THE CHILD YOUSEF STARTED ORGANIZING TRIPS TO FRIENDS
January 1, 1990
The story started with Mohamed Yousef ‘Wanna be’ child explorer & tour guide: he started taking his friends to unknown places in Alexandria and beyond, Alexandria airport, adventures by train to nearby cities whetted Mohamed Yousefs taste for serious tourism work; despite getting his friends lost on many occasions where they were reduced to tears.
Also, being born in Alexandria, by the sea, made him wonder as a child where the sea goes and what kinds of people are on the other side as well as wondering how they live.
YOUSEF JOINED THE FACULTY OF TOURISM ALEXANDRIA UNIVERSITY
January 9, 1999
Joined the Faculty of Tourism to satisfy a deep desire to explore the other cultures and understand the people of the world. Met Haitham a close friend he will be later General Manager of Ramasside Group.
DIFFICULT START & PROMOTED TO BE TOURISM MANAGER
January 9, 2002
2002 – 2007 Yousef had a difficult start. Knowing no one in the field and with no money to support him, he tried to get his foot in the Tourism sector by working as: dish-washer up’er (1 day after destroying the kitchen), waiter (4 days after spilling the wedding banquet over the bride and Groom).
The starting point was when he joined a leading travel company: TUI (Egypt branch Travco) and worked as a Travel Representative.
After short time of proving himself a hard and capable worker, he was promoted to be a Tour Manager and then to be the Tourism Manager.
YOUSEF STARTED DREAM TRAVEL AGENCY BUSINESS
August 1, 2006
After years of being in Tourism, Mohamed had a dream and a vision to start a dream travel agency business. His mission was to make tourism 100% different to all that he had seen before. A dream to enable travellers to have totally fulfilling and deep travel experiences to Egypt.
Obstacles, such as needing a property to start a business, did not stop the dream. The only small family flat was sacrificed and made into an office. Working, living and sleeping in a such a small office with his mum was a tremendously difficult start.
At this point, a very close friend; Mohamed Attar believed in the dream and played an important role supporting yousef & helping the dream come true, Followed shortly afterwards by their close friend Haitham Massoud.
PAY IF SATISFIED CREATIVE CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED
January 10, 2007
Thinking outside of the box, Mohamed Yousef took a leap of faith and became the first company to offer a ‘pay when you are satisfied at the end of your tour’, marketing campaign.
Despite people in the Tourism sector telling him it was a very bad idea, it was instrumental in driving the newly built company to immediate success; forcing other tourism companies not only in Egypt but also in Europe that work in same shore excursions business to follow.
Ramasside created a new vision in the Tourism industry in Egypt. It challenged Egyptian Travel Agency’s mindsets and company behaviours. Always a forerunner in creative and meaningful travel services, Mohamed Yousef believes in offering a personal lifetime experience; showing them the real Egypt, not simply a touristic trip.
His first quote ” We are not selling tours; we offer experience an experience of a lifetime”
As a result of this vision and the marketing campaign, 25% of all port excursions were handled by Ramasside in the first 3 months of the campaign.
FIRST COMPANY OFFICE WAS PURCHASED
July 1, 2008
2008 A travel company office was purchased, Mohamed’s mum was given back her property and left in peace and the Travel agency license was collected. A new era had begun.
RAMASSIDE EARNT FIRST CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
June 1, 2009
2009 The certificate of excellence was earnt from Trip advisor for being the best travel agency in Egypt
Yousef Represented Egypt In Excel London – ITB-Berlin
March 1, 2010
Mohamed Yousef Ramasside as he like to name himself was chosen to represent Egypt in Excel London and the ITB-Berlin.
YOUSEF CHOSEN TO BE A LECTURER AT THE FACULTY OF TOURISM
September 1, 2009
2011 Mohamed Yousef was chosen to be a lecturer at the Faculty of Tourism: Teaching the future leaders of Tourism his new ways of thinking and helping them have a new vision for Tourism in Egypt.
BBC FEATURED MOHAMED YOUSEF IN HIS 1ST PUBLIC INTERVIEW
November 7, 2009
BBC featured Mohamed Yousef in his 1st public interview: Arab nations aim to win back tourists
You can read full interview here :
YOUSEF STARTS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY (RAMASSIDE TRANS)
April 1, 2012
Mohamed Yousef Ramasside’s next step was to develop a transportation company Ramasside Trans offering luxury travel for the clients.
TOP-PERFORMING 10% OF ALL TRAVEL BUSINESSES WORLDWIDE
May 12, 2012
2012 Agent of the Year Award – Travel Trade Magazine 2012
Award of Excellence Top-performing 10% of all travel businesses worldwide – Trip Advisor.
YOUSEF LAUNCHES RAMASSIDE GROUP IN DUBAI, TURKEY, LEBANON & JORDAN
January 1, 2013
Mohamed Yousef Ramasside as he like to name himself launched a group of travel companies, expanded in the middle east;: Low Cost Tours, Last Minute Holidays, Dubai Tours, Your Turkey Tours, Beirut Tours etc…
Yousef Ramasside launched 50 travel websites worldwide: 1, 823, 000 visitors annually – marketing holidays worldwide.
News paper interview for more details:
YOUSEF LAUNCHES 25 MILLION TOURISTS PROJECT
July 1, 2013
After 12 years in tourism, the vision grew from the development of an individual business to the vision and development of tourism in Egypt a project with proposals to increase tourism to Egypt by 25,000 000.
CBC interview Mohamed Yousef about his 25,000,000 million tourists to Egypt project.
you can watch interview here: https://youtu.be/U-BBMXeAVJ4
THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE WAS EARNT
February 1, 2014
The certificate of excellence was earnt from Trip advisor for being the best travel agency in Egypt and in the top 10% of Travel Businesses Worldwide.
YOUSEF WAS APPOINTED ADVISER TO THE MINISTER OF TOURISM
July 1, 2014
The Presidency office contacted Yousef Ramasside and asked him to send more details about his 25 million tourists project to be presented President Sisi.
Then Mohamed Yousef was appointed Adviser to the Minister of Tourism and became part of a think-tank to move tourism in Egypt to a new and unprecedented level by marketing Egypt online in new and progressive ways.
His first TV interview on his new role:
YOUSEF CHOSEN FOR FUTURE GOVERNORS – MINISTERS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
February 15, 2015
February 15, 2015
The Future Ministers and Governors programme(organized by the President of Egypt) chose YOUSEF to be in the Future Ministers Program. A program of 30 entrepreneurs were chosen to help improve the country after the revolution. Graduated with honors
The Egyptian Government start the first Governmental Leadership Program (Q. L. M. G.) in the Middle East to prepare publically recognised young leaders and entrepreneurs in their own fields for roles in the government as ministers or governors etc., and Mohamed yousef was chosen to be part of the next generation of leaders.
LETTER OF GRATITUDE FROM THE MINISTER OF TOURISM
March 10, 2015
Yousef efforts in the promotion of Tourism are rewarded with a letter of gratitude from the Minister of Tourism.
MINISTER OF TOURISM ENDORSES MOHAMED YOUSEF AND RAMASSIDE IN LIVE PRESS CONFERENCE
April 10, 2015
His Highness, Excellency, Mr. Khalid Ramey. Minister of Tourism endorsing Mohamed Yousef and his Company Ramasside in press conference expecting that he will be achieve great steps in the online tourism field for Egypt.
Watch the press conference: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MWPcPvlop3A
Minister assigned Yousef Responsible for E-Tourism Marketing
April 15, 2015
Mr. Khaled Ramy, Minister of Tourism assigned Mr Mohammad Yousuf, a member of the Advisory Council of Tourism Minister, the formation of a team to be trained on the marketing of Egypt electronically, with the aim that Egypt become the first destination on line.
He has also been assigned to update the website official of the Ministry of Tourism , as well as marketing on social networks, YouTube and all electronic means of marketing.
more details in the news article: http://www.youm7.com/2152256
YOUSEF REPRESENTS EGYPT IN GREECE TRAVEL CONFERENCE
May 1, 2015
Yousef Represents Egypt In Greece Travel Conference
Australian Tourism Minister, Prof Dimitrios Buhalis Bournemouth University Uk, President Tourism Authority Greece, President Cyprus Tourism Organization & M.Yousef Egypt.
Watch full speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeCHPpKoMDE&t=56s
CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2015
May 20, 2015
The certificate of excellence was earnt from Trip advisor for being the best travel agency offering top services to tourists in Egypt and in the top 10% of Travel Businesses Worldwide.
RAMASSIDE EVENTS ORGANIZE MISS ALEXANDRIA 2015
June 13, 2015
Yousef Organizes Miss Alexandria 2015 to Promote Tourism to his city Alexandria and to show real image of the Egyptian women.
More details :
CHILDHOOD DREAMS COME TRUE PILOT OF AN AEROPLANE
August 6, 2015
Aug 2014 Childhood dreams come true: Mohamed becomes the pilot of an aeroplane for the first time in the UK, Did the first pilot selfie photo while flying.
Video of his First time Flying:
CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2017
1, JAN 2017
New Headoffice ; Grand Opening of Our New Offices in Alexandria
1, APRIL 2017
Grand Opening of Our New Offices in Cairo
1, SEP 2017
Chairman of Ramasside Wins the U.N. World Tourism Organisation Award
18, JAN 2017
Today, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation announced that Mr. Mohamed Yousef, an Egyptian entrepreneur and founder of an online Travel Agency, has won the UNWTO award for innovation in tourism.
The UNWTO Awards, held at the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), celebrate excellence and innovation in the tourism sector. They recognise exceptional leaders and their visionary leadership and significant contribution throughout the nominee’s career as an inspirational role model for the development at the local, national, regional or international level.
The Award has particularly valued Mr. Mohamed Yousef ‘s Innovative use of E-Tourism strategy – which uses many new online marketing techniques. It enables any tourist destination to attract more travellers. The techniques empower them to manage, dominate and direct the online reputation of their destination
Representing Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Yousef received an award for Excellence and Innovation for Public Policy and Governance for a Strategic Tourism Initiative made and implemented whilst in his role as E-Tourism advisor to the Minister of Tourism.
Mr. Mohamed Yousef said, “I feel very humbled and I would like to thank the UNWTO for awarding our E-Tourism techniques.”
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai stated, “In the last decade the Awards have shown the sector’s high commitment to this goal, which this year has a special meaning as we celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017.”
Mr. Mohamed Yousef concluded his speech by stating, “Having worked in E-Tourism for 15 years, I can tell you that the E-Tourism strategy is positively the fastest way to market your destination and increase your market share of travelers.”
Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Portugal were in the list of final candidates from which the Egyptian Candidate was chosen.
The Egyptian Government official website states that my award was one of Egypt’s official achievements in 2017. I am listed in the middle – amongst all the great achievements for Egypt for this year
The American Embassy congratulated Mohamed Yousef, receiving the united nations award officially in a post on their website
Yousef was invited to take a very prominent position by sitting in the first row with the ministers and the Egyptian President at his conference on Egyptian entrepreneurs leading the future of our Country.
My role model The Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris, invited me to discuss my story and business that led to the UN World Tourism Org Award for innovation. The meeting resulted in co-operation between Ramasside Tours and Orascom developments hotels in El Gouna
Because you’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we’re pleased to announce that Ramasside Tours has qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2018.
Arab League awarded Mohamed Yousef the Award of Excellence at the Arab Academy for Technology and Science for his work in the Tourism field within the Universities in Egypt and for being a role model for students by representing Egypt in the National, MENA and International arenas.
Notes: The Arab Academy Yousef’s photo (as seen above in the top posted and covering the façade of the Academy for 3 days as recognition for his efforts )
Supporting the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Tourism (alongside other International Tourism experts) to form the 5 Year Vision Strategy for Neom – the new face of tourism for Saudi Arabia.
Yousef was invited (and attended) President Barack Obama’s ‘Changemakers’ Global Summit 2019 to discuss the work that led to the UN World Tourism Organization Award for Innovation. Organized by The World Travel & Tourism Council Global
This title was given after receiving more than 61,300 votes by public. Some of the competitors were Ministers of Tourism and from the MENA region including Tunisia.
Mohamed Yousef was chosen as a member of the board of directors for the Egyptian travel agents association and became part of a think-tank to move tourism in Egypt to a new level.
Contact Mr. Yousef