Tourism – Daily News Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:30:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 GEM at the forefront of Egyptian tourism promotion in 2020 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/25/gem-at-the-forefront-of-egyptian-tourism-promotion-in-2020/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 06:00:01 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720066 2020 to witness special records for tourism in 2020

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The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is Egypt’s tourism icon of promotion in 2020, head of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, Ahmed Youssef told Daily News Egypt in an interview.

It’s is the largest tourism project due to open in 2020, which not only Egypt, but the whole world awaits.

GEM will host the complete collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings for the first time in history since they were discovered. The mega museum is considered one of Egypt’s most instrumental players in having tourism back to normal and reviving the country’s main source of income.

The museum is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2020, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani announced.

”Egyptian Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and Ministry of Tourism discuss facilitating one-day trip to the GEM starting through the Sphinx Airport from other tourist destinations,” Youssef said.

He assured that when the GEM is inaugurated, the Sphinx Airport will be also fully operative, thus a lot of internal one-day trips are expected.

As for his aspirations for the tourism industry in 2020, Youssef said he felt optimistic, believing that the year will witness special numbers for tourism in Egypt in terms of the number of visitors and revenues.

Over the last two years, the tourism sector recovered, which was reflected in the hotel occupancy rates, and the sector’s revenues.

The tourism industry in Egypt saw ups and downs since the 2011 revolution. The sector in Egypt suffered a devastating blow then, especially after the Russian airliner crash over Sinai in October 2015.

Following the incident, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt, while the UK suspended all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh due to previous concerns over the Sharm Airport’s security measures.

In January 2018, the Russian government gave permission for resuming flights to Egypt after a two-year hiatus. Russian flights returned to Cairo in April. The UK also lifted its travel ban on Sharm El-Sheikh last October.

Since then, the sector began to revive, regaining its position. Egypt’s revenues from tourism increased by 28.2% in the fiscal year (FY) 2018/19 recording $12.570bn, compared to $9.804bn in FY 2017/18, according to the Central Bank of Egypt.

“Lifting the UK’s travel ban on Sharm El-Sheikh was considered an international recognition of Egypt’s safety,” Youssef said, adding that Sharm El-Sheikh’s tourism would be booming in 2020, in comparison to previous years.

The Ministry of Tourism always aims to diversify its revenue streams, and increase the sector’s resilience by attracting new markets.

“The markets which Egypt needs to focus on include China, Japan, the US, in addition to Latin America and East Europe,” Youssef said.

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A year of major tourist openings ahead: Al-Anani https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/25/a-year-of-major-tourist-openings-ahead-al-anani/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:30:58 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720065 Egypt targets operating internal flights to link Nile Valley with Red Sea before ITB Berlin, says minister

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“I’m optimistic about both the tourism and antiquities sectors in 2020,” Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani told Daily News Egypt, expecting a boom in tourism, culture, and antiquities this year.

Major tourist openings are expected this year, topped by the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is scheduled to be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020.

“We are also anticipating the opening of Baron Empain Palace, Hurghada Museum, Sharm El-Sheikh Museum, Kafr El-Sheikh Museum, Royal Vehicle Museum, and the partial inauguration of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat,” the minister continued.

It was announced before that the inauguration of Baron Empain Palace, Kafr El-Sheikh Museum, and National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to take place in the first half of 2020.

As for Sharm El-Sheikh Museum, the minister revealed it will open on 25 April, marking the Sinai Liberation Day.

The construction works in Sharm El-Sheikh Museum resumed in September 2018, after a pause of eight years due to a finance shortage at the time.

The Ministry implements the project in cooperation with the National Service Projects Organization.

Moreover, Al-Anani said Hurghada Museum’s construction was completed, however, there were some preparations that have yet to be completed for the inauguration.

Al-Anani said it was the first museum to be built in partnership with the private sector, noting that its success will open the door for more cooperation between the public and private sectors in this field.

On a different note, he said tourists in Egypt used to choose between enjoying cultural tourism in Luxor and Aswan, or recreational tourism in the Red sea, but this about to change.

“Egypt will have cultural tourism in the Red Sea and recreational tourism in the Nile Valley,” he added.

“We prepared a new tourism programme, called “Come to Egypt,” which will include both tourism types. We will link the Red Sea with the Nile Valley through internal flights, so tourists can enjoy both,” the minister announced.

He added that the Minister of Civil Aviation welcomed the idea, and they were studying it.

“We target to activate these internal flights and launch the programme before the ITB Berlin, in order to market and promote it in the exhibition,” the minister noted.

The ITB Berlin is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies. The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin.

Al-Anani highlighted the importance of showcasing Egypt’s experience in merging the ministries of tourism and antiquities, and the country’s success in linking beaches with cultural tourism.

Regarding the merger of the two ministries, Al- Anani said it would positively affect unifying Egypt’s various types of tourism.

DNE asked Al-Anani if tourism revenue and the number of visitors in 2020 would exceed the numbers of 2010, the peak year for Egyptian tourism. He said that with the stability, security, safety, and the infrastructure’s improvement including tourism services, airlines, and archaeological sites services, he expected Egypt`s tourism sector to achieve very high numbers.

In terms of the promotional and marketing campaigns, the minister stated that before the merger, the ministry of tourism had exerted great efforts in promotional works, which he would continue and build on.

Moreover, Al-Anani declared that Egypt would participate in more than 50 exhibitions in the coming period, starting with FITUR exhibition in Spain, followed by the Belgrade International Fair of Tourism, in which Egypt would be the guest of honour, as well as the ITB Berlin in March.

On a different note, the minister said that 22 mummies and 17 royal coffins will be transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

He added that 22 Pharaonic style gilded chariots were manufactured abroad to transport the mummies from the Egyptian Museum.

He emphasised that the mummies will be transferred after the completion of the development of Tahrir Square, which is neighbouring the Egyptian Museum and Ain Sira Lake, which is close to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

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Government to use smart technologies to promote tourism https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/19/government-to-use-smart-technologies-to-promote-tourism/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:04:07 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719634 Both discussed improving communications infrastructure at hotels and tourist resorts to ensure best services to visitors.

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Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany met with Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat on Sunday to discuss using smart technologies to promote Egyptian tourism at international forums and exhibitions, and to improve internet services at tourism facilities.

Both discussed improving communications infrastructure at hotels and tourist resorts to ensure best services to visitors.

The meeting also dealt with developing the Tourism Ministry’s website after its merger with the Antiquities Ministry to be more attractive and showcase more archaeological and coastal sites.

Anany stated that the use of modern technology would change entirely the tourism promotion campaigns of Egypt at international exhibitions, which would push the tourism movement.

For his part, Talaat said his ministry is working to transfer Egypt into a digital community through a new strategy that includes increasing internet speed across the country. Digital transformation of Egypt is a main axis of economic and social development.

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Deadline for floating hotels to adjust situation extended to 31 March https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/19/deadline-for-floating-hotels-to-adjust-situation-extended-to-31-march/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:15:41 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719623 A Sunday press statement said the suspended hotels must notify the Ministry in case they want to reopen, stressing that these measures come in line with the Ministry’s policy on supporting tourism investors and raising the competitiveness of the sector.

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Ministry of tourism and Antiquities announced extending the deadline for suspended floating hotels to adjust their situations for additional three months, due on 31 March, Abdel Fattah Al-Assi, head of the hotels supervision sector in the Ministry said. The deadline before extension was 31 December 2019.

A Sunday press statement said the suspended hotels must notify the Ministry in case they want to reopen, stressing that these measures come in line with the Ministry’s policy on supporting tourism investors and raising the competitiveness of the sector.

According to the Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA), there were 130 floating hotels operating in Luxor and Aswan until last October, currently operating at full capacity and witnessing high occupancy rates. Investors predict Luxor and Aswan to lead the growth of Egypt tourism in 2020.

Egypt’s tourism sector, especially cultural tourism, declined over the years, but then started to recover again since the announcement of establishing the Grand Egyptian Museum, which will be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020. This has restored the world’s confidence Egypt’s cultural tourism, bringing back tourists to Luxor and Aswan as well.

Treasurer of the Cultural Tourism Association Ehab Abdel Aal earlier told Daily News Egypt that hotel occupancy rates in Luxor and Aswan increased to 95% in winter.

He stated that the winter season started in October at witnessed unprecedented activity since 2011.

The EHA announced earlier that it had taken some measures to address the flood season in winter that usually affects floating hotels.

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40% hike in Italian tourists in Egypt in 2019 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/19/40-hike-in-italian-tourists-in-egypt-in-2019/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:21:18 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719551 Egypt must continue diversifying tourism markets in 2020, says El-Damery

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Tourism in Egypt has increased during 2019, reaching 13 million visitors, including a stark 40% increase in Italian tourists, reports Italian newspaper Travelquotidiano.

The newspaper said that Emad Fathy, the Head of International Tourism at the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority, said efforts were still ongoing to achieve the Egyptian Tourism Authority’s goal to increase the number of Italian tourists coming to Egypt.

He mentioned that Egypt will also be participating in the Bit Travel exhibition this year to promote itself as a “multi-tourist destination,” also in anticipation of the Grand Egyptian Museum inauguration scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Bit Travel Exhibition is scheduled to be held 9 to 11 February in Milano.

“We focus on those places that can meet and satisfy all goals and needs of the tourists, varying between coastal tourism in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matrouh and  Alamein, to classic destinations such as Luxor, Aswan, Cairo, and Alexandria, in addition to the path of the Holy Family trip,” he said.

The Italian market was ranked sixth in terms of countries that send tourists to Egypt, in which 1m Italian tourists visited Egypt in 2010, which is considered the peak year for tourism, according to the State Information Service’s report in 2018.

“Before 2014, Egypt was dependent on only four source markets including British, German, Russian, and Italian markets, which were representing more than 75% of the annual tourism revenues in Egypt,” the retired president of the Tourism Promotion Board Authority, Hesham El Damery, told Daily News Egypt.

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

Notably, Egypt’s tourism sector suffered a big hit in 2011 after the revolution before taking another blow in 2015, when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai, leaving no survivors. Subsequently, 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. The Russian government resumed Russian flights to Cairo in April 2018, while the British government resumed its flights to Sharm El-Sheik in October 2019.

In those years, Egypt depended heavily on the Russian and British markets, experiencing a dramatic drop in revenue when they suspended flights. However, tourism recovered slowly but surely over the years after exploring other source markets in East Europe, and Asia.

El Damery said that these new markets include Serbia, and Bulgaria, in addition to South Korea, China, India, and Malaysia, assuring that Egypt has to continue diversifying source markets in 2020, in order to absorb any shocks in the tourism sector.

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BBC names Egypt as best tourism destination for 2020 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/15/bbc-names-egypt-as-best-tourism-destination-for-2020/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 10:11:24 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719236 The mega museum is considered one of Egypt’s most instrumental players in luring tourism back and reviving the country’s main source of income. It will host the complete collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings for the first time in history since they’re discovery.

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BBC Travel chose Egypt as the best place to visit this year, especially with the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

In its report, entitled “Why 2020 is the year to visit Cairo,” the BBC stated that tourism to Cairo has dwindled since the 2011 Revolution, but locals see the new GEM as a chance to reintroduce the world to Egypt’s bustling capital.

The mega museum is considered one of Egypt’s most instrumental players in luring tourism back and reviving the country’s main source of income. It will host the complete collection of Tutankhamen’s belongings for the first time in history since they’re discovery.

The opening was planned to take place in 2018, then it was postponed until reaching the last quarter of 2020.

Lauren K Clark, an American writer who has been living in Egypt since 2010, told BBC that Cairo has “an energetic pulse.” She attributes the city’s energy to its varied cultures, social classes, and natural environment, explaining that each part of the city has its own vibe and culture where these facets shine.

“And the fascinating thing is that Cairo has managed to sustain all these different entities. This is the magic and wonder of the city,” she added.

During the report the BBC, talked about the New Administrative Capital, praising the government’s efforts in establishing it, stating that “the new government has embarked on an ambitious plan to rebuild the capital 45km east of Cairo in an area currently called the New Administrative Capital. The plan includes creating a “smart city” with cashless transportation payments and abundant parks and greenery covering an eventual 700 square km, but funding shortages have caused numerous delays in progress.”

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Environment Minister attracts tourists to visit Saint Catherine mountains https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/13/environment-minister-attracts-tourists-to-visit-saint-catherine-mountains/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:56:39 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719104 The ministry said in a separate statement that 2,500 trees were planted in Damietta, as part of a state campaign to plant trees across the country.

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Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad called on tourists and citizens to go and enjoy the South Sinai’s Saint Catherine mountains which are covered with snow this time of year.

Fouad said the ministry is upgrading the area’s infrastructure to maintain its natural beauty, and economically capitalise on the mountains’ entertainment, the ministry’s Monday statement.

The ministry said in a separate statement that 2,500 trees were planted in Damietta, as part of a state campaign to plant trees across the country.

About 1,000 trees were planted in Damietta University, 500 trees at Al-Azhar University in Damietta, 500 trees in Kafr El-Ghab village, and 500 trees in Belbeis.

The ministry targets to raise the awareness of the importance of trees and green spaces in protecting the environment.

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Egypt aims to increase British tourist movement after lifting travel ban on Sharm El-Sheikh https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/06/egypt-aims-to-increase-british-tourist-movement-after-lifting-travel-ban-on-sharm-el-sheikh/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 11:14:17 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=718398 Government studies operating internal flights from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh and from Luxor to Hurghada

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The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Mohamed Anany and the Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar discussed ways to increase British tourism movement in Sharm El-Sheikh, after the British government has lifted its travel ban on the resort city.

The British government has lifted travel restrictions to Sharm El-Sheikh in October 2019. The ban has been imposed since 2015 following a Russian plane crash.

The two ministers met with the South Sinai governor on Sunday to discuss ways of cooperation, aiming to increase tourist movement to Egypt and to improve the level of services provided in the tourism sector.

Both officials also discussed linking the Nile valley to the Red Sea by operating internal flights from Luxor to Sharm El-Sheikh and from Luxor to Hurghada, aiming to stimulate domestic tourism and also to facilitate the internal movement for tourists.

During the meeting, they also talked about the introduction of a new integrated type of tourism programmes that combines cultural, beach, and recreational tourism.


The two ministers agreed to cooperate and coordinate continuously, harnessing all efforts to promote tourism and boost the tourist movement through launching initiatives and incentive programmes for tour operators and tour agents.

Mohamed Manar stressed that the Ministry of Civil Aviation and its subsidiaries are keen to develop the services provided to travelers through Egyptian airports.


The Minister of Aviation pointed out that tourism and aviation are two sides of the same coin, as they are considered one of the most important sources of Egyptian national income.

He stressed the need to set a common agenda during the coming period and to cooperate with all the concerned partners, uniting all efforts to ensure having a distinctive tourism product.


Manar pointed out that the political leadership pays great attention to resolve all problems and obstacles facing investors in the aviation, tourism and antiquities sectors.

He assured that the political leadership works on  on resolving problems quickly through periodic meetings and cooperation between the concerned ministries  and investors, in order to increase the tourist movement and provide various and integrated tourism programmes that satisfy all tourists in Egypt.

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Tourism Minister to discuss sector’s challenges with Sharm El-Sheikh investors  https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/31/tourism-minister-to-discuss-sectors-challenges-with-sharm-el-sheikh-investors/ Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:51:18 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=718005 Anany met Red Sea governorate's tourism investors earlier this week

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Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany will meet tourism investors in Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss their problems and possible solutions.
Anany has agreed with the Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda to hold a meeting next Saturday with investors and representatives of the tourism sector in the governorate to identify obstacles that impede their work, according to the ministry’s press statement.
It will be the second meeting of a kind by Anany after he had met with the Red Sea governorate’s tourism investors earlier this week.
During that meeting, Anany stressed that the political leadership is keen to revive the Egyptian tourism sector.

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Winter season increase hotel occupancy in Luxor, Aswan to 95%: Abdel Aal https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/31/winter-season-increase-hotel-occupancy-in-luxor-aswan-to-95-abdel-aal/ Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:10:14 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717989 The tourism sector in Egypt suffered a downturn since the 2011 Revolution, and the sector in Egypt suffered a devastating blow, especially when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015 and all its passengers were killed.

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Hotel occupancy rates in Luxor and Aswan increased to 95% this winter season,  an unprecedented rate since 2011, Treasurer of the Cultural Tourism Association Ehab Abdel Aal told Daily News Egypt.

He stated that the winter season started early in Egypt since October at an unprecedented rate since 2011.

The tourism sector in Egypt suffered a downturn since the 2011 Revolution, and the sector in Egypt suffered a devastating blow, especially when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015 and all its passengers were killed.

Abdel Aal pointed out that the collapse of the British Tourist Company, Thomas Cook, impacted the rates of reservations in hotels in Upper Egypt, where it declined by more than 20%, but it was still the highest, compared to the previous years and it returned to the high rates during Christmas and new year bookings.

In late September, Thomas Cook officially announced its collapse after failing to secure its necessary funding, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad. The company’s debt globally amounts to £1.7 bn.

Meanwhile, the volume of debts of Thomas Cook  for the Egyptian tourism sector does not exceed  €14 m, of which  €7m is for Blue Sky Travel Group, 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 told Daily News Egypt earlier.

On a positive side, Abdel Aal stated that Christmas and New Year bookings are much better than previous years, reaching 90%, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year, due to the cultural tourism only, especially in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan.”

Abdel Aal revealed that the volume of tourist spending coming for the purpose of cultural tourism exceeds three times that for beach and recreation.

He called on the state to pay attention to archaeological and cultural destinations, especially as they distinguish Egypt from the rest of the world.

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Tourism pundits believe new task force will resolve the sector’s problems https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/30/tourism-pundits-believe-new-task-force-will-resolve-the-sectors-problems/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 09:00:06 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717867 The task force will include the ministries of antiquities and tourism, culture, aviation, interior, and finance, as well as the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism.

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Egypt’s Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly approved forming a tourism task force, similar to the existing ministerial economic committee, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anany announced on Saturday.

The task force will include the ministries of antiquities and tourism, culture, aviation, interior, and finance, as well as the Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism.

Commenting on this decision, Chairperson of the Egyptian Hotel Association in Red Sea, Alaa Akel, told Daily News Egypt that this decision will help in coordinating between the different ministries to solve the sector’s problems.

Agreeing with Akel, Treasurer of Cultural Tourism Association, Ehab Abdel Aal, stated that the main reason behind establishing the new tourism task Force is to coordinate between the different ministries.

He further explained that each ministry takes a decision that might cause a conflict of interest with another ministry, so having this new task force is a must for coordination.

Abdel Aal gave example that in the hotels system the interior ministry conduct decision, meanwhile the irrigation ministry conducted another decisions, and the marine sector in ministry of transportation conduct other decisions, in addition to the decisions of the Ministry of Tourism itself.

“If the group member meet every three months, they will present the problems, discussing and reaching solutions for these problems, which will benefit the whole sector at the end,” Abdel Aal assured.

  

  

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Maltese cruise ship arrives Alexandria Wednesday carrying 1,028 tourists https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/25/maltese-cruise-ship-arrives-alexandria-wednesday-carrying-1028-tourists/ Wed, 25 Dec 2019 18:42:46 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=717446 The Maltese cruise ship Celestyel Crystal, which is coming from Greece, is the fourth cruise ship to come to the port in the last 10 years.

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A Maltese cruise ship arrived on Wednesday to Alexandria Port, coming from Greece, carrying 1,028 tourists of different nationalities, in addition to the crew that consists of 400 people.

The Maltese cruise ship Celestyel Crystal, which is coming from Greece, is the fourth cruise ship to come to the port in the last 10 years.

Late October, Alexandria Port witnessed the arrival of the first cruise ship coming from Greece, after an interruption for 10 years.

The cruise ship was coming from the Port of Limassol, carrying 520 tourists of different nationalities including 100 individuals as an official delegation headed by Mayor of the Cypriot town Paphos.

Commenting on the revitalisation, Al-Rayan Tarek Shaheen, chairperson of Alexandria Port Authority, stressed that the port will provide all facilities to help return marine tourism to the pre-2011 levels.

Talking about the rates before 2011, Shaheen mentioned that 98 ships used to come to Alexandria Port every year, carrying 200,000 tourists with different nationalities.

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French tourist arrivals in Egypt to reach 700,000 by year-end: ambassador https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/18/french-tourist-arrivals-in-egypt-to-reach-700000-by-year-end-ambassador/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:45:03 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716921 However, French tourist inflows witnessed a significant drop between 2011 and 2014 due to the political unrest in Egypt, recording its lowest level in 2014 of only 100,000 tourists.

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French tourist arrivals in Egypt to reach about 700,000 by the end of the year, compared to 500,000 tourists in 2018, French ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet told Daily News Egypt on Wednesday.

He added that the peak year of French tourists in Egypt was in 2010, witnessing one million French arrivals.

However, French tourist inflows witnessed a significant drop between 2011 and 2014 due to the political unrest in Egypt, recording its lowest level in 2014 of only 100,000 tourists.

“Since then, French tourist arrivals in Egypt witnessed a gradual increase, reaching 500,000 tourists in 2018, and now we expect for Egypt to witness between 600,000 and 700,000 French tourists by the end of the year,” he mentioned.

He said that Egypt now meets all the conditions necessary for receiving more tourists, mentioning that there is a high demand from French travel companies to operate trips to and from Egypt.

On a different note, the ambassador mentioned that the trade exchange between Egypt and France reached 2bn, while the total French investments in Egypt reached5bn.

The ambassador noted that he promotes investing in Egypt, focusing on the sectors of energy, health, infrastructure, and smart cities.

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Egyptian hotel markets continue to experience strong levels of performance https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/16/egyptian-hotel-markets-continue-to-experience-strong-levels-of-performance/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 18:12:31 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716697 Occupancy rate in in Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria recorded 80%, 60%, 67%, 82%, respectively.

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Egyptian markets such as Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Alexandria continue to experience strong performance in the Mena Hotel Forecast’s publication.

These markets showed an average revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth of 14% during the first 10 months (10M) of 2019, compared to the same period last year. The occupancy recorded 80%, 60%, 67%, 82%, in Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria respectively.

The forecast reported that the Egyptian markets will continue to be strong in RevPAR and Occupancy. The major Egyptian markets are forecasted to see an average RevPAR growth of 22% in 2019 compared to last year.

Beirut hotel markets will continue to see strong growth in performance with double digit growth in RevPAR in the first 10M of 2019, recording 13%. This growth in performance levels can be attributed by the growing number of European tourists underpinned by French tourists in the top of the list, followed by the Germans and the British. While average RevPAR in Dubai witnessed a decline by 9.5%. 

They noted that the lifting of travel warnings from Saudi Arabia is also expected to have a positive impact as the market is forecasted to see a RevPAR growth of 13% in full year 2019.

Saudi Arabia markets will continue to benefit from tourist via visa changes and other initiatives. Although new supply might put a downward pressure on rates, the recent initiatives are also expected to have a positive impact on occupancy levels.

For the Manama hotel market in Bahrain, it has seen a positive performance trend, achieving a RevPAR growth of 8%. This performance can be attributed by the increase in the numbers of visitors by approximately 3%. The continuous investments in tourism infrastructure is expected to increase the country’s visibility on the global map. This market is expected to see a RevPAR growth of 7% in full year 2019.

UAE markets are expected to achieve relatively stable performance in 2020, with the three months of EXPO 2020 falling in the fourth quarter.

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CBE increases value of its tourism support initiative to EGP 50bn https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/16/cbe-increases-value-of-its-tourism-support-initiative-to-egp-50bn/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 06:30:05 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716626 Bank to exempt pre-2011 defaulters in tourism sector from marginal interests on their loans

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The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced increasing the value of its initiative to finance the renovation and development of hotels and tourism facilities from EGP 5bn to EGP 50bn, in addition to extending it for another year, to end on 31 December 2020.

“About 20 floating and fixed hotels in Luxor, Aswan, South Sinai, and the Red Sea have benefited from the CBE’s initiative, taking loans to renovate their facilities. The Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA) is assisting its members to prepare the papers required to apply for the initiative’s soft loans,” Chairperson of the EHA Maged Fawzy told Daily News Egypt.

The CBE also announced the exemption of the pre-2011 tourism sector’s defaulters from marginal interest on their loans, as well as exempting all the customers of the bank’s 2017 initiative for troubled tourism companies, including those inf Nuweiba, Taba, and St. Catherine, from the marginal interest and 50% of their debts.

The initiative was conducted under the instructions of Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, after holding a meeting on Saturday with the governor of the CBE, representatives of the private sector, and Ahmed Al-Wasif, head of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum in Egypt.

Commenting on the initiative, Chairperson of the EHA in the Red Sea, Alaa Akel, stated that this initiative will provide soft loans to hotels and tourism facilities to finance their development and renovation.

Akel mentioned that some hotels were affected negatively since some countries imposed travel bans on Sharm El-Sheikh, stating that these hotels will need to improve their efficiency and to develop, thus the President gave instructions in order to help these hotels to renovate, with the aim of being ready for the tourism recovery.

He noted that around 40 hotels are closed in Hurghada and Marsa Allam.

The UK has imposed a travel ban on Sharm El-Sheikh, following the Russian plane crash over Sinai in 2015, in which all its passengers were killed. However, the British government resumed flights to the resort city late October.

Akel revealed that after the decision of the British government to resume flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, a gradual return to high rates of tourism will be witnessed, expecting to witness a full recovery within two or three seasons. 

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Hilton to add 8 hotels to its management portfolio in Egypt, reaching 24 hotels by 2024 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/12/14/hilton-to-add-8-hotels-to-its-management-portfolio-in-egypt-reaching-24-hotels-by-2024/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 06:00:11 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=716438 Hilton group manages nearly 6,000 hotels worldwide under 17 brands.

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Hilton will add eight new hotels to its management portfolio to reach 24 hotels in Egypt by 2024, up from only 16 hotels now.

On the side-lines of Hilton’s celebration of 100 years since its establishment, Hilton Vice President of operations for Egypt and North Africa Mohab Ghali said the  average occupancy rate for the group`s hotels ranges between 70% and 75%, expecting the same ratio by next year.

Hilton group manages nearly 6,000 hotels worldwide under 17 brands.

Egypt’s tourism sector revenues achieved an unprecedented increase of 28.2% during the last Fiscal Year (FY) 2018/19, recording $12.570bn, compared to only $9.804bn, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

Notably, the tourism sector is considered very important in the Egyptian economy, which represents more than 15% of Egypt’s gross domestic product, and contributes to the creation of jobs and positively affects the lives of local communities.

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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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