Tourism – Daily News Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:46:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 30 tourism developers to build 10k hotel rooms in New Alamein https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/11/30-tourism-developers-to-build-10k-hotel-rooms-in-new-alamein/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:25:23 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716366 He added that the Ministry of Housing represented in the New Urban Communities Authority has spent EGP 25bn in housing and infrastructure projects in the city, of which roughly EGP 8bn for providing public facilities.

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New Alamein city is set to be an international tourism city that is planned to include approximately 10,000 hotel rooms, said Deputy Minister of Housing for National Projects, Khaled Abbas.

Abbas told Daily News Egypt that about 30 tourism developers will be assigned to develop the planned hotel rooms.

He added that the Ministry of Housing represented in the New Urban Communities Authority has spent EGP 25bn in housing and infrastructure projects in the city, of which roughly EGP 8bn for providing public facilities.

He revealed that the ministry has contacted Disney to open a branch of the international entertainment complex in New Alamein, however, the American company said it’s working on another project in Dubai and does not intend to have a new project in the region for the current period.

Commenting on allegations that private real estate developers do not have access to lands in New Alamein, Abbas said that lands are available for all developers under the new allocation mechanism, dubbed “Market Oriented”, however, most developers want lands overlooking the sea.

He elaborated that the total area of New Alamein is 50,000 feddan, and only 8,000 feddan overlook the sea, of which 30% will be allocated for building roads and the corniche. Therefore, the net area may be 3,000-5,000 feddan.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada airports fastest growing in Africa: Routesonline https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/10/sharm-el-sheikh-hurghada-airports-fastest-growing-in-africa-routesonline/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:00:05 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716161 It said Sharm El Sheikh airport is the fastest growing major airport in Africa by capacity.

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Routesonline’s new study said that Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and Hurghada Airport are of the fastest growing in Africa, local media reported.

It said Sharm El Sheikh airport is the fastest growing major airport in Africa by capacity.

The study indicated that Sharm El Sheikh airport’s capacity has increased by 28.9% in 2019, providing 1.49m available departure seats rather than 1.16m departure seats in 2018. While Hurghada airport came  third on the top ten list, recording a growth rate of 11.9% this year, as its capacity growth has increased, reaching more than double the number of seats in 2016.

Sharm El Sheikh airport tops the list, showing that it has recovered greatly after the crash of the Russian Metrojet flight 9268 in Sinai four years ago. After taking-off from Sharm El-Sheikh airport the flight  was destroyed, likely by a bomb on board, and left no survivors from the 224 passengers and crew.

Although the incident lead to a drop in tourism starting 2015, Egypt was able to recover, tightening security procedures in Egyptian airports, which encouraged the British government to lift its four-year ban on air travel to the Red Sea governorates in October 2019.   

Routesonline is responsible for organising and operating world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its annual World Route development forum. They are held in key markets throughout the year in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Bimaristan Al Muayyad, one of the world’s largest hospital, is locked behind Islamic Cairo’s gates https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/07/bimaristan-al-muayyad-one-of-the-worlds-largest-hospital-is-locked-behind-islamic-cairos-gates/ Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:58:14 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=715868 Sultan Muayyed shiekh killed his son and built one of largest hospitals in the Islamic world

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Looking from Cairo Citadel, people can only see Sultan Hassan and Al-Rifa’i Mosques. Yet, beside the Citadel, there is a mesmerising forgotten place, Darb Al Labana.

This area has the fourth largest Bimaristan (hospital) in the Islamic world, which is locked behind one of the oldest gates in Islamic Cairo.

When looking at the etymology of the hospital, we find that “Bimaristan” is of Persian decent, and is comprised of two words, “Bimar” meaning sick and “Stan” meaning place. So, in essence, Bimaristan means the place of the sick people, or hospital. As the word travelled west into Arabic speaking regions, it changed from Baimaristan to Moristan, where the word was associated closely to hospitals, specifically mental hospitals.

Although Bimarist al-Muayyad sheikh, as any hospital was established to cure all the diseases, its functions have changed over time to become a place to cure only one disease.

Al Muayyad Sheikh was Sultan of Egypt in the era of Mamluk Circassians. He ordered to build the Bimaristan on the hill near Cairo Citadel.

When the Sultan died, the hospital’s expenses were reduced; therefore the hospital could only specialise and cure only one type of disease. Although, Al-Nasir Muhammad’s Bimarstan was the only hospital to specialise in curing mental illness diseases.

Entering the Bimarstan, visitors would witness a huge hall with mihrab, which indicates the qibla for prayer; this hall was used as a small mosque for the patients and doctors inside the hospital. The Bimaristan was the third largest hospital in Egypt and the fourth in the Islamic world.

The two-story hospital was divided into two sectors one for males and the other for females, with a timber-roofed middle hall, it also had a water tank, which was located 10 metres below the hospital. However, the women department was ruined, as well as the pharmacy, library, and a small mosque.

Al Muayyad Sheikh is well known for killing his own son. Ibrahim was the son of Al-Muayyad not different from his father, Ibrahim was intelligent and brave, so the military campaigns were led by him.

Achieving victory in the military campaigns, one of the Sultan’s ministers tried to create a dispute between the Sultan and his son.  The minister had warned the Sultan that some princes would like to overthrow him and appoint his son Ibrahim instead in the Sultanate, advising him to get rid of Ibrahim to regain control of the kingdom.

Al Muayyad Sheikh, had put poison in food to kill his son. Screaming from excessive pain, the young man who was not over the age of twenty years, was dying in front of his father. The sultan did not bear the cries of his son, and decided to look for an antidote to save his son from death. However the young man was dying and all of the drugs and treatments did not work.

The sultan got paralyzed during his son’s funeral, to die only six months later. It was said that the Sultan found out that his son was loyal, and the young man was unjustly accused by the minister. The Sultan accordingly was ordered the minister to be killed.

Protected by gates, Tekkeyet Al-Bustami is also located in Darb Al Labana in Islamic Cairo.

Entering Darb Al Labana’s gates, people witness Tekkeyet Al-Bustami, and Al-Muayyedi Bimaristan, both sites are connected by a small tunnel and protected by the gate.

Tekkeyet Al-Bustami is believed to be built by sultan Mohamed Ibn Qalawun, who also might have built a small mosque for a Sufi man named Taqieddin Al-Bustami from Persia who lived there until he passed away.

Then the mosque turned into Tekyeh, which refers to a place where Sufis gather to worship. The Tekyeh has a central court, surrounded by a small mosque, and a school.

Darb Al-Laban Gate was built in limestone during the Bahari Mameluke era and located beside the Tekyeh. It consists of a gate which is the oldest of those that once marked the entrance to many Islamic City alleys. However, many of them were destroyed since 1798, during the French campaign in Egypt.

The gate has a small-decorated widow with iron bars to allow the entrance of air and light. It is decorated with wooden and stone decorative elements with geometric designs.

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Thomas Cook owes €14m to Egyptian tourism sector: local agent https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/19/thomas-cook-owes-e14m-to-egyptian-tourism-sector-local-agent/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:14:44 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714389 Blue Sky Travel Group bought two hotels in Sharm El Sheikh with investments of $50m: El-Shaer

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The volume of the travel agency Thomas Cook’s debts for the Egyptian tourism sector does not exceed €14 m, of which €7m are for Blue Sky Group, the agency’s agent in Egypt, according to Blue Sky.    

Late in September, the British Tourism company, Thomas Cook officially announced  that it collapsed after failing to secure its necessary funding, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad. The company’s debt globally amounts to £1.7 bn.

Hossam El-Shaer, chairperson of Blue Sky Group, owner of the Sunrise Inn, and chairperson of Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETTA), told Daily News Egypt that Thomas Cook’s assets will be sold to pay off its debts, noting that the company’s bankruptcy did not negatively affect Egyptian hotels, especially that many companies have acquired their share in Egypt.

With regards to Blue Sky Group’s expansion plan, El Shaer stated that it has bought two hotels in Sharm el-Sheikh that were closed with investments worth $50 m.

He added that his company will completely renovate the two hotels before reopening them, especially as the closure period exceeds three years.

El-Shaer revealed that his company would invest another $15m to develop the two hotels, according to the company’s initial studies.


He showed that his company is about to complete the construction of three other hotels in Sharm El Sheikh, which will include 650 rooms scheduled to be opened in 2020, with investments of EGP 1.5bn.

According to Al-Shaer, the investments pumped in the three hotels amounted to EGP1.5 bn, co-financed with a number of banks which he did not disclose their names.

He explained this his company is taking part in these investments to keep in line with the remarkable increase in tourist arrivals to Egypt, which is estimated to reach 30%, compared to 2018.


Blue Sky Group owns more than 20 hotels in different tourist areas in Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, and South Sinai.

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3,477 Bulgarian tourists visited Egypt in 9M 2019: Bulgarian Tourism Minister https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/18/3477-bulgarian-tourists-visited-egypt-in-9m-2019-bulgarian-tourism-minister/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:06:42 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714287 Egyptian companies and their Bulgarian counterparts are studying to operate one-day trips from Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada to Sphinx Airport

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Egypt has received 3,477 Bulgarian tourists from January to September 2019, compared to 2,859 tourists during the same period in 2018, a 21.6% hike, the Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova told Daily News Egypt.

The Minister also revealed that an average of 1,500-2,000 Egyptians visit Egypt every year, while an average of 3,000-4,000 Bulgarians travel to Egypt annually. She mentioned that the number of Egyptian tourists is small, but the Bulgarian state is willing to invest a lot in tourism advertisements.

Angelkova mentioned that the Bulgarian tourists mainly visit Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Cairo, during the summer season, while the Egyptian tourists that visit Bulgaria are enjoying cultural and historical tourism.

Notably, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat signed a memorandum of understanding with her Bulgarian counterpart in May for boosting cooperation between the two sides in the tourism field, including the development of joint tourism products in the fields of cultural, beach, festive, and food tourism.

The MoU includes the exchange of information related to the organisation and participation in international events such as large-scale annual tourism exhibitions and conferences organised in both countries, in order to promote the two countries` tourism products.

The two sides also agreed on cooperation in the development of tourism infrastructure in their countries.

Commenting on this MoU, Angelkova stated that she expects 50% increase in the number of the Bulgarian tourists to Egypt.

“Challenges and opportunities are everywhere, tourism is the most competitive sector and what we have to offer is high-quality products, safety of the destination, easy connectivity, and marketing. Those are really important sides of every country policy when offering tourism products,” she said.

She praised Egypt’s tourism reform programme, stating that through this programme, Al-Mashat is trying to foster and encourage people to be more engaged in tourism.

“So, I think tourism is essential if we want to boost the economy further, and it’s one of the sectors that gives the possibility to everyone to be engaged,” she assured.

In that context, the Bulgarian Minister revealed that the tourism represents 12% of her state’s GDP.

Angelkova’s remarks came on the sidelines of press conference of the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and her Bulgarian counterpart in the presence of several tourism companies from both countries, held by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. The conference aims to strengthen tourism cooperation between the two countries and to activate the terms of the May’s MoU.

In response, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism stated that the Bulgarian-Egyptian relationships are very strong, based on very strong political agreements.

She stated that Egypt’s tourism industry is of utmost importance important, and is one of the most important sources of national income, mentioning that it represents 15% of Egypt’s GDP.

Moreover, Chairperson of Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETTA), Hossam El-Shaer, stated that Egyptian companies are studying with their Bulgarian counterparts to operate one-day trips from Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada to Sphinx Airport.

He pointed out that these trips will enable tourists to visit the Great Egyptian Museum and the Giza Pyramids.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Alexandria record highest YoY RevPAR increase in 2020: Colliers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/17/sharm-el-sheikh-hurghada-alexandria-record-highest-yoy-revpar-increase-in-2020-colliers/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:21:08 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=714247 UAE markets to achieve stable performance levels, Saudi to benefit from tourist visa changes in 2020

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Egypt’s coastal cities Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria to top the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) cities in terms of revenues per available rooms (RevPAR) in 2020, according to Colliers International’s MENA Full-Year Forecast 2020 report.

The average year-over-year (YoY) increase in the three cities is forecasted at 13% for Sharm El Sheikh, 11% for Hurghada, and 9% in Alexandria.

The Sunday report indicates that the trio will witness an average occupancy rate of 64% for Sharm El-Sheikh, 70% for Hurghada, and 84% for Alexandria.

Egypt’s Cairo and Lebanon’s Beirut as well are expected to witness 8%, and 5% increase in RevPAR respectively, with an occupancy rate of 81% in Cairo’s case, and 64% in Beirut.

The most notable decreases in RevPAR cited in the report are expected in UAE’s Fujairah with 8% decrease YoY, followed by UAE’s Sharjah with 6% decrease YoY, and Kuwait City with 5% decrease YoY.

The report forecasts that UAE markets are expected to achieve relatively stable performance levels in 2020, with the first three months of Expo 2020 Dubai falling in the fourth quarter. 

Accordingly, Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road and DIFC markets are expected to witness a 0% change in RevPAR and an average occupancy of 80%. While Dubai’s Creek and Palm Jumeirah to witness 1%, and 2% decrease in RevPAR respectively. 

In Abu Dhabi’s case, the city is expected to witness a 1% increase in RevPAR, while Abu Dhabi beach will witness a 1% decrease in RevPAR. 

For Saudi, the report indicates that markets will continue to benefit from tourist visa changes and other Outlook initiatives. Although new supply might put downward pressure on rates, recent initiatives are expected to have a positive impact on occupancy levels. Thus, Riyadh is expected to see a 3% increase in RevPAR.

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Egypt’s coastal markets continue to improve: Colliers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/12/egypts-coastal-markets-continue-to-improve-colliers/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:30:11 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713763 Supply in major Egyptian markets has grown at annual average of 3%, says Colliers

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The Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh markets have experienced the largest year-over-year (y-o-y) improvement in occupancy in year to date (YTD) 2019. Over the same period, the coastal cities have achieved an improvement of over 20% in the average daily rate (ADR), according to Colliers Internationale’s Mena Hotels Quarterly Review for the third quarter (Q3) of 2019.

The report said that supply in major Egyptian markets has grown at annual average of 3%. This has accompanied a diversification of key source markets resulting in growth of demand in the last three years. Considering the low occupancy in coastal cities in 2016, the market has been able to absorb the returning demand with minimal added hospitality supply.

“YTD 2019 is marked by the coastal markets continued improvement, with the Alexandria market recording a 23% increase in ADR y-o-y performance and the Sharm El Sheikh market achieving a 9% improvement in occupancy over the same period,” the report read. “In Hurghada, Rixos Hotels is developing a 1,600 square km luxury resort, projected to open in 2020.”

Colliers noted that the improved performance in fiscal year (FY) 2019 is expected in all Egyptian markets. Sharm El Sheikh is on track to end the year with the largest y-o-y improvement in occupancy of 15% accompanied by a 17% growth in ADR.

Occupancy change in Sharm El Sheikh hotel market YTD in 2019 recorded 9% compared to 20% YTD in 2018, meanwhile, ADR change in Sharm El Sheikh reached 23% YTD in 2019, compared to 24% YTD in 2018

The announced Rixos Makadi Heights is expected to redevelop an existing 1,100 keys and then expand further to create a 1,636 square km megaresort. This property currently accounts for 25% of the announced branded supply to enter the Egyptian market in the next three years, the report elaborated.

The report highlighted that the occupancy change rate in Cairo registered 6% YTD in 2019, compared to 2% in FY 2019, moreover, occupancy change in Hurghada hotels is 21% YTD in 2019, compared to 23% YTD in 2018 and 19% in FY 2019.

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CNN’s Destination Egypt sheds the light on country’s lesser known treasures https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/09/cnns-destination-egypt-sheds-the-light-on-countrys-lesser-known-treasures/ Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:12 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713493 During our trip, we experienced the ancient streets of Cairo before embarking on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan - ending our adventure on the tranquil coast of the Red Sea. 

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Egypt has a long history of tourism: synonymous with the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings, Egypt’s ancient monuments and archeological hotspots have captured the imagination of travelers for centuries. But beyond these awe-inspiring treasures, the country’s rich traditions and natural attractions are beginning to beckon travelers, too.

When we were brainstorming our ideas for the new Destination Egypt series, we agreed that we wanted to showcase the country’s traditional wonders in a new light, and uncover some lesser known experiences that make Egypt a diverse and contemporary travel destination. 

During our trip, we experienced the ancient streets of Cairo before embarking on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan – ending our adventure on the tranquil coast of the Red Sea. 

The Red Sea was my personal highlight. From diving to eco-tourism, this beautiful coast line really does have something for everyone.

 

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

 

With over 1,200 species of fish existing in the Red Sea, it’s a go to location for divers and snorkelers alike. The vast majority of these species survive by seeking protection from some of the world’s best coral reefs. As coral bleaching destroys reefs around the world, the Red Sea is the exception. In Marsa Alam, you will find some of the globe’s most impressive reefs. One of the main reasons for this is that the salinity of the Red Sea is 6% more than any other sea or ocean; it is also 2 degrees warmer in temperature. There is a chain of volcanic mountains running along the Red Sea – when it rains, minerals and nutrients run off the mountains and into the sea, feeding and nourishing the coral. Also, strong currents bring oxygen for corals to breathe.

The same size as Holland or Switzerland, Marsa Alam boasts more than 50 resorts employing 27,000 people and is committed to practicing sustainable tourism.

 

There is a war on plastic in the area – from the elimination of single use plastics across the resorts to encouraging tourists to partake in daily beach clean ups. I joined one of the clean ups and found that tourists love taking part to show their appreciation of the natural wonders that they have enjoyed during their stay, whilst also giving back to the local community. From using solar energy to power the resorts to growing organic food – all contribute to this region’s green credentials. In one resort, Marsa Shagra, they limit the number of snorkelers and divers that can access the coral reef – thereby protecting it and ensuring it remains among the top coral reef destinations in the world. 


From diving to snorkeling, my favorite underwater species was the Indo Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. We joined a real-life dolphin whisperer, Angela Ziltener, a marine biologist and conservation campaigner with Dolphin Watch Alliance. Ziltener knows every one of the 300 dolphins individually and has named them all. We joined her over two days as she educated a group of tourists on how to interact with the dolphins. Living in pods that can number a dozen or more, these dolphins were intensely social, communicating through squeaks, whistles and clicks. Through her research, Ziltener found that the dolphins swim deep out into the Red Sea at night and return to the coral reefs of El Gouna and Marsa Alam during the day to sleep. As a result, there are certain precautions that tourists should take, and she has introduced a code of conduct for tour operators and tourists to observe.

 

Ziltener said, “There is code of conduct for boats and for swimmers. It is really important that we don’t chase after them and keep a minimum distance of 50 metres. Dolphins hear 10 times better than humans and so when in the water, swimmers shouldn’t splash about too much. It is also vital that people do not attempt to feed the dolphins, which can actually make them really sick. In a similar vein, if you see plastic, it’s important that you take it out. 

 

Humans should never be the active person in any dolphin encounter. Tourists must learn how to interact with these beautiful mammals. We are the guests visiting their home. If we do not take care, we will lose this treasure and they will leave the area.”

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The Most Amazing Sights to See When Visiting Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/11/04/the-most-amazing-sights-to-see-when-visiting-egypt/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 21:15:40 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=713033 Egypt is a country with a rich, ancient history. Whether you are into archeology or simply just fascinated by old structures that have withstood the test of time,

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Egypt is a country with a rich, ancient history. Whether you are into archeology or simply just fascinated by old structures that have withstood the test of time, then Egypt should definitely be on your bucket list. Egypt has so much to offer in terms of incredible sights to witness. Even though the elements have tried to hide the massive structures built by the rulers of Egypt, archeologists have worked tirelessly to find them and share them with the world. Egypt has numerous temples, complexes, pyramids, and ancient markets to explore. While everyone knows about the Valley of Kings and the Pyramids of Giza, there are several other incredible things to check out. Here’s a list of the most amazing sights to see when visiting Egypt.

Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church

Cairo

Often referred to as the Hanging Church, this Coptic Christian Church gives an impression of being suspended in midair. Built in the 7th century, with extensive restoration in the 10th century, the church is sure to several apparitions of Mary. There are 29 steps leading into the church. Its main features include a timber roof resembling Noah’s ark and an incredible marble stone pulpit with 13 marble columns representing Jesus and his 12 disciples, one is which is black indicating the betrayal of Judas and another gray representing Thomas’ doubt of the resurrection.

Mortuary Temple of Seti I

Abydos

Unlike other temples, the Mortuary Temple of Seti I is an L-shaped structure. It has seven great doorways dedicated to Amun-Ra, Horus, Isis, Osiris, Ptah, Ra-Horakhty, and Seti I. The limestone structure is filled with reliefs, sandstone papyrus columns, and friezes. There are also numerous figures of Seti I, Ramses II, and other earlier pharaohs. While the temple was started by Seti I himself towards the end of his reign and completed by his son, Ramses II. While most of this temple complex is in ruins, you can still visit the temple and observe the numerous statues, architecture, and hieroglyphs.

Temple of Isis 

Philae

This is one of the last temples built using classical Egyptian architecture. It was constructed in 690 BC. It was constructed to honor the goddess Isis, the complex is home to two pylons, and a birth house. These pylons have numerous reliefs depicting different scenes with the goddess, her son Horus, and other gods. The Temple of Isis was also taken over and used as a Christian church. This resulted in crosses being carved into older hieroglyph reliefs and Egyptian gods defaced. Interestingly, this temple is not in its original location. Originally, the temple was located on Philae Island, but due to flooding, a Unesco team relocated the temple to Agilkia Island and you can check out Lyhpa for more information.

Great Temple of Ramses II

Abu Simbel

Constructed between 1274 and 1244 BC, the Great Temple of Ramses is a huge temple dedicated to Amun, Ptah, and Ra-Horakhty. Over time, sands and the Nile river hid this temple from the world. It was rediscovered in 1813. The temple is carved out of a mountain and is guarded by four massive statues of Ramses II. There are numerous statues in the temple, as well as paintings and reliefs. The temple is designed in such a way that on February 21 (Ramses II birthday) and October 21 (Ramses II coronation day) the sun shines into the temple illuminating the statues of Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ramses II in the hypostyle hall. However, the temple was moved and this phenomenon now occurs one day later.

Karnak Temple Complex

El-Karnak

This complex, covering 2 sq. km, is filled with numerous kiosks, pylons, obelisks, and sanctuaries dedicated to the Theban triad and other pharaohs. The main temple of the complex is the Temple of Amun. This complex was one of the most important places to worship in Egypt during the New Kingdom. It is also one of the world’s largest religious complexes. The structures in the Karnak Temple Complex were constructed between 1570 and 1090 BC. As pharaohs kept building new structures at the site the complex grew over time. Therefore, the further into the complex you go, the older the buildings and structures you will see.

Luxor Temple

Luxor

Constructed in 1400 BC, the Luxor Temple is again a series of structures in a complex. The initial structure was an expansion of an existing shrine. It was intended to be the private quarters for the god. This was then further expanded by Ramses II, Tutankhamun, Alexander the Great and others. The fort that surrounds the temple was built by the Romans. Eventually, people started living inside the complex, which is why the complex is in the middle of the city of Luxor. Like other temple complexes in Egypt, the further in you go, the older the structures are. Structures found in the complex include pylons, shrines, halls, and sanctuaries filled with statues and reliefs of all kinds.

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Saudi Arabia seeks to benefit from Egypt’s expertise in promoting tourism: SCTH https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/31/saudi-arabia-seeks-to-benefit-from-egypts-expertise-in-promoting-tourism-scth/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:52:02 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712591 Arab market represents 30% of incoming tourism to Egypt, Saudi Arabia comes on top, says Al-Mashat

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Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) expressed its country’s desire to benefit from the Egyptian expertise in promoting various tourism products such as cultural tourism and adventure tourism, which Saudi Arabia started to promote recently.

Ahmed Bin Aqeel Al-Khatib, SCTH’s chairperson, pointed out to the possibility of cooperation to attract more tourists to the Arab region through joint tourism programmes between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, during his meeting with Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, on Wednesday.

In response, the minister welcomed the enhancement of cooperation between the ministry and the SCTH in the coming period.

She pointed out that adventure tourism has become one of the fastest growing tourist patterns in recent times, and the most prevalent among young people.

The meeting was held on the side-lines of Egypt’s participation at the annual conference of the Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth funds, entitled “Future Investment Initiative,” which was held from 29 to 31 October in Riyadh.

During the meeting the two sides discussed cooperation aspects between the two countries in the field of tourism and ways to activate inter-tourism (tourism that crosses national border).

The meeting also dealt with the possibility of cooperation between the two countries and the exchange of experiences in the field of sustainable tourism development as well as in the field of tourism statistics.

“The Arab market represents one of the most important markets for tourism to Egypt, amounting to 30% of incoming tourism, and Saudi Arabia comes on top of those markets,” said Al-Mashat.

She affirmed the depth of relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in all fields, pointing out that the Arab rapprochement opens wider horizons for cooperation between Arab countries, which will have positive impact in stimulating inter-Arab tourism.

In response, Al-Khatib pointed to Egypt’s place in the heart of the Saudi people, pointing to the desire of the Saudis to visit Egypt and enjoy its tourism potential.

The minister praised the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia to develop its tourism sector, believing in its importance in supporting the economies of the countries.

She asserted that supporting the tourism sector in any Arab country would contribute to supporting the tourism sector in the region as a whole.

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Japanese tourists in Egypt increase by 38.2% YoY during 9M 2019: Al-Mashat https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/27/japanese-tourists-in-egypt-increase-by-38-2-yoy-during-9m-2019-al-mashat/ Sun, 27 Oct 2019 10:45:04 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=712160 Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido are top Japanese cities that export tourists to Egypt respectively

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The number of Japanese tourists visiting Egypt during the period from January to September 2019 increased by 38.2%, compared to the same period last year, said Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat.

The minister stated that the most Japanese cities that export tourists to Egypt are Tokyo, followed by Osaka, and Hokkaido.

Her remarks came during a Saturday meeting with Chairperson of Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Hiromi Tagawa, on the sidelines of Egypt’s participation in the activities of the Tourism EXPO Japan 2019 held from 24 to 27 October in Osaka, Japan.


The meeting dealt with various aspects of cooperation to push more tourism movement coming from Japan to Egypt in the coming period.

During the meeting, Tagawa asserted that Egypt is considered as one of the important tourist destinations to which the JATA seeks to organise tourist trips.

He noted that Japanese tourists have a great interest in the cultural tourism, explaining that the Japanese love the Egyptian civilization.

Tagawa stated that he is looking forward to learning more about the tourism sector in Egypt and cooperate with the Ministry of Tourism in the coming period to increase the number of Japanese tourists to Egypt.

In response, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism affirmed the deep relations between Egypt and Japan, pointing out that there are many aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries in many fields and projects, including the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) carried out in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and scheduled to open next year.

Moreover, the minister called on the JATA to organise tourist trips from Japan to visit the GEM after its opening, pointing to its unique location next to the Pyramids and the Sphinx Airport. This provides an opportunity to organise tourism programmes that combine the visit of the museum with other tourist attractions.


The minister pointed to the possibility of enhancing cooperation between the ministry and the JATA to push more Japanese tourism to Egypt, including joint promotional campaigns “Co-marketing,” and the new aviation incentive programme launched by the ministry last November. At the end of the meeting, the minister invited Tagawa to visit Egypt.

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Egypt’s Tourism Ministry provides financial support of EGP 10m for developing tourist destinations https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/23/egypts-tourism-ministry-provides-financial-support-of-egp-10m-for-developing-tourist-destinations/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 22:17:11 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711793 This fund is considered outside the mandate of the Tourism development Authority (TDA).

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Egypt’s Tourism Ministry announced that it provided financial support worth EGP10m for tourism and urban developments for tourist destinations across Egypt’s governorates.

This fund is considered outside the mandate of the Tourism development Authority (TDA).

In its first follow up report on Egypt’s Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP), the ministry stated that it is currently working on achieving the sustainable tourism development for 67 tourist centres to increase investments.

The report mentioned that the ministry has completed the implementation and operation of about 1,850 hotel rooms, and started the implementation of 20,000 new rooms.

It pointed out that many items were added to better serve the tourism service activity in Egypt, through eight new separate restaurants, two health clubs, five waterways, a commercial mall,  11 commercial shops, 21 beach cafeterias, three bank branches, two golf courses, eight different sports playgrounds, 22 beach treadmills, and a theatre.

The report noted that an integrated strategy and vision for tourism development for the lands which are affiliated to the TDA  has been finalised in coordination with the Technical Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Urban Development, and the National Centre for Planning the State Lands Usages.

In November 2018 , the ministry launched the E—TRP through which this structural reform programme is designed to change the narrative on Egyptian tourism. The vision is to achieve a sustainable tourism sector through implementing structural reforms that strengthen the sector’s competitiveness and are consistent with international standards.

The structural reform pillars are, institutional, legislative, branding & promotion, infrastructure & tourism development, and international tourism trends. This is all directed to put Egypt on a sustainable path, consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals .

The  E-TRP is a framework through which each pillar has well defined goals and required procedures, in order to  achieve them.

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UK lifts restrictions on Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh airport after four-year ban https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/22/uk-lifts-restrictions-on-egypts-sharm-el-sheikh-airport-after-4-year-ban/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:32:10 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711700 Sahar Talaat Mostafa calls for Russia to follow UK, El Zayat expects 800,000 tourists to visit Egypt by end-2020, El Damery hopes British tourists arrivals will return to pre-ban levels

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The British government has lifted restrictions against Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh airport, the British Ambassador in Egypt, Geoffrey Adams announced in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, organised by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism

The British government has today informed airlines that it no longer advises against flying to Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Airport. The lift has been imposed since 2015 following the Russian Metrojet aeroplane crash.

During the roundtable, Adams stated that he is very delighted with this decision stating that it came after an intensive and successful cooperation between the two sides.

He stated that he knows how important tourism is to Egypt, adding that the number of British tourists who came to Egypt last year were about half a million. He expects that the number of tourists will increase after the UK lifts its flight restriction on Sharm el Sheikh

According to a press Statement issued by the British Embassy, the ambassador stated that “this announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights.”

“We will also continue our work with Egyptian officials to ensure the safety and security of British nationals, which remains our top priority.” Adams added.

The Egyptian government has spent millions on security upgrades, but repeated requests to the UK to reopen flights have been dismissed.

In response, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, stated in a press conference, that the Uk’s  lifting  restrictions against Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh airport is considered a message to the whole world about the depth of British-Egyptian relations and also assures the safety in Egypt.

“We welcome the return of British tourists to Sharm El-Sheikh. This announcement is a renewal of the ongoing cooperation between both nations.” she assured.

She added “this step is a testament to the continuous efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to ensure the safety and security of every visitor in all of Egypt’s destinations, and in South Sinai in particular.”

Commenting on the decision of the UK’s decision, Hesham El Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Board Authority, told Daily News Egypt that he hopes that the number of British tourists will return to pre-travel ban numbers by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

While Former head of Egyptian Tourism Federation, Elhamy Al-Zayat, stated that the number of British tourists coming to Egypt is expected to reach 800,000, up from 500,000 currently.  While, former head of parliament’s civil and tourism committee and member of the parliament, Sahar Talaat Mostafa welcomed the UK’s decision.

Moreover, UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a press statement that lifting the restriction was “the first step” in resuming direct flights.

He added, “The safety and security of British nationals remains our top priority and this decision follows close co-operation between our aviation security experts and their Egyptian counterparts, and improvements in security procedures at the airport.”

 “The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows for it. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison said.

Egypt has significantly invested in safety and security measures including CCTV, airport security, GPS on tour busses, and continually reviews and enhances these security steps.

Al-Mashat assured that the lift of the travel ban on Sharm El Sheikh reestablishes confidence in one of the most popular, entertaining, and enjoyable tourism destinations globally, welcoming tourists from all over the world.

The Minister of Tourism highlighted that international institutions have acknowledged the improvements witnessed in Egypt’s security infrastructure.

According to the World Economic Forum’s latest 2019 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), Egypt had the fourth-highest Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) performance improvement and ranked the most improved in the MENA region for safety and security.

Moreover, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) attributed the growth in Egypt’s tourism sector to the hugely improved security infrastructure, and awarded Egypt the annual “2019 Global Champion Award” for promoting tourism resilience.

Furthermore, she mentioned that Egypt’s revenues from tourism increased by 28.2% during the last Fiscal Year (FY), recording $12.570bn, compared to only $9.804bn, according to the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) balance of payment.

El Damery, told Daily News Egypt that before imposing the ban there were a million British Tourists in Egypt annually. After imposing the ban, the number dropped to about half a million.

Al-Zayat  explained that due to the collapse of British tourism company Thomas Cook, the market will witness a shake until another great company like Thomas Cook absorbs the number of travelers, so the real or great impact of removing the travel ban will take some time.

On the other hand, he stated that removing the flight ban on Sharm El Sheikh will make British tourists more confident in the safety of not only Sharm EL Sheikh but the whole country.

Agreeing with Al-Zayat, former head of parliament’s civil and tourism committee and member of the parliament, Sahar Talaat Mostafa stated that today’s announcement is a practical recognition to the world of the safety and stability in Egypt.

She also welcomed the quotes of Andrew Murrison calling on the tourism sector to stand ready to cooperate with British partners to restore British tourism to Sharm El Sheikh during the coming winter season.

She also assured the need to launch marketing campaigns directed to British tourists to return to Sharm El sheikh via social platforms, and also invited the British journalists and influencers to visit Sharm El Sheikh.

The tourism sector in Egypt suffered a devastating blow, especially when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015, leaving no survivors.

Notably, following the plane crash, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt, while the UK suspended all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh amid concerns over the airport’s security practices, banning travel to Sinai.

Will the Russians follow?

In January 2018, the Russian government gave permission for flights to resume to Egypt after a two-year hiatus, allowing Russian flights to return to Cairo in April. On the other hand, the UK is still imposing bans on travel to Sinai, and hence tourism to Sharm El-Sheikh were very limited.

Thus, the return of British flights to Sharm El Sheikh has raised the hope of the return of Russian flights to the Sinai again.

The Chairperson of the Egyptian Russian Business Council called on Russia to resume their flights to Sharm El Sheikh especially after the UK’s decision, assuring that Russian and Egyptian companies want to resume their charter flights.

In that context, both El Damery and Al-Zayat expected the Russian government to reconsider the issue of removing the ban.

El Damery also stated that there is a good chance that the Russian government may reconsider the ban seeing that Egypt’s president is to meet his Russian counterpart within the next few days, explaining that whenever the president visits, there is always a great impact in the development of tourism

He also explained that there is additional opportunity from this ban to attract new nationalities to come and visit Egypt.

El Damery explained that since 2015, Egypt began to attract non-traditional markets, including people from Ukraine and Poland.

He also stated that Egypt has somehow maintained a constant flow of British tourists to Marsa Allam and Hurghada

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Egypt’s tourism sector: poised for success after decade of fluctuations https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/17/egypts-tourism-sector-poised-for-success-after-decade-of-fluctuations/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:09:43 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=711255 Egypt enjoys all tourist possibilities, that should allow tourism sector to achieve revenues exceeding the $20bn, says ETTA member

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Egypt’s tourism sector revenues recorded $12bn in 2018, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) latest report.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s tourism sector revenues hiked by 28.2% during last Fiscal Year (FY), recording $12.570bn, compared to only $9.804bn in FY 2017-2018, according to the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) balance of payment.

The tourism sector in Egypt has been full of ups and downs since the 2011 Revolution. It suffered a devastating blow, especially when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai with no survivors in late October 2015.

Following the plane crash, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt, while the UK suspended all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh amid concerns over the airport’s security measures, banning travel to Sinai.

In January 2018, the Russian government gave permission for flights to resume to Egypt after a two-year hiatus, and Russian flights returned to Cairo in April 2018. On the other hand, the UK is still imposing travel bans Sinai, and hence tourism to Sharm El-Sheikh is very limited.

However, although Russian tourists have not returned to Egypt until now, Egyptian tourism has recovered some of its revenues since 2018, attempting to reach 2010’s numbers.

Daily News Egypt dug into the phases of the recovery of tourism in the following numbers in terms of both tourism revenues and the number of tourists.

In 2010, which was the peak for tourism revenues in Egypt, the sector achieved revenues of $12.5bn, with 14.7 million tourists.

In 2011, the number of tourists to Egypt fell to 9.8 million tourists, dropping revenues to $8.7bn.

Furthermore, in 2012 a slight increase was witnessed in the revenues reaching $9.9bn, with a total number of 11.5 million tourists to Egypt.

In 2013, Egypt’s tourism sector achieved revenues worth $5.9bn, bringing 9.5 million tourists, according to the governmental figures.

In 2014, a hike was witnessed in revenues achieving $7.5bn, with a total number of 9.9million tourists.

A slight decrease was witnessed in revenues in 2015, recording $6.1bn, with a total of 9.3 million tourists.

In 2016, a great decline was witnessed in both the number of tourists and tourism revenues due to the travel ban, in which the number of tourists dropped to 5.3 million, with total revenues worth $3.4bn.

In 2017 a recovery began to start, in which Egypt’s tourism revenues recorded $7.6bn, with a total of 8.3 million tourists.

The recovery continued in 2018 and 2019 as mentioned before, and experts expect more.

Yasser Sultan, Partner of Egyptian Valley company and Member of the General Assembly of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETTA), told Daily News Egypt that he expects Egypt’s tourism sector to achieve at least $15bn by end of the current FY.

“Egypt enjoys all the types of touristic products, in addition to its amazing position, which together should allow the tourism sector to achieve revenues exceeding $20bn,”  he further explained.

Late September, British Tourism company Thomas Cook officially announced that it collapsed after failing to secure its necessary funding, which raised concerns over how this collapse may affect   tourism.

Commenting on that, Hesham El Damery, former president of the Tourism Promotion Board Authority told Daily News Egypt that the market will witness a shake until another great company like Thomas Cook absorbs the number of travellers.

Agreeing with El-Damery, CEO of Jaz Hotel Group Alaa Akel explained that the hotels that were highly dependent on Thomas Cook’s travellers will decrease their prices, to compensate their loss, stating that following this decrease, more travellers will come to Egypt.

“But if  Russian tourism returns to Egypt this coming winter season, a shortage there will be a shortage in hotel rooms. Hotels will need to increase their prices which will affect the Egyptian economy positively,” he asserted.

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Jaz Hotel signs two management agreements with Sharm Dream, Al Fayourz https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/14/jaz-hotel-signs-two-management-agreements-with-sharm-dream-al-fayourz/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:35:18 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710925 Sharm Dreams Hotel to generate EGP 2bn of revenues, Al Fayourz resorts to output EGP 1.5bn

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Jaz Hotel Group announced the signing of two management agreements for Sharm Dreams Resort and Al Fayrouz Resort owned by Sharm Dreams for Touristic Investment & Rowad Misr for Tourist Investment, respectively.

The Chairperson of Travco Group International Holding, Hamed El Chiaty, signed the management agreements with Hamada Abo El Enein, chairperson of Sharm Dreams Group, on Thursday at Steigenberger Hotel, El Tahrir Cairo.

Chief financial officer of Sharm Dreams Amr Helmy told Daily News Egypt that under the management contract signed with Jaz Hotels, Sharm Dreams Resort in Nema Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, is expected to generate annual revenues of more than EGP 2bn, and Al Fayrouz Resort to generate annual revenues of EGP 1.5bn, according to the operating rates expected by Jaz management company, over the first 10 years of operation.

Helmy added that Jaz’s management contract includes a plan for the development of the two hotels aimed to develop hotel rooms and the overall access to the highest levels of hotel quality, enabling them to compete globally. 

Helmy explained that Al Fayrouz hotel is owned by Rowad Misr for Tourist Investment, which is owned by Sharm Dreams by 99.5%.

”Sharm Dreams Group is continuously committed to providing the highest standards of quality across its portfolio of hotels by partnering with reputable management companies such as Jaz Hotel Group. Therefore, we shall undertake a comprehensive renovation plan to upgrade the existing properties to the highest standards of the hospitality industry,” Abo El Enein stated.

On the other hand, CEO of Jaz Hotel Group Alaa Akel said, “Jaz Hotel Group is promising to continuously strengthen its footprints of hospitality standards and service excellence in Egypt and the Middle East.”

Sharm Dreams Group is a real estate and tourist developer with an existing portfolio of six hotels and resorts, located in prime tourist destinations across Egypt.

Jaz Hotel Group has been selectively chosen to manage both Sharm Dreams and Al Fayrouz Resorts, complementing the chain’s existing hotels in Sharm El Sheikh.

The two resorts will be the newest addition to the Jaz Hotel Group’s portfolio that includes 47 Hotels and Resorts in Egypt.

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4 million tourists to Egypt, outcome of aviation incentive programme in 10 months https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/09/4-million-tourists-to-egypt-outcome-of-aviation-incentive-programme-in-10-months/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:39:27 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=710464 MOT succeeded in ending all entitlements of foreign companies for the previous flight incentive programmes.

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The Ministry of Tourism stated that the outcome of the new aviation incentive programme was great, achieving about 22,300 flights with a total of about 3.85 million tourists over the first ten months since its launch.

The new programme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with the Ministry of Aviation, on 1 November 2018 and it is scheduled to end on 20 April 2020.

The new aviation incentive is based on several criteria, including non-discrimination between charter and regular aviation, the distinction of the governorates or destinations that receive high incoming tourists in the recent period, in addition to simplifying all the procedures for the airlines and the tourists.

Meanwhile, the ministry revealed in a report that the previous aviation incentive programme that was adopted by Egypt in 2017-2018, received about 3.2 million tourists to Egypt through about 17,771 regular and charter flights.

The ministry pointed out to that the aviation incentive programmes are financed based on the resources of the tourism fund.

Notably, the Ministry of Tourism has established an aviation incentive unit to manage this file, in an effort to modify the incentive mechanisms in future programmes based on the analysis of the current data on tourist movement and the current status of Egyptian destinations.

The unit represents a digital database and information that contributes to the formulation and construction of a new incentive programme.

The ministry declared that it has succeeded in ending all entitlements of foreign companies for the previous flight incentive programmes, which had been suspended earlier, in an effort to restore the credibility of the Ministry of Tourism globally.

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Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped by 28.2% during last FY: CBE https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/02/egypts-tourism-revenues-jumped-by-28-2-during-last-fy-cbe/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 19:17:26 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709869 Experts argue security stability is key behind hike in tourism, Sultan forecast sector to achieve $15bn by FY-end

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Egypt’s tourism sector revenues hiked by 28.2% during the last Fiscal Year (FY), recording $12.570bn, compared to only $9.804bn, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE)`s balance of payment.

Meanwhile Yasser Sultan, partner director of Egyptian Valley company and member of the General Assembly of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETTA), told Daily News Egypt that he expects Egypt’s tourism sector to achieve at least $15bn by end of the current FY.

Commenting on the hike, he stated that it is not keeping pace with Egypt’s position.

“Egypt enjoys all types of touristic products, in addition to its amazing position, which together should allow the tourism sector to achieve revenues exceeding $20bn,” he further explained.

Sultan stated that the key behind this hike is the political and security situation stability in Egypt.

Agreeing with Sultan, Hehsam El-Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Authority, told Daily News Egypt that Egypt is witnessing a continuous increase in revenues since 2017, clarifying that the main reason behind this increase is the political and security situation stability witnessed in the country and helped in improving the stereotypical image of the state.

Meanwhile, Sultan also attributed this hike to the efforts of the Ministry of the Tourism in diversifying Egypt’s tourism markets, as well as promoting itself, referring to the Egypt’s Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP) which was launched by the Ministry last November.

He also pointed to the pound flotation, mentioning that it positively affected the tourism sector, as it decreased overall costs as well as costs of packages for the hotels and travel in Egypt, compared to global market rates. Thus, the demand for travel in Egypt increased.

Regarding the touristic map or the touristic base showing the demographics of foreign tourists in Egypt during the last FY, Sultan stated that Spanish and German tourists came on top, followed by the non-traditional markets like India, Japan, and China.

In that context, El-Damery stated that before 2014, only four markets existed, which were Russia, Germany, England, and Italy, representing more than 75% of Egypt’s annual tourism revenues.

El-Damary explained that since 2015, Egypt began to attract non-traditional markets, including people from Ukraine and Poland.

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Dubai Tourism hosts Egyptian delegation of 26 tourism companies https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/01/dubai-tourism-hosts-egyptian-delegation-of-26-tourism-companies/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 21:28:59 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709806 Al-Khaja explained that Dubai Tourism has given Egypt special attention in marketing campaigns due to the market’s newfound importance and promise. In recent years, the number of Egyptians visiting Dubai has increased by 9, from 169,000 visitors by the fall of 2018, to 184,000 visitors in 2019 so far, ranking 13th among the main export markets for visitors to Dubai.

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Dubai – The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), known as Dubai Tourism, hosted a high-level delegation last week that included representatives from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and executives from 26 major tourism companies in Egypt. The visit is aimed at boosting cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting held at the Palace Downtown Dubai, Ahmed Al-Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), welcomed the visiting delegation and wished everyone a pleasant stay in Dubai. He also thanked the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce for its efforts in contributing to organising this visit.

Al-Khaja explained that Dubai Tourism has given Egypt special attention in marketing campaigns due to the market’s newfound importance and promise. In recent years, the number of Egyptians visiting Dubai has increased by 9, from 169,000 visitors by the fall of 2018, to 184,000 visitors in 2019 so far, ranking 13th among the main export markets for visitors to Dubai.


On behalf of Ahmed El-Wakil, head of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Suzanne El-Kholy, director of the Department of External Relations at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, delivered a speech praising the close and historical relations between Egypt and the UAE.

She praised the strategic relations at all levels. El-Kholy pointed out that Arab tourism integration is a priority for the two brotherly countries. “The tourism sector is an important and vital sector, where Egypt has tremendous tourism potential and great hotel energies. The UAE also attaches great importance to the tourism sector and has become today the most attractive country for tourists at the Arab and international levels,” she added.

Moreover, Younan Edward, commercial minister plenipotentiary at Consulate General of Egypt in Dubai, stressed the importance of the Egyptian-UAE relations. He pointed out that the UAE is largest investor in Egypt, and the largest recipient of Egyptian exports. He pointed out that such forums and visits would contribute to enhancing fruitful cooperation between the two countries, especially in the tourism sector.

Meanwhile, Hossam El-Helou, head of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism and Aviation Division, said that the understandings that took place between the two parties would contribute to enhancing tourism cooperation, and that the next visit in February will see more Egyptian companies.

Hamda Al-Falahi, business analysis manager at Emirates Airline, confirmed that the airline is planning to add four regular flights a week to Cairo from 28 October, bringing the total number of flights to 25 weekly. This means an additional 1,416 seats in each direction on this vital line.

Both of Temima Nassir Kemal, Commercial Manager at flydubai for Sudan and Egypt, and Roy John, business development officer at Holidays by flydubai, spoke about the importance of the Egyptian market to flydubai, and highlighted the offers presented by flydubai to spend the most beautiful holidays in a range of distinctive destinations, including Egypt.

In addition to the workshops, the tour programme included visiting the most important tourist and leisure destinations in the UAE, such as Burj Khalifa, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Frame, The Green Planet, and the site of Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Dubai: the city of entertainment and touristic attractions https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/01/dubai-the-city-of-entertainment-and-touristic-attractions/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:41:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709786 According to the recently released list and survey of Euromonitor International Research in 2018, Dubai got ranked as the world’s most visited city by tourists.

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Over the last decade, Dubai has seen strong growth within the tourism sector through its new attractions, landmarks, and shopping venues. In the first six months of the year, about 8.36 million tourists visited Dubai, and they are estimated to reach 20 million in 2020.

According to the recently released list and survey of Euromonitor International Research in 2018, Dubai got ranked as the world’s most visited city by tourists.

Tourism became a part of the government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the UAE. In May 2013, it launched the Dubai Tourism Strategy 2020, with the key objective to attract 20 million visitors annually by 2020, making Dubai a first-choice destination for international leisure and business travellers.

In 2018, the strategy expanded by setting new goals of attracting 21-23 million visitors in 2022, and 23-25 million visitors by 2025.

With its artificial islands, skyscrapers, and amusement parks, Dubai succeeded to be one of the lead touristic destinations in the Arab region today.

Through a tour offered by Dubai Tourism, Daily News Egypt explored the city’s most remarkable and touristic landmarks.

Once Dubai is mentioned, Burj Khalifa, skyscrapers with great architecture and futuristic looks, luxury cars, shopping malls, and the latest in Italian, French, and English fashion, immediately come to mind. The high humidity and the excruciating summer heat are also often thought of.

Breaking stereotypes, Dubai is no longer just the destination of wealthy businesspeople, nor limited to international conferences and shopping. According to Dubai Tourism, today, it is the number one in entertainment and entertainment tourism in the Arab region, attracting families from all socioeconomic levels.

Burj Khalifa:  a shining symbol for what Dubai can accomplish

“From earth to the sky. Aspiration and achievement – a shining symbol for what we can accomplish.”

“From vision to reality. Attention to detail at every turn – from inspired design to feats of engineering and construction to world-class finishes.”

These lines decorated the entrance of Burj Khalifa, revealing the government’s true vision for establishing the skyscraper.

Burj Khalifa’s design embodies the well-proportioned structure of the hymenocallis or spider lily, a regional desert flower that inspired Architect Adrian Smith’s vision of the iconic tower.

Its height reaches 828m (2716.5 feet) tall, soaring over Dubai. It’s three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. The stairwell has a total of 2,909 steps leading up to 160 floors. Of the rarely known facts about the skyscraper is that its tip can been seen from up to 90 km away. Most of the entire Downtown Dubai district came to life alongside Burj Khalifa.

At the peak of its construction, 12,000 workers worked on the building per day. It took more than 110,000 tonnes of concrete, 55,000 tonnes of steel rebar, and 22m man-hours to complete Burj Khalifa. Six years after the excavation began in January 2004, it finally opened in January 2010.

The entrance to the offices in the skyscraper is adorned with a stone sculpture designed by Egyptian Artist Karim Rashid.

When making way to the skyscraper’s top, visitors go through the history of its construction. It was initially known as Burj Dubai before the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, changed its name to Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa’s light colours often change to celebrate different occasions. During the visit, it was covered with the word ‘Friends’ celebrating 25 years of Friends series.

Last Friday, it lit up Egyptian flag colours on the back of the rally of thousands of Egyptians in front of a Nasr City podium in support of the Egyptian government and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Burj Khalifa is in the middle of the Dubai Mall, the second largest mall in the world by a total land area of 350,000 sqm, equivalent to the size of 200 football pitches. It has a total floor space of 1.7m sqm, leaving room for over 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores, and more than 200 food and beverage outlets. Visitors could spend their day in the mall after the visit.  

Frame Dubai: the latest attraction in Dubai

Dubai Frame is another remarkable landmark added to Dubai’s traditional and luxurious heritage. The project comprises a 150m high, 93m wide structure, built to resemble a huge picture frame, through which modern Dubai landmarks such as Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa can be seen on one side. Visitors can also view older parts of the city such as Deira, Umm Harare, and Karama from the other side.

Inspired from the logo of Expo 2020 for its exterior design, the Dubai Frame is an architectural landmark in Zabeel Park, Dubai. It has been described by the Guardian newspaper as “the biggest picture frame on the planet.” 

The latest attraction in Dubai showcases Dubai’s past, present, and future in one destination. With sweeping panoramic views, its visitors can gaze out upon every aspect of the city from a height of 150m. From Deira’s old town and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf, to the vast dunes of the Arabian desert, and the high rises of Dubai Marina; the entirety of Dubai will be visible from the frame’s 360-degree vantage point.

A first for the region, the Dubai Frame features a state-of-the-art clear glass bridge as the crowning cross-frame of the structure. Connecting the two parallel vertical towers to create the picture frame shape, the 93m long bridge features a 25 sqm glass panel. Stepping onto the crystal-clear glass gives the exhilarating feeling of walking out into thin air, with a drop of 150m visible just beneath your feet. There’s nothing to fear as the clear glass is completely crack-proof and made of the highest-quality materials.

Designed with a nod to both Dubai’s pearl-diving beginnings and its rise to an urban cityscape, the frame provides two very different perspectives of the city. Visitors gazing to the north will catch sight of old Dubai, the dhow-studded Dubai Creek and its surrounding markets. To the south, guests can take in the splendour of New Dubai, an awe-inspiring array of gleaming skyscrapers, shimmering marinas, and other feats of modern engineering. From the ground, the golden iron-wrought structure perfectly frames each of the two tableaus – depending on which side the viewer is standing.

The experience is enhanced by the Dubai Frame’s own immersive gallery on the mezzanine level, which leads guests through projections, audio, and visual presentations, with curated scents and mists for an authentic retelling of the city’s origins. Guests are then guided to reveal a virtual reality display of Dubai’s continued evolution, and experts’ predictions of the city’s future growth.

The Dubai Frame is created out of glass, steel, aluminium, and reinforced concrete and opened in January 2018.

Green Planet: a world of exotic flora and fauna

Located at one of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle districts, City Walk, the Green Planet is the region’s first bio-dome that recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with its rich biodiversity of over 3,000 plants and animals. The enclosed ecosystem offers visitors an immersive expedition into the tropics.

The goal of the Green Planet, which offers various educational programmes, is to be a space where Dubai’s residents can learn about wildlife. A great destination for families and guests of all ages.

The Green Planet is located inside a 45.72-metre-tall glass building. In the middle of the indoor forest is a 24.99-metre-tall tree with an artificial trunk. The humidity is set at 70% higher than normal levels, and temperatures stay between 25-27.7 ˚C. To get to the tree, visitors need to cross a rope bridge from an outer platform.

The bio-dome is made up of four levels to discuss the role each part of a rainforest plays. To attract the visitors, various animal and plant species are displayed, from sloths, toucans, and tree porcupines, to South American plants, vines, reptiles, fish and insects

The attraction, which opened in early September, functions as a real ecosystem and boasts over 3,000 species of plants, insects, and animals.

For the health and safety of plants and animals in the uniquely immersive environment, guests are refrained from touching, handling or feeding the delicate species.

Dubai’s parks and resorts: a thrilling experience

With three theme parks and one waterpark that will keep young hearts enthralled, Dubai Parks and Resorts offer a thrilling unique experience, featuring more than 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai, and Legoland Water Park. At the centrally located Riverland entertainment and dining boulevard, visitors will find delightful options for the whole family. They can even stay in the middle of action at Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort inside the park.

Motiongate Dubai

The largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the region, Motiongate Dubai brings three legendary film studios to life: Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and Lionsgate. Mesmerising big-screen and animated classics from Smurfs to Shrek, How to Train your Dragon to The Hunger Games are reimagined as roller coasters, immersive attractions, thrilling rides and more. It’s all in one place that people can channel their inner ghostbuster, hop onto a flying ride to Madagascar and learn a few dance moves from the Step Up crew.

Bollywood Parks Dubai

The magic of Bollywood is transported to Dubai at Bollywood Parks – the first of its kind in the world. Packed with action, dance and romance, the Bollywood fantasy is there with exhilarating attractions and passionate live performances based on some of the biggest blockbusters across five themed zones. Visitors can fly across the world with Hrithik Roshan’s film Krrish, hunt down film character Don through the streets of Dubai, and learn a few moves from Actor Salman Khan’s Dabangg style. In addition to the region’s first Broadway-style Bollywood musical, Jaan-E-Jigar at the stunning Rajmahal theatre.

Legoland Dubai

Legoland Duabi is a world of Lego theme park for families with children ages from two to 12. Unleashing people’s imagination run free with over 40 Lego-themed rides, shows, and building experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

Legoland Water Park

Splashing into a world of Lego adventures at Legoland Water Park, the region’s only waterpark designed specifically for families with young children. The park has over 20 lego-themed water slides and attractions including the wave pool, duplo toddler play area, and build-a-raft river, where people can customise their very own Lego raft.

Riverland Dubai

Riverland Dubai is Dubai Parks and Resorts’ central entertainment, dining and relaxation destination, through which people can access for free. Strolling along the river, visitors can take a trip through time, watching the destination’s four vibrant districts, the Peninsula, India Gate, the Boardwalk, and the French Village. People can also enjoy shopping and cuisines from around the world at more than 50 outlets beside international architecture, bridges, and other landmarks.

Lapita Hotel

The Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel, a family resort situated right in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, offers visitors a step in a new world. Guests can relax among swaying palm trees and alluring lagoon-shaped pools, as this hotel evokes the true nature of the Pacific Islands.

La Perle: Dive in to Dubai’s latest theatrical masterpiece

Brought to Dubai by the conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, La Perle is a live masterpiece, produced by legendary Creative Director Franco Dragone, famed for theatrical spectacles including Celine Dion ‘s A New Day, Le Reve in Las Vegas, The House of Dancing Water in Macau, and Pais Merveilles at the Lido in Paris.

La Perle is a breath taking fusion of immersive artistic performances, imagery and technology.

The opening of La Perle marks a new chapter in Dubai’s live theatre scene. The world-class venue stages the city’s first ever resident show.

Inspired by Dubai, a place that Dragone refers to as the “laboratory of the future”, the grand production fuses the finest in artistic performance, creative imagery, and brilliant technology.

La Perle is a show that combines the spirit of Dubai with an iconic 860 sqm ‘aqua-stage’. Using 2.7m litres of water for each performance, the custom-built theatre was constructed around the show’s concept. Inspired by the vibrancy of this city, the show includes cascading waterfalls, fast-paced acrobatics, a 25m high dive, and fantastic characters.

Dragone hopes the production leaves visitors enthralled, helping them forget the world outside the theatre for a couple of hours.

The 1,300-seat venue is designed for maximum impact. With only 14 rows, seating is wrapped 270 degrees around the aqua stage, creating an intimate experience. Every seat offers its own unique views.

Through their VIP ticket, guests are welcomed to a private lounge for pre-show bites before being escorted to luxurious theatre lounge chairs, positioned for premium views.

Dragone calls La Perle a “new kind of theatre”. A legend in the industry, Dragone started his career with Cirque du Soleil, playing an instrumental role in its rise to fame as creative director.

There’s much to explore at Al Habtoor City on Sheikh Zayed Road which comprises three five-star hotels, a vibrant marina promenade, as well as stylish cafes and restaurants. For a memorable dinner, book a table at Mexican-Peruvian restaurant, Zoco, at the Atrium or savour signature French fare at Brasserie Quartier, located at the Habtoor Palace. 

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Egypt’s tourism sector to grow 30% by year-end: Minister https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/10/01/egypts-tourism-sector-to-grow-30-by-year-end-minister/ Mon, 30 Sep 2019 22:26:33 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709690 The year 2018 was very good for the Egyptian tourism sector, the minister added during an interview with Bloomberg.

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Egypt’s tourism sector is expected to grow by 30% by the end of 2019, in light of the boom of tourist arrivals to Egypt during the last period, according to the Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat.

The year 2018 was very good for the Egyptian tourism sector, the minister added during an interview with Bloomberg.

Al-Mashat said the recovery experienced in the sector was significant and was moving in a positive direction. She explained that the tourism sector is very important to the Egyptian economy, representing 15% of the GDP.

Regarding the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook, Al-Mashat said it will not only affect Egypt, but the entire global tourism.

Meanwhile, she referred to Egypt’s efforts over the past few years to diversify its target markets. Al-Mashat added that British tourists represent 55% of the total tourist arrivals from Europe to Egypt.

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Egypt’s tourism is approaching its peak, recording 12% of GDP: Al-Mashat https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/29/egypts-tourism-is-approaching-its-peak-recording-12-of-gdp-al-mashat/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:26:32 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709395 Al-Mashat added that these figures confirm Egypt’s position as a world leader in the international tourism.

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Egypt’s tourism is witnessing a remarkable improvement as the tourist arrival rate is approaching its peak, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat stated in a press statement on Friday.

Al-Mashat added that these figures confirm Egypt’s position as a world leader in the international tourism.

The minister’s remarks came during an interview with Bloomberg on the sidelines of her participation in the World Economic Forum on the impact of sustainable development.

The tourism sector in Egypt suffered a downturn since the 2011 Revolution, and the sector in Egypt suffered another devastating blow when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015 with no survivors. However, since 2018, the sector began to revive, regaining its position once more.

During the interview, Al-Mashat stressed the importance of the tourism sector in the Egyptian economy, which represents more than 15% of Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP), and contributes to the creation of jobs and positively affects the lives of local communities.

The minister pointed to Egypt’s Tourism Reform program (E-TRP) launched last November, stating that the ministry has formulated a unified vision for the sector in cooperation with all relevant parties from the government and the private sector, which represents 98% of the tourism sector in Egypt.


“The trends of tourists are changing, tourists come to Egypt not only to visit the archaeological areas, but to also get to know the local communities in the places they visit and consider this as part of their tourist experience,” Al-Mashat said.

Following new trends in tourism, the ministry has invited and hosted a number of bloggers and influencers on social networking sites and specialists in tourism and travel from various continents of the world to Egypt from 19 to 27 September to publish pictures and write about their experience in Egypt.

At the end of the trip, the ministry held the forum of bloggers and influencers in the field of tourism to display the photos and videos they published during this week, and their experience in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt celebrated the World Tourism Day on 27 September by holding the international forum of bloggers and influencers in the field of tourism.

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UK coordinates with Egyptian government Thomas Cook’s travellers’ issue: embassy https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/25/uk-coordinates-with-egyptian-government-thomas-cooks-travellers-issue-embassy/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:46:53 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=709072 British CAA initially returns 150,000 travellers from 50 different destinations, says embassy’s spokesperson

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The British embassy to Egypt is closely coordinating with the Egyptian government to handle the issue of the recently bankrupt British travel group, Thomas Cook, according to the embassy’s spokesperson, asserting that its collapse is a commercial matter that impacts its clients worldwide, and not just Egypt.

British tourists will soon return back to the United Kingdom and the British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guarantees to pay all extra expenses required to stay longer in Egypt until the CAA is able to book them new flights, the embassy spokesperson added on Monday evening.

“The British government along with the CAA work around the clock to support all the negatively impacted travellers abroad. The UK government is initially returning 150,000 travellers from 50 different destinations,” stated the embassy spokesperson.

About 415,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2018. While most visits are trouble free, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the UK is still suspending its direct flights to Sharm El-Sheikh after the Russian plane crash in Sinai on 31 October 2015.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, commented in a parliamentary statement that since 2016, British tourism has been generally modest, noting that Egypt is expected to lose 25,000 tourists, which is considered below the minimum.

She added that the Ministry was aware of Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy of for months ago, hence the ministry is always working to diversify the markets of incoming tourists. 


As for British tourists in Egypt, she stated that the British government is taking the necessary measures to transport them to their country after the cancellation of their bookings with Thomas Cook.

She stressed that the ministry of tourism is checking on all British tourists with the British embassy in Egypt.

On 23 September 2019, the Foreign and Common Wealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for British tourists who plan to visit Egypt following the announcement of Thomas Cook ceasing trading.

The FCO advised against all travels to the governorate of north Sinai, due to terrorist attacks against police and security forces resulting in deaths. The FCO also advises against all but essential travel to the governorate of south Sinai, except the area within the Sharm El-Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm El-Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay, and Nabq.

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Egypt ranks 1st in Africa in promoting country branding:  Bloom Consulting https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/24/egypt-ranks-1st-in-africa-in-promoting-country-branding-bloom-consulting/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:32:19 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708979 The report declares that Egypt got a rating score of AAA in promoting the country’s brand and its touristic destinations, which is considered the highest rating.

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For the first time since 2013, Egypt earned the lead position in Africa in the country branding ranking, relegating South Africa to the second position, according to the nation branding consulting firm and the official data partner of the World Economic Forum, Bloom Consulting’s latest report.

Despite going through an unstable political period with civil unrest during the Arab Spring in 2011 and the 2013 uprising, the report states that Egypt showed a positive performance.

The report declares that Egypt got a rating score of AAA in promoting the country’s brand and its touristic destinations, which is considered the highest rating.

It also mentions that Egypt stood out in the area of digital demand for Egyptian destinations as well. All these achievements allowed the country to jump two places in the world ranking, close to the top 25, hence becoming the best positioned African country. It surpassed South Africa by improving its results in all domains.

The report shows that Egypt, as the new regional leader, can be a lesson to other countries due to its ability to show resilience and reinvent itself, despite being the target of terrorist attacks and managing political and armed internal conflicts.

Nonetheless, the report stated that future analysis should consider that Egypt was the target of terrorist attacks in 2018, increasing regional insecurity.

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Thomas Cook collapses, bookings cancelled until April for only 25,000 tourists in Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/24/thomas-cook-collapses-bookings-cancelled-until-april-for-only-25000-tourists-in-egypt/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 13:54:36 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708974 Firm's collapse to shake Egyptian market until another company absorbs number of Thomas Cook's travellers: El Damery

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British Tourism company, Thomas Cook officially announced on Monday that it collapsed after failing to secure its necessary funding, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad.

The company currently has 600,000 clients on vacation abroad, including more than 150,000 British travellers.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of Thomas Cook’s agent in Egypt Blue Sky Travel Agency and owner of the Sunrise Inn, and Chairperson of Egyptian Travel Agents Association (ETTA), Hossam El-Shaer, confirmed in a press statement on Monday that the English company declared bankruptcy at dawn after discussions between shareholders and financiers failed to reach an agreement.

“We reached an agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), a British government body, in which it will regulate the departure of Thomas Cooks travellers in Egypt according to the departure date of each tourist.”

He added that the company has sent a letter to hotels that it will be the guarantor of all receivables and that no amounts should be requested from tourists.

According to the Chairperson of the ETTA, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism is in coordination with the British embassy in Cairo to check on the British tourists that came to Egypt through Thomas Cook, in order to enjoy their trip in Egypt until they return back to their countries.

El-Shaer showed that the bookings made by the bankrupt company in England were cancelled until April 2020 for only 25,000 tourists in Egypt.

He pointed out that the company that went bankrupt is only the company located in England, and that the other subsidiary branches of Thomas Cook (Germany – Belgium – Netherlands – France – Poland and Scandinavia) are working naturally and separately from Thomas Cook England.

Commenting on the firm’s collapse, explaining its effect on the Egyptian tourism movement, Hesham El Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Board Authority, told Daily News Egypt that the market will witness a shake until another great company like Thomas Cook absorbs the number of travellers.

He explained further that Thomas Cook is considered a partner of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, and for some hotels in Egypt, highlighting that it is considered as the second global exporter for tourism in Egypt.

“Hence, of course there will be an effect, but we hope it will be a temporary one, and to see the tourism movement in Egypt coming back to its normal rates,” he asserted.

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MoT to promote Egypt in 5 markets through partnership with Expedia https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/21/mot-to-promote-egypt-in-5-markets-through-partnership-with-expedia/ Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:35:11 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708666 Five markets include US, UK, Canada, Italy, Germany, according to Ministry

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Through the new partnership between Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and Expedia, a campaign will be launched to promote Egypt in five different touristic markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and Germany according to a press statement from the MoT.

Days ago, the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, announced in a press conference new partnerships with major international marketing, branding, and media companies, namely Beautiful Destinations, CNN, China’s Ctrip, Discovery, Expedia Group, and Isobar.

Across an innovative mix of TV, digital, and social media platforms, the MoT is launching a global tourism campaign to showcase the modern and dynamic face of the country, with its abundance of experiences for travellers from all over the world, whatever their taste or budget, in addition to tapping new source markets.

This campaign, which is launched by Expedia in cooperation with the MoT, will  run for 12-months, based on the seasonal search and booking system for travel in the aforementioned markets.

It includes adding custom landing pages, featuring bespoke guides and beautiful rich media content, along with a host of new digital advertising formats, all of which are designed to increase the booking demand and to raise the profile of Egypt in key International markets.

The campaign will run across 11 Expedia Group websites in five countries, namely Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US.

The MoT stated that the campaign messaging focuses on increasing awareness of Egypt, helping raise the country’s various tourism destinations and shedding light on the diversity of the Egyptian people. Messaging will also offer an opportunity to promote key cultural events such as the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM2020), one of the largest museums in the world.

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UNWTO suggests establishing tourism Committee under African Union, to discuss tourism issues in Africa https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/16/unwto-suggests-establishing-tourism-committee-under-african-union-to-discuss-tourism-issues-in-africa/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:09:36 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708109 Organisation named Egypt's ‘People To People’ campaign video as best promotional movie in Middle East

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The UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, Chairperson of the Executive Council in the UNWTO and Minister of Tourism in Kenya, Najib Balala suggest establishing a tourism committee in light of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union (AU).

They continued that this committee will be under the umbrella of the AU and in coordination and cooperation with the UNWTO, with the aim of discussing tourism issues which face the sector in Africa.

They mentioned that this committee will also help other African countries to explore the possibility of benefiting from Egypt’s Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP) which was adopted by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism last November to develop the sector.

Their suggestion came during the 111th session of the executive council of the UNWTO, which was held during the 23rd session of the UNWTO general assembly meetings held in St Petersburg, from 9 to 13 September.

For her part, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, welcomed their proposal, stressing that the establishment of this committee will increase opportunities for cooperation between the UNWTO and African countries, and will promote the tourism sector in all African countries.

She asserted that all these efforts will strengthen the tourism sector globally as a sector which exports services, pointing out that the tourism sector is considered an important sector that significantly contributes to the provision of foreign exchange, as well as to job creation.

Meanwhile, the UNWTO announced on Saturday during the latest meeting of the UNWTO’s general assembly, that Egypt’s ‘People To People’ campaign has been selected as the best promotional movie in the Middle East.

The ‘People To People’ campaign video was published last month, and was curated by Beautiful Destinations, the social media travel hub, highlighting the different experiences that Egypt has to offer in gastronomy, culture, and various activities through its people.

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Ministry of Tourism is set to sign cooperation protocol with Ministry of Education and Technical Education https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/14/ministry-of-tourism-is-set-to-sign-cooperation-protocol-with-ministry-of-education-and-technical-education/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 21:53:13 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707988 Protocol aims to educate students on importance of tourism as basic pillar to support national economy

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Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism is set to sign cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education to teach students and increase their awareness of the importance of the tourism sector for the economy, according to the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat.

Al-Mashat added that the human element that works in the tourism sector must have a specific nature, and this is what the faculties of tourism and hotels in Egypt are interested in. She asserted the importance of linking the technical educational curricula with the needs of the tourism labour market.

Her remarks came during her participation in a ministerial discussion on education and employment in the tourism sector, which was held on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), from 9 to 13 September in Russia’s St Petersburg.

Al-Mashat referred to the importance of technological advancement and digital transformation in the tourism industry, because of its great impact on the efficiency of management and sustainability.

The minister highlighted the launch of Egypt’s Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP) in November 2018, which aims to develop the Egyptian tourism sector.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism aims to turn the sector into a sustainable industry, consistent with the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Meanwhile, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the WTO, declared that the UNWTO has chosen 2019 as the year of education and job creation in the tourism sector.

He asserted that tourism is one of the main pillars of the economy.

Al-Mashat declared earlier that the tourism sector is considered a key component for growth and employment in the country, stating that it accounts for 20% of Egypt’s GDP.

Globally, the world tourism movement increased by 6% in 2018, contributing $8.8tn, accounting by 10% of the world economy, and 30% of the world services exports, according to the latest data from the UNWTO.

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Egypt participates in 23rd session of UNWTO https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/13/egypt-participates-in-23rd-session-of-unwto/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:20:15 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707843 UNWTO programme will focus on for sustainable tourism, tourism education, and training

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The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, announced on Monday  that she traveled to Russia to participate in the meeting of the 23rd session of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is being held from 9 to 13 September in St Petersburg.

She will also participate by representing Egypt in the Moscow programme which is implemented within the framework of this session “Tourism Development in Cities”, which will be held from 14 to 15 September in Moscow.

The programme is organised by the UNWTO, and will focus on areas including policies and tools for sustainable tourism, tourism education, and training.

The minister asserted the importance of Egypt’s participation in such important international events to enhance cooperation between the ministry and major international organisations such as the UNWTO.

She referred to the reformulation and development of relations with international institutions, considered one of the key pillars of Egypt’s Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP), which was launched by the ministry last November.

Al-Mashat stated that  the meetings of  the 23rd Session of the UNWTO is considered the most important international gathering of senior officials from the tourism industry and representatives of the private sector around the world.

The activities of the 23rd session of the UNWTO  will include a high-level summit on “Innovation and Sustainable Development in Tourism”, to be attended by the minister of tourism as a speaker to discuss innovation, education, and artificial intelligence.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Alexandria to witness RevPAR growth of 37%, 27%, 27% respectively in 2019: Colliers https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/sharm-el-sheikh-hurghada-alexandria-to-witness-revpar-growth-of-37-27-27-respectively-in-2019-colliers/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:50:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707700 It also forecasted that the four cities will achieve occupancy rates of 84% in Alexandria, 79% in Cairo, 68% in Hurghada, and 63% in Sharm El-Sheikh in 2019.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurgahda, Alexandria and Cairo are to witness a growth of 37%, 27%, 27%, and 11%, respectively year-over-year (y-o-y) in revenues per available rooms (RevPAR), Colliers International said in its latest MENA Hotels Forecast report in August 2019.

It also forecasted that the four cities will achieve occupancy rates of 84% in Alexandria, 79% in Cairo, 68% in Hurghada, and 63% in Sharm El-Sheikh in 2019.

Concerning Lebanon, Colliers unveiled that Beirut is expected to witness a growth of 16% in y-o-y RevPAR in 2019, with occupancy rate of 63%.

For the UAE, Colliers expected Abu Dhabi city to witness a slight RevPAR increase of 2% y-o-y in 2019, with occupancy rate of 72%.

“Abu Dhabi Beach is expected to witness a slight RevPAR growth of 2% y-o-y in 2019, with occupancy rates of 66%,” Colliers forecasts.

In terms of Saudi Arabia, Colliers revealed that Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, and Al Khobar are expected to witness RevPAR decreases of 5%, 7%, 2%, 4%, and 8%, respectively y-o-y in 2019.

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Half a million Chinese tourists visit Egypt in 2018, expected to triple by next year: Ctrip https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/half-a-million-chinese-tourists-visit-egypt-in-2018-expected-to-triple-by-next-year-ctrip/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:35:59 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707643 “We have a specific increase target already but as we have just started working with Egypt's Tourism Ministry, so some details are still in discussion, thus the percentage of the hike depends on how much the government will spend on the marketing campaign, and on how big the size of the campaign is,” Wang added.

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Half a million Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 2018, compared to 300,000 in 2017, according to Amanda Wang, General Manager of Global Destinations Marketing, Sales in Ctrip Group.

She told Daily News Egypt that Ctrip expects this kind of aggressive level increase to be repeated again in the next coming years.

“We have a specific increase target already but as we have just started working with Egypt’s Tourism Ministry, so some details are still in discussion, thus the percentage of the hike depends on how much the government will spend on the marketing campaign, and on how big the size of the campaign is,” Wang added.

She mentioned that all of these points are still in discussions, stating that her company, in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry, will decide on all the promotional and marketing activities. Afterwards, they will test and see how trends go following these activities, confirming that at that point they would have better predictions for the numbers.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Ctrip will launch a joint marketing campaign to promote Egypt in the Chinese market. This campaign marks the start of a partnership aimed at connecting Chinese travellers to Egypt. Through this cooperation, Ctrip along with the ministry of tourism will carry out a digital campaign with online advertising and precise targeting solutions. The aim is to provide travellers with holistic top-quality products and services.

“Based on our experience in dealing with new countries, in addition to the data we have for Egypt in terms of the booking, the tickets and the hotels, we expect an increase in the number to double or triple,” she forecast.

The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, stated earlier to DNE in an interview that the ministry aims to diversify the revenue streams and increase the sector’s resilience by attracting new markets. She explained that this could be achieved through increasing promotional efforts in new source markets, including Asia (particularly China).

In terms of the challenges that impact the number of the Chinese tourists to Egypt, Wang stated that Chinese tourists still don’t know enough about Egypt, describing that for them, Egypt is a mysterious place.

“It’s my first visit to Egypt and I was really impressed how the visa goes so easily and fast. However, many Chinese tourists have not experienced this, so they have no information on how the visa goes so easily in Egypt,” she stated.

She asserted that Egypt has such an amazing culture, so they need to change the perception of Chinese tourists regarding Egypt.

“Maybe because of the language or other reasons, Chinese tourists are not being served at the expected level, so we will do our best to send more positive message to China’s market, to educate them, and drive their interest,” she asserted.

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