Orascom Development Egypt (ODE) has announced it will gradually reopen its El Gouna Hotels from 15 May in time for Eid Al-Fitr.
ODE said the gradual reopening plans will ensure all hotels in El Gouna will be open for business by 21 May, with its Taba Heights Hotels to also reopen on 21 May.
The Egyptian government has allowed for hotels and resorts to reopen to domestic tourism from 15 May. This comes after closures were announced on 19 March, as part of government precautionary measures designed to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
According to government regulations, hotels will be permitted to operate at a maximum capacity of 25% until 1 June, and at 50% following this date. The number of occupancies will be in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, to ensure quality of personal protective tools and sterilisation materials.
“We have used the temporary suspension of hotel operations to monitor WHO guidelines, government mandates and public health advancements to tailor and implement sanitation and staff training programmes that ensure our hotels continue to provide a safe haven for our guests and staff,” said Abdelhamid Abouyoussef, interim CEO at ODE.
“Since International travel from and to Egypt remains closed, we expect domestic travel to pick up, with local occupancies increasing more than usual in El Gouna. Moreover, in appreciation of the situation and the travel uncertainties, the Group has released flexible booking terms and conditions. This initiative helped maintain decent short-term demand levels”, he added.