Luxor - Egyptian minister of antiquities Khaled al-Enany said that preserving the country's cultural and archaeological heritage will surely promote and reactivate the tourism industry in the North African country.
Al-Anany's comments came during an exclusive interview with Xinhua during the opening of four tombs, in Upper Egypt's city of Luxor, that belong to the Royal Butlers of Queen Hatshepsut from the 18th Dynasty and King Ramses II from the 19th Dynasty.
The opening came after the completion of their restoration works which lasted for around four years.
The opening of such sites might help revive the ailing tourism industry in Egypt which was dealt a heavy blow following the Russian airplane crash in North Sinai last October, after which several countries, including Britain and Russia, suspended their flights to Egypt.
Since the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has descended into political, economic and social chaos, causing recession to its tourism industry, one of the main sources of the country's national income and foreign currency reserves. The minister said that the opening of the four tombs came within the framework of the antiquities ministry's efforts to protect Egypt's heritage and to open new archaeological sites to boost tourism.