Tourism – Daily News Egypt https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:08:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Mariout Hills to establish 1st sustainable hotel in North Coast https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/15/mariout-hills-to-establish-1st-sustainable-hotel-in-north-coast/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:20:29 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702707 Hotel’s first phase costs EGP 300m, expected to be completed in July 2020, says Mariout Hills chairperson

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Mariout Hills Group announced on Sunday that the ministries of tourism and environment have granted the company a license to establish and operate the first sustainable hotel in the North Coast.

This will be the first hotel of its kind in Egypt as part of the state plan to support sustainable development projects.

Commenting on this, Ahmed Hassan, chairperson of Mariout Hills Developments and a specialist in sustainable cities, said that the hotel represents a qualitative leap for the North Coast.

He mentioned that it would be the first investment project in the field of sustainable development that will be open throughout the year, pointing out that all the infrastructure work of the hotel is environment-friendly from construction to services.

Hassan explained that the hotel is divided into 200 hotel houses designed to attract European tourists by 70% and Egyptians by 30%, he noted that the hotel is located in the kilo of 83 in the North Coast.

Concerning the project’s cost, Hassan noted that the first phase will cost about EGP 300m, while the second phase costs about EGP 1bn.

He mentioned that the first phase is expected to be completed by July 2020 and the whole project by 2023.

The chairperson confirmed that the hotel is supported by a modern and advanced farm for the production of organic food to reduce pollution, and includes new services in Egypt and North Africa.

Notably, Mariout Hills started implementing the first phase of the first sustainable “eco-city” in Egypt. That will include the hotel with all its services including the health and wellness area for the elderly and Alzheimer’s patients, as well as the area of children’s camps, recreational forests, and educational workshops. There will also be a racing track for electric cars, commercial centres, and an organic farm.

Moreover, Hassan announced that Mariout Hills has recently contracted long term contracts with

several European tour operators to organise European tourists’ trips to the city throughout the year.

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Tourism sector accounts for 20% of Egypt’s GDP: Al-Mashat https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/13/tourism-sector-accounts-for-20-of-egypts-gdp-al-mashat/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 20:06:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702594 Al-Mashat explained that Egypt has 3 million people working in the tourism sector

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Minister of Tourism says 3 million work in tourism sector the tourism sector is considered a key component for growth and employment in the country, as it accounts for 20% of Egypt’s GDP, according to Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat.

Al-Mashat explained that Egypt has 3 million people working in the tourism sector. She pointed out that the goal of the tourism structural reform programme in Egypt is to eventually have at least one individual from each Egyptian household working, either directly or indirectly, in the tourism sector.

Her remarks came on Saturday during a discussion session with the Practice Manager-Markets and Technology at World Bank Group, Martha Martinez Licetti, Senior Director of Manufacturing, Agri & Services at International Finance Corporation (IFC) Tomasz Telma, and IFC’s Vice President Of Economics And Private Sector Development, Hans Peter Lankes.

The minister stressed the importance of the tourism industry in the growth of the countries’ economies, highlighting that the world tourism movement increased by 6% in 2018, contributing $8.8tn, accounting for 10% of the world economy, and 30% of the world services exports. This is in addition to providing 319 million jobs, equivalent to 1/10 of the world’s total employment.

Al-Mashat expressed the ministry’s keenness to cooperate with international economic and financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

However, Al-Mashat stated that funding the sector from international financial institutions is still very weak, and called for increased financing from international financial institutions.

For her part, Licetti praised the practical and serious steps being taken by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to promote this sector and create sustainable tourism in the medium term.

Moreover, she asserted the importance of the role of international institutions in supporting the tourism sector, pointing out that the various aspects of cooperation between these institutions and the ministry of tourism will contribute toward supporting and developing the tourism sector in Egypt.

Noteworthy, Egypt has adopted a tourism structural reform programme last November for the first time. Aiming to develop the tourism sector, the structural reform programme includes different pillars, such as institutional reforms, legislative reforms, promotion and marketing activities, infrastructural and tourism development, and the global trends programme.

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Steigenberger to open 2 new hotels in Taba, Luxor by year-end https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/12/steigenberger-to-open-new-hotels-in-taba-luxor-by-year-end/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:00:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702525 Hotel optimistic about tourism growth in Egypt this year

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Deutsche Hospitality, represented in Egypt by the Steigenberger brand, is to open two new hotels; one in Taba in South Sinai and the other in Luxor, by the end of the year, according to Thomas Willms, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality.

The planned Taba hotel to include 398 rooms, while there will be 281 rooms in the Luxor hotel, Willms told Daily News Egypt in an interview.

He tackled tourism in Egypt and the expansion plans of Deutsche Hospitality in the Middle East.

The interview also touched on the procedures that the government has to take in order to develop the tourism sector and the evaluation of Egypt’s tourism nowadays, disclosing the top nationalities that visit Egypt currently, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

Let’s introduce Deutsche Hospitality to the readers: how many brands does the company own?

Our hotel portfolio encompasses 150 hotels in 11 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Deutsche Hospitality brings together five separate hotel brands under a single umbrella. Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts has nearly 60 hotels housed in historic traditional buildings and lively city residences as well as health and beauty oases set at the very heart of nature. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept, which places the focus on the essential under the motto “Maximize your stay”.  Jaz in the City reflect a metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel brand offers more than 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. Zleep Hotels is a well-known and successful hotel brand in Scandinavia which offers service and design at a great rate for many. In Egypt, we have Steigenberger with 12 hotels and six Nile cruisers.

Thomas Willms, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality

What about Deutsche Hospitality’s expansion plan in the Middle East?

 Deutsche Hospitality runs hotels in Tunisia, Dubai, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. We are looking forward to expand in other Middle Eastern countries.

 

Will you introduce any new brand of Deutsche Hospitality in Egypt?

We would love to introduce all brands in Egypt. We already have a strategy to have all brands in Egypt, and ee will announce the new developments as soon as possible.

 

What about Deutsche Hospitality’s global earning for 2018? (annual report)

As a private company, we enjoy the luxury to build our future development on a sustainable strategy, which includes middle- and long-term growth. Our aim is to double the number of hotels within the next five years, so that we can run 250 in the year 2024. The year 2018 was the most successful in our 90-year-long history. This is more than a solid basis for international growth.

 

How do you see the floatation’s effect on the tourism sector in Egypt?

 

Surely, it had a positive effect on the Egyptian tourism sector. However, I think what the Egyptian authorities really understood during the last years is that when it comes to rates, it is essential to ensure a minimum standard. This is the only way to constantly push quality to the next level. On the long run, the most valuable tourism for every country is focused on quality and sustainability more than on cheap trips.

 

How did Steigenberger deal with Egypt’s tourism crisis in past eight years? Was any of the workers laid off during that period?

Prioritising and investing at staff training and development is basic to ensure reaching world class standards of service. Therefore, we also try to be hosts for our guests as well as for our employees. If one hotel currently doesn’t need the power of all employees, we transfer them to another hotel – as a task force. We take care of our employees.

 

How many employees are there in Deutsche Hospitality in Egypt and in total?

 

We have 10,500 employees in total, while in Egypt there are more than 3,000 employees.

 

Do you think the tourism crisis is still ongoing? And what are your expectations for this year?

We see the positive efforts the government is undertaking to foster economy, especially the tourism sector. The government did some great efforts in the private sector; they improved transparency and strengthened social solidarity pensions. They did a lot to bring Egypt back on the right track by promoting Egypt’s tourism all over the world.

We are proud to run 12 hotels and six Nile ships in this beautiful country. We have five new hotels in the pipeline which we are looking forward to running. So, our decision is clear enough: We believe in the ongoing growth of the Egyptian economy. In facts and figures, the year 2018 witnessed outstanding performance and all the hotels had exceeded the financial budget with healthy ratio. We maintained our leading position when it comes to RevPAR.

 

What about your hotels’ average occupancy rates in Egypt this year?

Our hotels in Egypt recorded their highest occupancy since 2012. Egypt’s hotel occupancy rate reached record levels in the beginning of 2019, reaching its highest level since 2012, according to the STR report. The STR stated that occupancy grew from 21.2% to 60.1% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.

 

What about the top nationalities that visited Egypt this year according to destination?

 

The Red Sea: German, Polish, and British nationalities

Sharm El-Sheikh: Ukrainian, Italian, and Saudi nationalities

Cairo: American, GCC, and Indian nationalities

Alexandria: American, and Australian nationalities

Luxor and Aswan: German, British, American, Australian, and French nationalities.

In your opinion, what needs to be developed in Egypt to attract more tourists?

The most important issues that Egypt faces as well as other tourist destinations all over the world within the next years concern for quality, safety, human resources, and sustainability.

Speaking about source markets, especially Egypt, it is deeply connected with the European market. In our hotels in Europe, we experience since some years an increasing number of Chinese and Indian tourists. We see this trend also for Egypt within the next years. Especially as China is a big market of 1.3 billion people in the country, 100 million travelling at the moment. Chinese guests prefer more cultural tourism than the tourism, which is very interesting to Egypt.

 

What about the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Egypt?

 

We strongly believe in our CSR – not only as part time projects, more as a part of our philosophy. As part of our global CSR strategy, we are proud of our Egyptian hotels which really foster for our CSR team for going the extra mile: they are so engaged! All our hotels in Egypt are currently implementing an environmental management system that is based mainly on the “Green Star Hotel” (GSH) demands and criteria. Beneath that we have massive improvements using motion sensors, power saving cards, time switches and many things more CSR is about looking at every part of the value chain to gain the maximum improvement.

Steigenberger hotels are also the main sponsor for the UN programme of protecting migrating soaring birds through Egypt. We are members in the HEPCA organisation, a local organisation that is involved with environment preservation in the Red Sea, the hotels contribute to the support of the protection and conservation of the coral reefs including supporting natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value. Most hotels organise and participate annually in local environmental campaigns and actively at the local community.

 

What about your CSR plans in Egypt in 2019?

 

Four hotels will start to partially produce energy from solar energy. Eight other hotels are planning to be GSH certified. And we have a lot more to offer, including a pilot project in Makadi to produce our own drinking water to reduce plastic bottle waste.

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Egyptian tourists’ numbers to Georgia increase by 12.1% in H1 of 2019 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/11/egyptian-tourists-numbers-to-georgia-increase-by-12-1-in-h1-of-2019/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 06:40:33 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702454 Number of visitors from Egypt still needs to increase, says Georgian ambassador

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Egyptian tourist numbers to Georgia increased during the first half (H1) of 2019 by 12.1% to reach 3,734 tourists, ambassador of Georgia to Egypt, Alexander Nalbandov, said during his regular press conference for the Egyptian media, on Wednesday.

However, he added that the, “number of visitors from Egypt still needs to increase.”

Georgia and Egypt are discussing operating direct flights between Cairo-Tbilisi, which would be a new travel opportunity. This is in addition to direct flights already operating between the Georgian capital, on one hand, and Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh, on the other, the ambassador noted.

The growing number of visitors from the Middle East region to Georgia is noticeable from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, the ambassador added.

Domestic and international tourism is one of the main industries of Georgia and an important factor of its economy, the ambassador noted, adding that about 71.8% of Georgia’s service export revenue comes from tourism.

“Revenues from international tourism displayed an increasing trend and reached $3.2bn in 2018, which is 19.1% higher than in 2017. Tourism made up 7.6% of the total GDP,” the ambassador highlighted.

Georgia witnessed a record-breaking number of 8.679544 million for international travellers visiting the country in 2018, representing an annual growth rate of 9.8% compared to 2017, the ambassador asserted. He noted that about 77.3% of the trips conducted by international visitors were from neighbouring countries, the ambassador said.

“Currently, we have to revise our tourism 2019 growth projection and take into account temporary travel restrictions on flights from Russia to Georgia starting on July 8, 2019. We expect tourism revenues to decrease in 2019,” said the ambassador.

Meanwhile, the ambassador stressed that, despite obstacles, the Georgian tourism sector continues to grow, adding that the outlook for the sector remains highly optimistic. Following this path, more jobs will be created, more income will be generated in the years to come, and the number of international visits to Georgia is expected to substantially increase.

The United States Department of State included Georgia among the safest countries to travel to, and this is an absolutely correct evaluation, the ambassador stressed.

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Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada to witness growth of 39%, 29% respectively in RevPAR in 2019: Colliers https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/09/sharm-el-sheikh-hurghada-to-witness-growth-of-39-29-respectively-in-revpar-in-2019-colliers/ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 06:40:45 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702187 It also forecasted that Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria will achieve occupancy rates of 79%, 64%,69%, and 84% respectively in 2019.

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Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria are to witness a growth of 11%, 39%, 29%, and 27% respectively year-over-year (y-o-y) in revenues per available rooms (RevPAR), Colliers International said in its latest MENA Hotels Forecast report in June 2019.

It also forecasted that Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and Alexandria will achieve occupancy rates of 79%, 64%,69%, and 84% respectively in 2019.

“Following the positive trend from 2018, the Egyptian markets continue to experience strong growth in performance levels. In the first five months of 2019, the Egyptian markets saw an average RevPAR growth of 24% compared to the same period last year,” colliers explained.

Concerning Lebanon, Colliers revealed that Beirut is expected to witness a growth of 14% in y-o-y RevPAR in 2019, with occupancy rate of 63%.

“Beirut hotel market has seen strong growth in performance with double digit growth in RevPAR within the first five months of 2019,” according to Colliers.

Furthermore, it added that the increase in performance levels in Beirut can be attributed to the growing number of European tourists. Of which, French tourists top the list followed by Germans and British.

The report indicates that lifting of travel warning from Saudi Arabia is also expected to have a positive impact.

In regards to Dubai, Colliers expected the Dubai Festival City to witness a decrease of 7% in y-o-y RevPAR in 2019.

Meanwhile, it forecasted Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Marina to witness a decrease of 9% in y-o-y RevPAR in 2019.

Meanwhile, it forecasted that Palm Jumeirah is to witness a slight decrease of 6% in y-o-y RevPAR in 2019.

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

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Tourism sector will not be affected by latest fuel price hike: Former TPA president https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/07/tourism-sector-will-not-be-affected-by-latest-fuel-price-hike-former-tpa-president/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 19:27:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=702008 Average spending of tourists may increase, supported by increase in fuel, diesel prices, says El Damery

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The tourism sector will not be affected by the last increase in fuel and diesel prices, according to Hesham El Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA).

Notably, the Egyptian government slashed fuel subsidies on Friday, lifting petrol and diesel prices by about 25%. The price of a litre of octane 92 petrol increased to EGP 8, up from EGP 6.75. The price of octane 80 petrol and diesel fuel both increased from EGP 5.50 to EGP 6.75.

Moreover, the price of octane 95 petrol increased from EGP 7.75 to EGP 9 marking a 17% increase, while liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders increased by 30% to reach EGP 65, up from EGP 50 for household usage, while commercial LPG reached EGP 130.

El Damery told Daily News Egypt that this step is a corrective one as the tourism sector should not be subjected to subsidies from the government as it is a commercial sector.

By asking El Damery what some experts previously stated that Egypt is selling tourism at very low prices that do not cope with international prices, he stated that the increase in the fuel prices, will subsequently increase prices, which may increase the average spending of tourists in Egypt in a corrective manner.

The government’s decision comes in line with promises to reduce fuel subsidies according to the reform plan that was agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to secure a $12bn loan.

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Egypt’s tourism growth is the fastest in North Africa by 16.5%: Al-Mashat https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/07/07/egypts-tourism-growth-is-the-fastest-in-north-africa-by-16-5-al-mashat/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 07:30:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701941 Tourism financing from global institutions still very weak, says minister

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Tourism in Egypt witnessed a boom in 2018 becoming the fastest growing in North Africa with a growth rate of 16.5%, well above the global average growth of only 3.9%, the Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat stated.

The minister’s remarks came during her visit to Switzerland to participate in a roundtable named “Financing the tourism industry from international institutions, to achieve 2030 agenda goals,” as part of the activities held for the World Trade Organization (WTO) initiative named “Aid for trade,” during the period from 3 to 5 July in Geneva, Switzerland.

Al-Mashat stressed the importance of modernising the tourism legislation regulating the work of the tourism sector in order to cope with the changes in the tourism industry worldwide, such as digital transformation, electronic booking, etc.

She highlighted that the legislative reform axis is one of the five main axes of the structural reform programme to develop the tourism sector, which was adopted by the ministry of tourism since last November.

During her speech, Al-Mashat stressed the importance of increasing the funding and support of international tourism institutions in the 2030 agenda due to the importance of the tourism sector in countries’ economies.

She shared that growth in the tourism sector is surpassing the growth rates of the world economy, explaining that the growth in tourism globally reached 3.9%, while the global GDP growth is only 3.2%.

“However, sector financing from global funding institutions is still very weak, the value of targeted flows to support the tourism sector amounted to only 0.4% of the total value of aid flows for trade during 2017,” Al-Mashat continued.

Furthermore, the minister explained why she called for increasing the funding and support for tourism in the 2030 agenda, stating that the industry is important in the economies of countries and contributes to the achievement of the United Nations goals of sustainable development–which aim to improve societies and achieve a better life for countries worldwide.

She added that as global discourse is now moving toward protective measures and trade policies, the tourism sector is a way to overcome these policies, as travel and the movement of individuals between countries contributes to the exchange of cultures and the spread of peace and understanding among peoples.

In addition, the minister also presented the latest developments on the world tourism movement in 2018, which contributed $8.8tn, equivalent to 10% of the world economy, representing 30% of export services, in addition to creating 319m jobs, equivalent to 1/10 of the total opportunities.

Moreover, the minister declared that the number of tourists increased worldwide by 6%.

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El-Lahun Pyramid to be opened for 1st time https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/27/el-lahun-pyramid-to-be-opened-for-1st-time/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:47:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=701275 Although the pyramid has been closed since its entrance was discovered up until now for restoration works, the ministry has decided to open it up for the public to visit.

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The Egyptian Ministry of Antiques is to open El-Lahun Pyramid for the first time on Friday, June 28, coinciding with the celebrations of 30 June.

Although the pyramid has been closed since its entrance was discovered up until now for restoration works, the ministry has decided to open it up for the public to visit.

El-Lahun (or Senusret II Pyramid) is 22 km away from the Fayoum governorate. It is made of mud brick and was constructed for pharaoh Senusret II in the Twelfth Dynasty on a 12 metre hill at the El-Lahun city outskirts.

Unlike the rest of the Egyptian pyramids which have their entrance at the north side, the El-Lahun Pyramid’s entrance is a vertical shaft under a princess’s tomb located about a dozen yards off to the east of the southern pyramid side. Interestingly, this was made to ward off grave robbers.

In 2009, archaeologists discovered a cache of pharaonic-era mummies in brightly painted wooden coffins near the El-Lahun Pyramid. The mummies were the first to be found in the sand-covered desert rock surrounding the mud-brick El-Lahun Pyramid.

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Opera show commemorates Holy Family’s trip in Egypt https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/26/opera-show-commemorates-holy-familys-trip-in-egypt/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:35:44 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701115 Egypt to prepare file on trip, present it to UNESCO's World Heritage Committee

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Celebrating the Holy Family’s trip to Egypt, the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, attended Egypt’s cultural show held on Monday to commemorate the trip which the family took to Egypt.

The celebration was attended by several officials, including the Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Waly; the Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs, Nabila Makram; and the Minister of culture, Inas Abdel-Dayem. The show was organised by Nahra, an NGO aiming to revive heritage.

In his speech, El-Anany stated that the Holy Family’s trip to Egypt has a huge religious and historical importance, which makes Egypt unique from other countries known for their religious tourism.

He added that the trip, which lasted for around three and a half years, led Egypt’s Coptic Church to be one of the leading churches across the world.

“The 25 areas which the family visited are still blessed holding their scents, as the family moved from Sinai to Upper Egypt,” he said.

El-Anany expressed his happiness that the event attracted both the government and NGOs’ attention, explaining that since 2015 many of these historical sites were opened after renovation, including the Hanging Church in Old Cairo.

He further declared that the ministry of antiquities formed a committee to prepare a file about the Holy Family’s trip in Egypt in order to present it to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

The Opera show will be translated into both English and French, in order to tour the world, starting with Beirut.

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Boom in hotel occupancy in conjunction with AFCON https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/24/boom-in-hotel-occupancy-in-conjunction-with-afcon/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:42:40 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=701007 A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased

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Egypt is witnessing a big increase in hotel occupancy in coordination with the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted by Egypt in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, and Ismailia, with the participation of 24 teams, which will last until July 19 next.

A member of the Chamber of Tourism, Waheed Assem, told Daily News Egypt that the rate of hotel occupancy is going well, as the percentage of occupancy in all the governorates hosting the matches significantly increased.

He explained that hotel occupancy in Cairo amounted to 35,000 rooms, 4,000 in Alexandria, and 3,000 hotels in Borg El Arab.

Assem added that the occupancy rate in hotels in Ismailia reached 65%, while all the hotels in Ain Sokhna, near Suez governorate, were booked.

Mohammed Imbaby, Head of the Cafes, Restaurants, and Tourism Facilities Division in the Giza Chamber of Commerce told Daily News Egypt that the demand exceeded all expectations.

He explained that the restaurants and cafes are seeing lots of reservations and demand, in the presence of delegations from countries participating in the tournament.

He added that the original way the AFCON opening was presented, and the good organisation has increased expectations for more demand as the matches continue.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina opened its doors to the African public to enter and visit free of charge in conjunction with the tournament.

“The Library of Alexandria has approved the demand of the organising committee to allow African fans to enter the library free of charge at all times,” said Amer Hussein, the head of Group B in AFCON.

Hussein thanked the library officials’ request for approving the request of the committee, allowing fans from Nigeria, Guinea, Burundi, and Madagascar to enter the library as one of the important tourist landmarks, not only in Egypt, but in the world.

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Tourism Promotion to provide training for South Valley Tourism Faculty’s students https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/23/tourism-promotion-to-provide-training-for-south-valley-tourism-facultys-students/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:51:37 +0000 https://eklutdvotyzsri.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700857 Transportation capacity in Upper Egypt represents only 35% from total transportation capacity that ought to work to receive incoming tourists

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Chairperson of the Tourism Marketing and Promotion Committee in Upper Egypt and Vice President of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, Mohamed Osman, stated that the committee is to sign a cooperation protocol with the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in South Valley University, in order to provide the faculty’s students training opportunities in hotels, tourist companies, and floating hotels.

His remarks came during his selection on the evaluation committee for the graduation projects of the students of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels at the South Valley University.

In that context, Osman explained that the return of the tourism movement, in addition to the current tourism indicators assures that the demand of the students for education in Faculty of Tourism and Hotels will increase in the future.

He noted that one of the main aspects and reasons behind obtaining a distinctive tourism experience, is the service provider and how he/she deals with the tourists.

“Hence evaluating the graduation projects that are submitted by the students is a must, due to their higher impact in the tourism movement,” he affirmed.

Furthermore, Osman revealed that most of the projects submitted by students are closely related to cultural tourism, as a result of the impact of the environmental surrounding for the students, as they are surrounded by the most amazing historical monuments. Moreover, he added that among the projects presented by students is a project on the future of e-tourism, and its impact on the future of traditional tourism, explaining that being synchronised with the issues of the sector raises the efficiency of tourism students.

Talking about the volume of the tourist movement, he clarified that there are some challenges that must be addressed in in order to achieve better progress and increase the volume of the tourist movement, including the shortage in the transportation capacity in Upper Egypt.

Osman further explained that the transportation capacity in Upper Egypt represents only 35% from the total transportation capacity that ought to work to receive incoming tourists.

“This problem can be addressed through allowing the import of three-year-used (from the manufacturing date) tourist buses,” he maintained.

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US market represents 3% of tourist arrivals to Egypt: Al-Mashat https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/19/us-market-represents-3-of-tourist-arrivals-to-egypt-al-mashat/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:30:17 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700688 Gulf Air operates 19 flights to Egypt weekly, says Bahrain’s tourism minister

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The United States market represents 3% of incoming tourism to Egypt, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said during her meeting with the US delegation participating in the 110th session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held in the period from 16 to 18 June in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Al-Mashat asserted that her ministry is working to increase the number of American tourists in Egypt.

According to the State Information Service (SIS), the year 2010 was the best year for American tourist arrivals to Egypt, where more than half a million tourists visited the North African country, representing 3.8% of the total tourist arrivals in Egypt in the same year.

The number of American tourists declined after 2010. In 2015, only 294,000 Americans visited Egypt, representing only 3.2% of total tourist arrivals to the country in the same year.

For its part, the US delegation pointed to their country’s aspiration for more cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism. The US delegation included the White House Principal Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of President Donald Trump., Emma Doyle; the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs, Kevin Moley; the Commissioner of the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Paul Packer; and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs, Kathy Wills Wright.

During her participation in the UNWTO meetings, Al-Mashat also met with Bahrain’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, Zayed Bin Alzayani, to discuss boosting cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism.

Throughout the meeting, Al-Mashat stressed the deep relations between the two Arab countries, expressing her ministry’s keenness to attract more tourists from Arab countries, especially Bahrain, pointing out that the Arab market represents about 30% of the tourist arrivals to Egypt.

For his part, Alzayani stated that Gulf Air operates 19 flights to Egypt weekly, landing in the airports of Cairo, Alexandria, and Sharm El-Sheikh.

He confirmed Bahrain’s interest to promote Egypt as a tourist destination, not only in Bahrain, but also across the world, relying on its good relations with the GCC and the Far East countries.

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World awaits opening of GEM: UNWTO https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/19/world-awaits-opening-of-gem-unwto/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:18:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700683 International tourist arrivals to grow by 3.4% in 2019, says organisation

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The whole world is awaiting the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which is considered the largest museum in the world, said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

While the museum is still under construction and is scheduled to open in 2020, the site chosen for the GEM is only 2km from the legendary pyramids.

The museum complex will be built on a plot of land approximately 117 feddan.

During the meetings of the 110th session of the executive council of the UNWTO, Pololikashvili

presented a report on the current trends in the international tourism, in which he talked about the global tourism situation and the tourism prospects for 2019, noting that the number of incoming international tourists worldwide increased by 6% in 2018, reaching 4.1 billion tourists.

Notably, the 110th session of UNWTO’s executive council was held from June 16 to 18 in Baku.

“International tourist arrivals in world to grow by 3,4% in 2019,” according to the Secretary-General of the UNWTO.

Moreover, during the meetings Pololikashvili announced the re-admission of the United States of America to the UNWTO, after 23 years of disappearance, explaining that this reinforces the importance of the UNWTO in the coming period.

For her part, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, welcomed the re-accession of the US to the organisation.

She also stressed the importance of placing the tourism sector as a priority on the agenda of international organisations, especially after the statistics showed that it has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors. The minister pointed out the global economic discourse toward protectionist policies and closed trade procedures, mentioning that the tourism sector is a way to overcome these policies.

She further explained that that travel and movement of individuals between countries contributes to the exchange of cultures and the spread of peace and understanding among people.

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AZAL to resume Charter Flights from Baku to Cairo July 8 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/15/azal-to-resume-charter-flights-from-baku-to-cairo-july-8/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:04:51 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700424 Egypt’s tourism revenues to come from various small source markets, better than depending on only 3,4 major markets representing 90% of annual revenues: El Damery

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The Azerbaijani National Aviation Company (AZAL) announced the resumption of its charter flights from Baku to Cairo starting from July 8 and from Sharm El-Sheikh from July 18, on Saturday evening in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat.

 

The minister travelled on Saturday to the Republic of Azerbaijan to participate in the 110th session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) which will be held from June 16 to 18 in Baku.

 

In that context, the Egyptian embassy in Azerbaijan indicated that this visit is the first ministerial visit from Egypt to the Republic of Azerbaijan since several years ago.

 

Al-Mashat stressed the importance of this visit in enhancing cooperation between the ministry, international bodies, and institutions to develop the tourism industry.

 

She explained that the WTO plays a major role in serving the world tourism sector and enhancing tourist cooperation.

 

Al-Mashat will participate as a keynote speaker in the panel discussion entitled “Protecting our heritage: social, cultural, and environmental sustainability.” The panel will be held during the meetings at the 110th session of the Executive Council of the WTO.

 

It will discuss how to promote the tourism industry in achieving sustainable development goals, the role of the WTO, governments, local communities, and the private sector, and it will present initiatives that promote social integration and gender equality in tourism.
Notably, Egypt is a member of the Executive Council at the WTO, which consists of 35 countries.

 

The current Chairperson of the Executive Council is Zambia. The First Vice-President is Argentina and the Second Vice-President is Thailand. The council meets twice a year.

 

The council’s task is to take all necessary measures, in consultation with the secretary-general, to implement its resolutions, recommendations, and reports to the general assembly.

 

The tourism sector in Egypt suffered a downturn since the 2011 Revolution. Egypt suffered a devastating blow particularly after the Russian passenger plane crash in Sinai that occurred in late October 2015 killing all passengers onboard.

 

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.

 

By asking the former Chairperson of the Egyptian Tourism Federation, Elhamy El-Zayat, if this incident was the reason behind stopping AZAL’s charter flights to Cairo from Baku, he said that there is no relation. He explained that Azerbaijan is a country with small population and small economy and thus there is less demand to travel.

 

Meanwhile, Hesham El Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Board Authority, explained that the reason behind stopping their charter flights to Egypt, is related to different reasons including the world travel ban on Egypt since 2015, noting that this ban began to be removed and the tourism sector has begun to recuperate gradually once more.

 

“It is also related to the supply and demand, and to the marketing of the various tourism markets to promote Egypt as a tourist destination to their citizens,” he continued.

 

El Damery is very optimistic about the resumption of AZAL’s charter flights, explaining that this means that they ensured that Egypt is now enjoying political stability.

 

Furthermore, he explained that the resumption of charter flights means that the Azerbaijani tourist has increased their demand on Egypt as well as many other countries.

 

Concerning the point that Azerbaijan is a small country, he stated that attracting new nationalities to come and visit Egypt is a must as not to be affected by the disappearance of any country, assuring that every increase in tourist numbers even if by one tourist, represents a benefit and advantage to Egypt’s annual tourism revenues.

 

He further explained that if the state’s tourism revenues is coming from various small source markets, it will be better than depending on 3 or 4 major markets that represent 90% of the annual tourism revenues of Egypt.

 

Furthermore, he elaborated that average tourism spending in the last two years increased as the touristic base in Egypt changed, elucidating that the average spending of the Russian tourist is low, but now after the travel ban, Egypt witnessed visitors from United States, the Gulf, and Asian markets whose average spending is much higher than the Russian tourist.

 

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More than 190,000 Dutch tourists visit Egypt in 2018: Ambassador https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/15/more-than-190000-dutch-tourists-visit-egypt-in-2018-ambassador/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:59:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700421 Netherlands stepped up its efforts to assist Egypt in its difficult, courageous reforms

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More than 190,000 Dutch tourists visited Egypt in 2018 and 20,000 visas are being issued to Egyptians traveling to Holland, said ambassador of the Netherlands to Egypt, Laurens Westhoff.

Over the centuries, both the Netherlands and Egypt shared their knowledge to discover and understand Egypt’s archaeological treasures, the ambassador added during his speech at the event that the embassy organised on Thursday evening.

“We shared our knowhow and became involved in the development, maintenance, and expansion of the Suez Canal. All Dutch school children learn about the pharaohs and the pyramids,” the ambassador mentioned, highlighting the gradual development of the joint relationship with Egypt from a small Dutch presence of consuls, archaeologists, and contractors to “a full-fledged relationship.”

Netherlands is the second largest investor from the European Union (EU) in Egypt, he asserted, noting that his country wants to see the bonds with Egypt become even stronger.

The ambassador highlighted the strong economic partnership between the Netherlands and Egypt, stating that Dutch companies are long-term partners of Egypt. Together with their Egyptian partners, they provide up to 10,000 jobs for men and women in Egypt.

“This year, we have stepped up our efforts to assist Egypt in its difficult and courageous task of reforming its economy. We are creating financial instruments and incentives for Dutch agricultural and water expertise to be shared with Egypt,” the Dutch ambassador told Daily News Egypt two days ahead of the embassy’s celebration.

The embassy will strengthen its capacity with two Dutch experts on water and economy, in addition to the ones that the embassy already has, in order to ensure that it has the capacity to implement the different programmes with Egypt, the ambassador added.

The ambassador expressed his confidence that the partnership between the Netherlands and Egypt will grow and flourish even more in due time.

In honour of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday (King’s Day), the embassy celebrated the Dutch National Day on Thursday in the presence of senior Egyptian officials, influential figures, and representatives of the diplomatic community.

“King’s Day in the Netherlands is a confirmation of the strong bond between the Dutch Royal family and its citizens,” the ambassador said.

He added that the Kings Day underlines the country’s diversity and highlights the inclusive character of the Dutch nation.

“Our King reaches out to young and old, men and women, migrant and non-migrant, handicapped and non-handicapped,” the ambassador mentioned.

“Inclusiveness is the key. We believe that only together we can make a difference. Allowing all citizens to contribute brings prosperity,” the ambassador noted. He asserted that with this golden key, the Netherlands built a country that is a global leader in water, agriculture, trade, infrastructure, and education.

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Egypt launches electronic portal for visa applications https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/12/egypt-launches-electronic-portal-for-visa-applications/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:29:31 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700289 The Egyptian government has launched an electronic portal to help tourists apply for a visa to its territory

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The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement on Tuesday that the consular sector of the ministry, in cooperation and coordination with various concerned authorities in the state and Egyptian missions abroad, has completed the implementation of the first phase of the E-visa project in several foreign countries.

 

The ministry explained that this project came in light of the Egyptian government’s keenness to facilitate the issuance of various types of visas to foreign visitors. This is to encourage the movement of incoming tourism, to facilitate the entry of businessmen, and to increase the movement of trade and investment flow.

 

The new portal was launched in eight different languages. The first phase of the E-visa includes 46 foreign nationals, including the United States of America; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; Spain; Germany; Italy; Denmark; Bulgaria; Australia; the European Union; Australia; Canada; Japan, and South Korea.

 

Mainly, it includes countries whose nationals are allowed obtain visas on arrival, a visa upon arrival at Egyptian ports and airports.

 

The new site provides the service of issuing tourist visas only, for regular passport holders, with a fee of $25 for a single entry and $60 for several entries.

 

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

 

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.

 

However, since 2018, the sector began to thrive again thus regaining its position once more, as Egypt is a country strategically located on both the Mediterranean and Red Seas, with incredible sandy beaches, astonishing landscapes, a warm winter climate, and undoubtedly the world’s largest collection of historical sites, temples, pyramids, and artefacts.

 

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism also launched a reform programme in November 2016 as the government is taking all the necessary procedures to revive the tourism sector which the state once had prior to 2011.

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International tourist arrivals grow 4% in Q1 of 2019: UNWTO https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/11/international-tourist-arrivals-grow-4-in-q1-of-2019-unwto/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 08:04:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700195 Total exports earnings from international tourism reach $1.7tn in 2018, says agency

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International tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) grew by 4% during the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, compared to the same period last year, below the 6% average growth of the past two years, according to the UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) world tourism barometer and statistical index in May.

The UNWTO revealed that the growth was led by the Middle East with 8%, Asia and the Pacific by 6%, Europe and Africa both went up by 4%, while the Americas growth jump was by 3%.

“Confidence in global tourism performance has started to pick up again after slowing down at the end of 2018,” according to the latest UNWTO confidence index survey.

Furthermore, the UNWTO said that the panel’s outlook for the current May-August period is more optimistic than in the past three periods and more than half
of respondents are expecting a better performance in the coming four months.
Meanwhile, the UNWTO disclosed that total export earnings from international tourism reached $1.7tn in 2018, or almost $5bn a day on average.

 

Noteworthy, international tourism (travel and passenger transport) accounts for 29% of the world’s services’ exports and 7% of overall exports of goods and
services.

The UNWTO announced that for the seventh year in a row, growth in tourism exports is 4% which is higher than the 3% growth in merchandise exports in 2018.
The year 2018 consolidates strong results, becoming the second strongest year since 2010, according to the UNWTO.
Overall results were driven by a favourable economic environment and strong outbound demand from major source markets.
Concerning Egypt, last year saw strong growth for Egyptian travel and tourism as it became the fastest-growing country in North Africa, developing by 16.5%– second only to Ethiopia when reviewing the whole continent.
This is according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which represents the global private sector of travel and tourism

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Number of 8 Egyptian tour operators likely to visit Indonesia in June https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/09/number-of-8-egyptian-tour-operators-likely-to-visit-indonesia-in-june/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 20:25:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700041 Numbers of Indonesian students in Egypt witness a significant increase, says ambassador

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The Indonesian embassy in Cairo is organising a trip for eight Egyptian tour operators to promote Indonesian tourism, said Helmy Fauzy, the Indonesian ambassador, adding that the embassy received many applications for the visit which is expected to take place in June.

 

Egyptians’ inquiries to travel to Bali, Indonesia, recently hiked following the broadcasting of the Ramez Fel Shalal’ show (Ramez in the waterfalls) that was presented by popular entertainer Ramez Galal during the holy month of Ramadan, the ambassador noted.

 

“The show was a great promotion for Indonesian tourism. We supported the visas facilitation of the crew and we weren’t engaged in the preparations or the sponsorship,” the ambassador emphasised.

 

Notably, the ambassador met with representatives of some Egyptians travel agents and tour operators in Alexandria recently in the presence of the representatives of the Indonesian embassy team.

 

Egypt is a second home for most Indonesians, the ambassador noted, affirming that numbers of Indonesian students in Egypt witnessed a significant increase over the past couple of years.

 

“Last year, 2,000 Indonesian students came to study in Egypt while we anticipate the numbers to increase in the future. The warm welcome of the Egyptians encourages more students to come here to study,” the ambassador elaborated.

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Hapi Tours restructures, appoints new executive management team https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/09/hapi-tours-restructures-appoints-new-executive-management-team/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 19:33:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=700032 Alaa Rady appointed as board member, Mohamed Mahmoud as CEO

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Hapi Tours announced on Sunday the appointment of a new executive management team hired in March 2019, with the aim of restructuring the business to drive growth.

Alaa Rady has been appointed as a member of the board and oversees setting the strategy and directing the restructuring and to improve Hapi Tours. His aim is to make it competitive and capable of reaching its maximum potential.

Rady is one of Egypt’s most competent strategic business management consultants with an impeccable international track record of turning companies around in less than one year.

Taking the position of CEO is Mohamed Mahmoud, who has over 20 years of experience in diversified investment, strategy experience, private equity, investment banking, and mergers and acquisitions.

Commenting on the restructuring, Mahmoud said, “One of the first steps we’re going to take is to combine our special courier and airfreight business divisions into one powerful business unit given the synergies they share.”

Mahmoud elaborated that both divisions have great financial and operational performance “that will soon be independently managed by world class courier and cargo professionals.”

He added that the company’s goal is to expand across north Africa in the next three years.

“Furthermore, we have an aggressive go-to-market plan that will double the special courier division in the coming 18 months,” Mahmoud stressed.

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Egypt to establish largest medical tourism city in Africa with EGP 20bn investments https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/09/egypt-to-establish-largest-medical-tourism-city-in-africa-with-egp-20bn-investments/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:49:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=699941 Project to be completed within five years

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The Chairperson of Badr City Development Authority, Ammar Mandour, announced that Egypt will begin the implementation of the largest medical tourism city in Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa, with investments estimated at EGP 20bn.

 

Ammar disclosed in a press statement on Friday that 90% of the project’s investments are Egyptian, noting that the preliminary review of the project’s site was completed.

 

“The medical city will include 13 different specialised medical institutes with a capacity of 2,000 beds, a landing strip for flying ambulances, an educational hospital, and natural healing gardens, as well as a plant nursery,” according to the chairperson of the Badr City Authority.

 

Moreover, Mohammed Suliman, general-secretary of the Badr University, said that 10% of the city’s total capacity will be dedicated to the underprivileged, asserting that the project aims to provide the best medical services not only for Egyptians, but also for foreigners.

 

He explained that the total area of the project is estimated at 109 feddan, revealing that the first phase of the project will be completed after 30 months from the date of starting construction.

 

Furthermore, Suliman announced the project will be completed and fully operational within five years of execution.

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Dahab listed top one of MENA’s best beaches https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/09/dahab-listed-top-one-of-menas-best-beaches/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:17:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=699932 Want to go diving? Perhaps Snorkeling? Famous shipwreck? Come to Dahab

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Dahab has been featured as the most beautiful beach alongside eight others in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to National Geographic’s “Best Beaches in the Middle East” list.

 

As Dahab is one of the most treasured diving spots, it also has some of the most beautiful and diverse wildlife in all of Egypt. For instance, the corals in Dahab, according to National Geographic, are among the “healthiest in the region”.

 

National Geographic’s list also referred to one of Dahab’s illustrious sites: the Blue Hole. This diving site is a submarine sinkhole more than 91-metre-deep that is widely known among professional drivers, the list explained.

 

The Blue Hole is believed to be the deadliest diving site in the world with an arch that is 26-metre tunnel leading divers from the blue hole to the open water.

 

There are claims that the hole took the lives of 130 to 200 divers in recent years proving to be a deadly challenge.

 

Above the water and on Dahab’s coastline, visitors can witness the beautiful Ras Abu Gallum Protectorate which houses about a 165 plant species–some of which are rare kinds–and several desert animals.

 

Moreover, Dahab is also home to one of the best snorkelling spots in all of Egypt.

 

When in Dahab, divers can also go on exploratory diving trips where the SS Thistlegorm, one of the most famous shipwrecks in the world, lies at the bottom of the sea.

 

The SS Thistlegorm is a British cargo ship that sank in 1941 after being attacked by the Germans during the Second world war. At the time, it was loaded with arms supplies, including ammunition, armoured vehicles, military motorcycles, guns, and aircraft spare parts.

 

The shipwreck was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1955 and is now the jewel of diving in the Red Sea. It is about 30m metres deep in the shallow water.

 

Aside from Egypt’s Dahab, the eight other beaches from the region that made it to the list include Jordan’s Dead Sea Beach, Ölüdeniz Beach in Turkey, Tyre Beach in Lebanon, Kite Beach and Saadiyat Beach in the UAE, Salalah Beach in Oman, Djerba in Tunisia, and Nissi in Cyprus.

 

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Average cultural tourist spending in Egypt to reach $100 per day next season https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/03/average-cultural-tourist-spending-in-egypt-to-reach-100-per-day-next-season/ Sun, 02 Jun 2019 23:37:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699785 Japan tops list of high-spending countries, followed by the US, Germany, says Osman

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Cultural tourist spending in Egypt increased during the last season, and it would reach $100 per day in next season, Mohamed Osman, head of cultural tourism promotion committee in Upper Egypt, said.

A committee’s report, which monitors the changes witnessed this season, revealed the winter season saw a remarkable tourist recovery, especially in Luxor and Aswan.

Osman pointed out that the figures revealed positive changes in the sector compared to last year, most notably the high tourist spending rate.

In that context, Osman explained that the average expenditure of tourists reached its lowest level after January 2011 recording $25 per day, while the average spending last winter season recorded about $70 per day.

Japan tops the list of high-spending countries in Egypt, followed by the United States and Germany, while the Chinese tourism is in dire need of more effort to raise its spending rate,” the report disclosed.

Talking about the the cultural tourism target markets, Osman said that there are five major markets that witnessed a remarkable increase in the cultural tourism movement to Egypt during the last period, first of which is the Spanish market, then the Latin American market, followed by France, Germany, and the United States.

Some of the countries that  export cultural tourism have missed the market expectations, mainly the Italian market, and the flow indicator from the English market is particularly questionable, which was accounting for 40% of the total  flow of cultural tourism to Egypt, while it appears now in a very limited way despite all the facilities that were presented,” according to the report.

The report also pointed out that some target markets, that witnessed low tourism export after January 2011, started to visit Egypt in remarkable numbers, led by the Scandinavian market.

Meanwhile, there were three markets that represented a surprise for the sector in terms of tourists flow, including Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, respectively.

Moreover, the report stated that the Japanese market ranked first among Asian markets in terms of tourist flow, noting that the number of Japanese tourists is increasing not only in winter season but also in summer.

While the Indian market maintained its flow at a constant level despite the very special offers from some Egyptian companies,” the report revealed.

Osman described the Chinese market in the report  as the treasure that has not been used, noting that China exports 150 million tourists a year.

If Egypt can attract and get only 1% of the Chinese tourism around the world, Egypt will have 1.5 million tourists a year,” the report continued.

The report pointed out that the Korean market began to recover since early November for the first time after a long period of decline in their movement to Egypt.

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Egypt, Bulgaria sign MoU to boost bilateral tourism relations https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/06/01/egypt-bulgaria-sign-mou-to-boost-bilateral-tourism-relations/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 15:37:05 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699647 The signing ceremony comes on the sidelines of “Investing in Tourism Sustainability” Conference (ITSC) held in 30-31 May in Bulgaria.

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Egyptian Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat and her Bulgarian counterpart Nikolina Angelkova inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of enhancing bilateral tourism relations, which will subsequently contribute to the economic development and growth of the tourism sector in both countries.

The signing ceremony comes on the sidelines of “Investing in Tourism Sustainability” Conference (ITSC) held in 30-31 May in Bulgaria.

Al-Mashat stated in a press statement that the MoU aims to enhance and develop the joint tourism products in the fields of cultural tourism, beach tourism, culinary tourism, and other types of tourism.

The agreement also stipulates the exchange of information between the concerned parties, organisation and participation in international events in both countries to promote tourism products, such as annual tourism exhibitions and conferences.

Moreover, the two sides discussed the possibility of organising regular trips between Egypt and Bulgaria to promote tourism to Egypt.

For her part, the Bulgarian Minister of Tourism disclosed that she is going to visit Egypt in October, heading a delegation from the Bulgarian tourism sector.

Angelkova announced that her ministry is currently studying the possibility of establishing a town twining between Egypt’s Alexandria and Bulgaria’s Burgas, assuring that this issue will be discussed later.

The Bulgarian tourism minister expressed her keenness to learn more about the tourist

structural reform programme launched by the Egyptian ministry of tourism to develop and benefit from the tourism sector.

Notably, the Egyptian ministry of tourism launched in last November, a structural reform programme, with the aim of developing the tourism sector.

Egypt’s structural reform programme consists of a five-pillar strategy which focuses on institutional and legislative reforms, ramping up tourism promotion campaigns, developing tourism infrastructure, and re-branding Egyptian tourism to come in line with global trends.

Following the signing, Al-Mashat referred to the new aviation incentive programme launched by the ministry and its role in pushing more tourist inflows to Egypt.

In this regard, the Bulgarian minister of tourism stressed the importance of this programme in increasing the tourist inflows, expressing her country’s desire to benefit from Egypt’s experience in this field.

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Ukraine ranks 2nd in top 10 tourism exporters to Egypt in 2018: Al-Mashat https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/29/ukraine-ranks-2nd-in-top-10-tourism-exporters-to-egypt-in-2018-al-mashat/ Tue, 28 May 2019 22:01:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699373 Furthermore, the minister spoke about the Ukrainian market and its importance to the Egyptian tourism as one of the most important and most developed markets for Egypt.

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Ukraine came in second place in the list of top 10 exporters of tourism to Egypt in 2018, according to Minister of Tourism, Rania AL-Mashat.

During 2018, the number of tourists coming to Egypt reached 11.346 million, who spent 121.497 million tourist nights, according to a statistic on the tourism movement to Egypt issued by Economic Strategist at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and professor of macroeconomics and tourism economics at the University of Frankfurt, Said El-Batouty.

The European market is at the forefront of exporting tourism to Egypt with 6.947 million tourists, and the German market recorded the highest growth in the European market, where the number of tourists amounted to 1.707 million German tourists, followed by the Ukrainian market, in which the number of tourists amounted to 1.174 million tourists.

Furthermore, the minister spoke about the Ukrainian market and its importance to the Egyptian tourism as one of the most important and most developed markets for Egypt.

AL-Mashat’s remarks came during her meeting with the Ukrainian ambassador to Egypt, Yevhen Mykytenko in Cairo.

During the meeting the two sides discussed cooperation aspects between both countries in the field of tourism, with the aim of boosting tourism between  Ukraine and Egypt.

For his part, the ambassador pointed out that Egypt is considered one of the most important countries for the Ukrainian tourist.

The ambassador invited Al-Mashat to visit  Ukraine to hold an Egyptian-Ukrainian tourism meeting for affairs with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine who is responsible for the tourism file, in addition to holding a series of meetings with Ukrainian senior officials to boost the tourism movement between the two countries.

In that context, the minister stressed her readiness to visit Ukraine and her keenness to meet the Ukrainian side and listen to their proposals to increase the tourism movement between the two countries.


Furthermore, the ambassador also presented a proposal for cooperation through the implementation of a joint technical project to draw artistic designs on large buildings in the main streets by Egyptian and Ukrainian artists, similar to the project in the Ukraine, which was admired by the tourists.


Al-Mashat welcomed this idea and discussed the possibility of implementing it, explaining that this idea is in line with the ministry’s
People to People (P2P) campaign, which portrays Egypt not only as a prime touristic destination, but will also shed light on the diversity of the Egyptian people by showcasing Egyptians who master various disciplines which include art, sports, music, and culinary activities.

In addition, on one hand, the P2P campaign intends to shift tourists’ perception, and encourages community engagement on the other hand.

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Stability, promotion campaigns have revived tourism in Egypt: UNWTO https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/27/stability-promotion-campaigns-have-revived-tourism-in-egypt-unwto/ Mon, 27 May 2019 20:03:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699279 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 over Sinai in late October 2015 and all its passengers were killed.

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The growing stability in Egypt and the recent government campaigns to boost tourism movement in Egypt revived both the hotel and tourism sectors, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

It added in its report on the tourism movement in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 that the Egyptian government exerted considerable efforts to enhance the tourism sector and to attract visitors from Asia and Latin America, which are considered high-spending markets.

In November, the Egyptian ministry of tourism launched a structural reform programme which included different pillars, such as institutional and legislative reforms, promotion, and marketing activities, infrastructural and tourism development, and a global trends programme.

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 over Sinai in late October 2015 and all its passengers were killed.

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.

Since 2018 the sector began to recover, as Egypt is a country strategically located on both the Mediterranean and Red seas, with incredible gorgeous sandy beaches, astonishing landscapes, a warm winter climate, and, undoubtedly the world’s largest collection of historical sites, temples, pyramids, and artefacts.

In that respect, the report disclosed that Egypt’s tourism achieved an increasingly strong recovery in 2018, with a growth rate of 49%.

Meanwhile, the UNWTO noted that Africa’s key performance measures in Q1 of 2019 have increased, but with clear differences between the countries of North Africa, including Egypt, which showed robust growth across all metrics.

“Africa recorded a 4% rise in February in the number of hotels under construction, and an 82% increase in hotels in the final planning phase,” according to the report.

Concerning growth rates, the report disclosed that the Middle East region continued to grow in Q1 of 2019 with growth rate of 8%, followed by Asia with 6% growth.

Then came Europe and Africa in third place in terms of the growth rates with 4%, followed by the Americas with 3%.

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Alexandria tops MENA’s ADR growth with 27% in Q1 of 2019 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/27/alexandria-tops-menas-adr-growth-with-27-in-q1-of-2019/ Mon, 27 May 2019 11:51:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=699132 Sharjah achieves 11% increase in hotel supply, followed by Riyadh, Alexandria, Amman with 18%, 6.7%, 6%, respectively

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The Mediterranean city of Alexandria is the stand out market in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hotels in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, with a 10% growth in occupancy and 27% growth in average daily rate (ADR), according to Colliers International’s MENA quarterly review report issued on Sunday.

In the second spot came Abu Dhabi with an 11% increase in ADR in 2019, an improvement compared to the same periods in 2017 and 2018.

Regarding Egypt’s overall performance, Colliers believes that positive performance in the Egyptian market has resulted in renewed investor confidence, evidenced by the announcement of new hotel projects, such as Steigenberger and Rixos.

Furthermore, the report indicates that the coastal cities have started the year with a strong performance,

experiencing double digit improvements in occupancy and ADR over the previous year.

Therefore, Colliers concluded that the Egyptian hotel market continues to improve with the return of key international markets and a growing regional demand from MENA markets.

“The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations returns to Egypt, and is expected to attract an estimated 50,000 tourists in returning international market, 2019 is expected to be another year of positive hotel performance,” the report adds.

In regards to Egypt’s North Coast, the report cites increased domestic tourism demand over the

last four years, and is expected to improve its occupancy by 5% and the ADR by 17% in 2019.

Moving back to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the report indicates that with the anticipated opening of Yas Bay Arena and Clymb (indoor skydiving and wall climbing centre) in 2019, Abu Dhabi is expecting to boost its leisure and sports tourism available offerings.

On the other hand, Dubai witnessed the opening of two luxury properties in Q1 of 2019, namely the W Dubai and the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Beach, taking the total of newly opened keys to 1,626. Sharjah (219 keys) and Abu Dhabi (113 keys) opened one property each during the same period.

The report indicates that with the exception of Abu Dhabi-which saw a 11% increase in ADR-experienced rate compression and a level all other markets in the UAE dropped in occupancy in Q1 of 2019. AFC Asian Cup, hosted in the UAE at the beginning of 2019, was a catalyst for the impressive ADR levels achieved by the hotels in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE is expected to witness the opening of an additional 6,500 hotel keys by the end of the year.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia’s Dammam and Khobar experienced an improvement in occupancy of 11% in Q1 of 2019, building on the 2018 performance.

“This trend is expected to continue throughout the year. The Riyadh hotel market has increased by approximately 2,100 keys between Q1 of 2018 and 2019, placing increased competitive pressure on rates,” said the report.

Diversely, for Kuwait City, Bahrain’s Manama, Oman’s Muscat, and Jordan’s Amman, the report indicates that of Q1 of 2019, all of the respective markets, with exception of Manama, registered a decline in y-o-y in revenues per available room (RevPAR).

Furthermore, according to the report in the period between Q1 of 2018 and Q1 of 2019, over 800 keys entered into the respective markets. This resulted in a 4% y-o-y increase in supply. Of note, in Q1 of 2019, the confirmed openings were the Hilton Garden Inn in Muscat (232 keys) and the Hyatt Regency in Kuwait City (200 keys).

Returning international visitation to key Jordanian markets in 2019 looks to be a watershed moment for tourism in Jordan. Petra, a key attraction in Jordan, is expected to receive a record number of visitors in 2019.

Other key highlights mentioned in the report include that Alphabet has released its latest product, addressing the hospitality industry with the roll out of the Google Hotels.  The platform provides multiple price points akin to established metasearch engines such as Trivago. From a hotelier’s perspective, this may increase the portion of direct bookings a property receives. However, the report indicates that the hotels are more exposed to location and price shopping behaviour by guests.

Additionally, the report cites that more lifestyle brands are to enter the Saudi Arabian market such as Canopy by Hilton and Voco by IHG.

These brands aim to capture the growing millennial demographic, which is expected to become the largest source of hotel demand globally in the next decade.

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Forgotten sites in El Gamaleya District https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/21/forgotten-sites-in-el-gamaleya-district/ Tue, 21 May 2019 11:00:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698643 Visitors have to inter into El Gamaleya district through Bab El-Nasr gate, and on the right side after entering, people see Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay.

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El Gamaleya District is one of the main historical areas in Cairo. This area has traces of Islamic civilisation from the Mamluk era. Although this area has many historical sites, however El Gamaleya district is best known only for Al-Mu’izz street–yet there are many forgotten places in this district.

It is said that El Gamaleya is named after prince “Jamal al-Din Mahmud al-Istdar” due to the school built by him in 1409 AH. That school was one of the greatest schools in Cairo. Al-Istdar  was a Mamluk prince from the reign of the Burji Mamluks. The Burji dynasty was a Circassian Mamluk dynasty which ruled Egypt, in the Mamluk Sultanate.

Visitors have to inter into El Gamaleya district through Bab El-Nasr gate, and on the right side after entering, people see Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay.

Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay

The Wakala was an inn built by Sultan Qaytbay in 1481 AH, and it was called the dishisha inn which translated into English is crushed corn or barley. People named the inn dishisha because after the pilgrimage season, Qaytbay built the inn and decided that with all the profits, he would buy crushed corn or barley and distribute it to the poor.

Khanaqah Baybars al-Jashankir and the worst months for Egypt

Baybars al-Jashankir was a Circassian Mamluk of Sultan Qalawun. Baybars’s name is a Turkish-Mongolian name, which stands for cosen by the Lord, and his title was al-Jashankir which described his job in Persian, as Jashnkir means food connoisseur, He was the Mamluk prince who tastes the sultan’s food to make sure it is not poisoned.

Al-Jashankir ruled Egypt in 1308 AH for a period of nine months, which were the worst months for Egypt. Nile flooding had declined, leading to lack of planting due therefore non-existent taxes. The Khanaqah is equal to the university nowadays. The Khanaqah was described as the most beautiful Khanaqah in Cairo. The Khanaqah and the golden Quran which currently located in England are the only archaeological monuments left by the Sultan Baybars. The Khanaqah had a kitchen which distributed on a daily basis meat, rice, bread, and sweets to the Sufis and the poor living there.

Bayt Al-Suhaymi and marriage proposal

This place has a different story, it is said that in the house, there is a Mashrabiya overlooking the courtyard of the house and when a groom comes to propose to one of the girls in this house, she will look at him from the Mashrabiya and if she accepts his proposal she will throw her handkerchief as a sign of approval.

The house is an old Ottoman era house, built by Abdel Wahab el Tablawy in 1648.

Wekalet Bazaraa, is the reason why coffee is associated with Egyptian funerals

Wekalet Bazaraa was built in Egypt during Ottoman era in the 17th century by Hassan Kutkhda. This Wekala was for selling wood. Then Muhammad Bazaraa bought Wekalet Kikhya, Bazaraa was a coffee merchant, so he dedicated it for the sale of Nabulsi soap and Yemeni coffee.

At that time, people loved coffee and drank it in excess, which made scholars issue a fatwa prohibiting coffee.

The traders demonstrated against the judge, and many traders died during the clashes between the judge and the merchants. So, the ruler changed the judge who permitted drinking coffee so people drank coffee during the funeral of the traders. From here on Egyptians got used to drinking coffee in funerals.

The seat of Prince Mamay al-Sifi or Bayt el Aady, the judge’s house

The seat is part of the palace of Prince Mamay al-Sifi, which was built in 1469 AH. The prince was responsible for the army’s weapons in Sultan Qaytbay region.

The length of the seat is 32m and the ceiling height is 1,120m. The prince used to sit in this place to watch the military parade.

Then the seat was named after the judge’s house because it became the judges’ headquarters during the period of the French occupation.

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Egypt ranks 4th among top nationalities visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/18/egypt-ranks-4th-among-top-nationalities-visiting-saudi-arabia-for-umrah/ Sat, 18 May 2019 21:47:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698382 The ministry revealed that the Saudi Arabia’s Umrah index monitored 7.2m visa issuances until last Thursday, bringing the total number of arrivals to 6.6 million pilgrims.

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Egypt ranked fourth in terms of the world’s top nationalities that visit Saudi Arabia last week to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage), estimated at 510,119 pilgrims until 11 Ramadan (16 May), according to the cumulative statistics of the weekly Umrah Index of the ministry of hajj and umrah in Saudi Arabia.

As the holy month of Ramadan is the month of purifying the soul and body, many Muslims across the world prefer to perform Umrah during Ramadan, as it is considered equal to the Hajj (greater pilgrimage) in reward, which makes this month a high season for Umrah.

The ministry revealed that the Saudi Arabia’s Umrah index monitored 7.2m visa issuances until last Thursday, bringing the total number of arrivals to 6.6 million pilgrims.

It disclosed that Pakistan is still the top Umrah pilgrims, with 1.454 million pilgrims, followed by Indonesia with 922,018 Umrah pilgrims.

“Meanwhile, India ranked third in terms of the top nationalities which visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah with 621,742 pilgrims,” according to the ministry’s index.

Furthermore, in the fifth place comes Algeria with 325,744 Umrah pilgrims, while in the sixth place comes Yemen with 305,264 Umrah performers, followed by Turkey with 296,802, and then Malaysia with 265,924 Umrah performers.

Finally, Iraq ranked ninth with 250,780 Umrah pilgrims, followed by Jordan with 184,110 pilgrims.

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Egyptian museums’ revenues increase by 70.5% in 2018: CAPMAS https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/18/egyptian-museums-revenues-increase-by-70-5-in-2018-capmas/ Sat, 18 May 2019 21:45:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698328 On the occasion of International Museums Day, CAPMAS said on Saturday that the number of Egyptian museums declined to 34 museums in 2018, down from 35 in 2017.

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Egypt’s historical sites and museums generated about EGP 169.02m in revenue last year, compared to EGP 99.13m in 2017, an increase of 70.5%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

On the occasion of International Museums Day, CAPMAS said on Saturday that the number of Egyptian museums declined to 34 museums in 2018, down from 35 in 2017.

The International Museums Day was adopted by the International Council of Museums since 1977 and is observed on 18 May every year.

This celebration aims to enhance the relationship between museum and the community, with a belief that the museum is not just a building to preserve treasures of historical and cultural heritage, but has become an important scientific centre which contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and science, especially in the most developed countries.

This year celebration is under the slogan of “Museums as Cultural Hubs…the Future of Tradition.”

The CAPMAS also disclosed in its press release that the number of visitors for the historical sites and museums in Egypt recorded 2.845 million people in 2018, up from 2.361 million in 2017, an increase of 20.5%.

In all likelihood, the museums’ revenues are expected to further increase in 2020 after the anticipated inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which will be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world, and will attract many tourists from around the world, featuring a total of 100,000 artefacts that are being restored to be displayed in the museum.

GEM is built on an area of 117 feddan, and its construction began in May 2005. It will include 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artefact restoration centre in the world.

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Italian tourists to Egypt grow by 40% in 2019: Al-Mashat https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/05/14/italian-tourists-to-egypt-grow-by-40-in-2019-al-mashat/ Tue, 14 May 2019 19:20:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698142 The number of Italian tourists to Egypt this year increased by 40%, in comparison to 2018, the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said on Monday, however she did not reveal the exact number of Italian tourists in 2019. Al-Mashat received a media delegation from Italy on Saturday, following a conference organised by the ministry to …

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The number of Italian tourists to Egypt this year increased by 40%, in comparison to 2018, the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said on Monday, however she did not reveal the exact number of Italian tourists in 2019.

Al-Mashat received a media delegation from Italy on Saturday, following a conference organised by the ministry to announce the launch of the second series of a documentary produced by the Italian media group MediaSet on ancient Egypt.

During her meeting with the Italian media delegation, the minister said the political stability in Egypt has contributed toward increasing the tourist inflows to Egypt from all over the world, especially from Italy.

Al-Mashat referred to the depth of Egyptian-Italian relations, and the presence of a lot of Italian investment projects in Egypt and vice versa.

“For Italy, Egypt is one of the most important strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa region at all levels, as one of the most attractive countries to invest in, in the Euro-Mediterranean region,” according to the State Information Service.

“Italian tourists are interested in beach tourism, and they are increasingly interested in Egyptian cultural tourism,” the minister disclosed.

The minister’s meeting came two days after the conference organised by the ministry of tourism to announce the launch of the new season of a documentary series produced by the largest media group in Italy named Mediaset, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, which aims to present the secrets of ancient Egyptian civilisation.

The minister of tourism noted that for the first time the ministry established an integrated programme of structural reform, launched last November, in order to develop the Egyptian tourism sector, which is based on promoting tourism to Egypt.

Furthermore, Al-Mashat assured that the ministry’s new strategy depends on using modern technology, and modernising the means of promoting tourism to Egypt.

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