Newsletter / Travel

Issue, February 2021

CNN names Egypt among top 21 places to go in 2021



A report published by CNN Travel has included Egypt as one among 21 destinations it recommended for travel during the New Year holidays.

The report reviewed a list of 21 tourist destinations it nominated for tourists to visit during the New Year holidays, placing Egypt in fifth rank after Antarctica.

The report noted that the current global conditions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have made travel difficult, but that tourism will return during 2021.

It also said that Egypt contains many significant and unique antiquities, including the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). With its huge area and unusual architectural design, the report noted that its opening is set to be an important event.

The report added that the GEM will display all treasures found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun in one place for the first time, as well as a number of newly discovered coffins that will be transferred from Saqqara. This is in addition to the coffins of Al-Asasif, which were discovered in Luxor in 2019, and a treasure trove of other gems of Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

The Telegraph features Egypt as the perfect destination for a Post-Lockdown Escape

63 floating hotels (Nile Cruises) obtained the hygiene safety certificate

63 floating hotels (Nile Cruises) have obtained the hygiene safety certificate approved by the Ministries of Tourism and Antiquities, Health and Population, and the Chamber of Hotel Establishments after making sure that they met all health safety measures. This comes after the resumption of cultural tourism in Egypt starting last September, and the resumption of floating hotels as of last October.
They all operate with a 50% occupancy rate.
The visitors of these hotels said that the precautionary measures and hygiene safety regulations implemented in the floating hotels and the archeological sites they visited, made them feel safe.

Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh International Airports receive Health Accreditation Seal for Safe Travel

Hurghad and Sharm el Sheikh International Airports received the Health Accreditation Seal for Safe Travel from the Airports Council International (ACI) as part of their Airports Health Accreditation Program.

The airports obtained the accreditation certificate after the ACI evaluated preventive measures applied inside the airport done to maintain the safety of both travelers and airport workers

Sphinx , Alexandria and St.Catherine Airports developed

Sphinx Airport has been developed to accommodate 900 passengers per hour instead of 300. A cargo village has been established at the new airport to serve exporters, as Sphinx Airport strategically lies near roads leading to Upper Egypt and the Delta, so they would not have to go to Cairo Airport.

In Alexandria, Burj al-Arab Airport has been developed to accommodate five million passengers a year and is now in the list of environment-friendly airports.

A car park was established at St. Catherine Airport and its runway has been extended, especially that it lies in a mountainous area, and now accommodates 600 passengers an hour. St. Catherine is a nature reserve and a promising tourist destination.

Ukrainian bloggers visit Luxor and Cairo as part of promoting Egypt’s tourism in Europe

A group of bloggers from Ukraine who have large number of followers on social media have visited Luxor where they enjoyed a tour to Karnak Temple, Al-Kebbash Road, and the complex of mortuary temples, Deir el-Bahari, which is located on the west bank of the Nile.

They concluded their visit with a Nile cruise, where they enjoyed the warm sunny atmosphere, and the picturesque nature of this charming city.

The Ukrainian bloggers’ one-day trip to Luxor came as part of the introductory visit organized by the Ministry of Tourism during the period from January 17 to 24.

Then they returned to Cairo, where they visited the Citadel of Saladin, Giza Pyramids and Saqqara archaeological area, where they toured Djoser Pyramid, the Serapeum of Saqqara and some ancient tombs in Giza.

The Ukrainian bloggers expressed their happiness with the “enjoyable” visit, highlighting the feeling of safety they felt amid strict application of precautionary measures at all hotels, museums and archaeological sites. On the other hand, they documented their visit by taking pictures and publishing them on their social media platforms.



Upgrading tourism services in Beni Hassan



The Beni Hassan archaeological site in Minya received a delegation from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the Netherlands Institute in Cairo. The delegation visited the area, in preparation for developing tourism services as a part of the joint cooperation project between the Ministry and the Institute.

The development project includes placing explanatory and indicative panels about the site, its monuments, the visit path, the hygiene safety regulations and other useful information for visitors, in addition to providing a cafeteria and self-cleaning toilets.

Brochures on the site will be prepared and printed in different languages .

Beni Hassan archaeological area is one of the most important archaeological areas in Minya Governorate. It includes 39 tombs from the Middle Kingdom, four of which are open for visits. They contain murals showing scenes of daily life, sports, acrobatic and rhythmic dances, as well as views of industries such as the textile and gold industry. They also include hunting, sports medicine and veterinary medicine.

New Ras el Hekma city to be international touristic destination

Housing Minister Assem el Gazzar asserted that New Ras el Hekma city will be an international tourist destination that is up to national and regional vision of the Western North Coast zone.

This came in Gazzar's meeting to follow up the implementation of the first stage of New Ras el Hekma city in Marsa Matrouh governorate.

Gazzar urged to swiftly start implementing the developmental projects in the city, adding that the city will be very distinctive in the Western North Coast and will provide major investment and developmental opportunities.