Egypt’s minister of tourism has labeled airport passenger departure(APD) tax rises by the UK government as ‘divisive’ - stating that the increasewill be the hardest challenge the country will have to overcome next year. Speakingat WTM at London’s ExCeL, the country’s tourism chief Zoheir Garramah said thathis office had a three plan to increase tourism from the UK by 60 to 70 percent- but the constrictions of APD would prevent the country from reaching its target.”We are not against the APD - and I do not want to challenge the departure taxitself,” said Garramah, minister of tourism. “We’re just asking that it getsunified. Tourism improves lots of economies all over the world and it plays amajor role in creating jobs. In Egypt alone, three million people work in thetourism industry.” Meanwhile, the Egyptian tourism ministry has announced thatit plans to enhance its flagship Nile cruise experiences by limiting the numberof boats that can dock at any one time along the banks of Luxor and Aswan. “Wehave been facing this problem for about ten to fifteen years,” Garramah admitted.”The product on the Nile is not as appealing as it used to be because ofpollution and boat congestion so it is time we paid the price for this. Fromnext month, new measures will be implemented so that no boats will be allowedto dock with their power generators on - we’re setting new standards for the NileCruises.” The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism is to invest 1.6 billion Egyptianpounds in the upgrading of Luxor’s facilities.