History of Tour Egypt
In 1994, InterCity Oz, Inc was asked by the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, under the direction of Mamdouh al-Beltagi, to develop the ministrys first website about Egypt. Jimmy Dunn, the president of InterCity Oz accepted the Ministry of Tourisms request to develop a joint website for the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt and the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA). A team made up of ten researchers spent six months starting 1995 writing some 5,000 pages regarding Egyptian Tourism and Ancient Egypt. The website they developed touregypt.net was online in 1996. Managing that web site meant many visits to Egypt for Mr. Dunn, having to meet with tourism officials and tourism industry personnel, and also researching and taking photographs in preparation for articles. Many of his visits were dedicated to exploring forgotten destinations tourists hardly visit but where there were ancient Egyptian sites.
After the establishment and launch of the website and for the next ten yearsJimmyDunn took a special interest in Egypt and continued to update the Tour Egypt website, along with various other writers, while still managing the site for the Ministry and ETA. He wrote under several pen names, sometimes specific to certain areas, monuments or topics. For example, he used the pen name Mark Andrews when he wrote about temples and Alan Winston when he wrote about pyramids.
Tour Egypt also contributed greatly to the tourism industry of Egypt; working with tour operators and organizers outside of Egypt, they supported a large group of Egyptian tourism companies and at the same time monitoring the tourists using them through a network called the AETBI (Association of Egyptian Travel Businesses on the Internet), This generated a large stream of tourists to these organizations, At the same time, Tour Egypt worked with tourists helping them planning their visits and fixing any problems they might have and making their stay as smooth as possible. For example, when Pope John Paul II visited Egypt, Tour Egypt assisted and was involved in part of the arrangements. Tour Egypt has also made arrangements and given assistance to writers, celebrities, and movie and television production companies about Egypt.