, including: ministers, ambassadors, artists, journalists and politicians. The press conference is followed by photographic activities for the birds at the Manzala Lake.
This event comes within the framework of the Tourism Authority's preparations to receive the 2022/2023 winter season, through updated promotional plans, to add new tourism patterns in Port Said, in line with the nature of regional competition in the tourism sector, including "eco-tourism".
The launch of a new tourism product in Egypt, which is the "Bird Watching Tourism", attracts the attention of a large segment of tourists and is characterized by high spending, which adds diversity to the tourism product in Port Said, and puts the city on the map of international tourism.
The "First International Port Said Bird Watching and Photography Festival" event is the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East, in which, for the first time, a free open invitation is extended to nature and wildlife lovers, for the observation of flocks of migratory birds, and amateur and professional photographers, to photograph them in the beautiful Ashtoum Reserve and within the largest natural water lake in Egypt - Lake Manzala.
More than 200 species of resident or migratory and rare birds were recorded at the lake, and more than 500 thousand birds were monitored in the lake, the most famous of which are: (flamingos, pelicans, wading birds, egrets, starlings, quails, gulls, storks, etc. ).
The festival is a first step towards the development of bird watching tourism, and the beginning of many activities that come within the tourism promotion plans for Port Said, which are carried out by the Tourism Promotion Authority through the tourism offices sector.