Newsletter / Travel

Issue, May 2020

7 pillars set for safe operation of hotels when Egypt re-opens

Hotels willing to resume work when the government allows internal tourism in the coming period will have to follow a set of seven pillars for safe operation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Hotel Establishments, set the seven main pillars and explained that the pillars represent an action plan for safe tourism operation through applying a package of precautionary, preventive and sanitary measures at hotels and restaurants.

The plan includes seven axes, to which hotels and tourist facilities have to commit the moment they start hosting the guests and until their departure. The first pillar is the preventive measures at hotels upon receiving guests, in addition to internal supervision on laundry, food and beverages, swimming pools, beaches and gyms.

The measures further include housing, occupancy rate, providing awareness signs, and services to ensure a safe working environment to prevent the spread of the virus.

Hisham el-Shaer, a member of the Hotel Establishments Chamber, said that great preparations are taking place in order to receive domestic tourism, pointing out that all hotels were sterilized.

“All workers in the field of tourism have been released from quarantine, and those who were infected have recovered and left hospital, and work will resume at tourist facilities in accordance with specific parameters, where all workers should wear gloves and masks,” Shaer added

Ministry of Tourism launches virtual tours to explore Egypt’s history from home

The Egyptian tourism and antiquities ministry is launching virtual tours of some the country’s most famed museums and archaeological sites to allow visitors to view the country’s ancient heritage from home.

The guided tours, available via the ministry’s website and social media platforms, have the slogan: “Experience Egypt from home. Stay home. Stay safe.”

The initiative is part of the ministry’s efforts to enable people worldwide to explore and enjoy ancient Egyptian civilisation during the coronavirus outbreak.

The virtual tours included tours of the tomb of King Khufu’s granddaughter, Queen Meresankh III , The Coptic Red Monastery in Sohag governorate. El Muez Street’s Sultan Barquq Mosque and a tour of Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo.

Virtual tours for Djoser Pyramid and the Funerary Complex of King Unas were also launched

UNESCO praises Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities e-initiative #ExploreEgyptFromHome

The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO" called on the people of the world to discover the wonderful Egyptian civilization through the e-initiative launched by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities early April, entitled “Explore Egypt From Home”.

UNESCO praised in a tweet the Egyptian initiative, describing it as an important means that contributes to protecting the well-being of citizens, and also breaks down the barriers created by the novel coronavirus, emphasizing that in times of crisis culture is much needed.

Hotels and cruise ships nationwide complete sterilization process

Hotels nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

The process is being conducted in cooperation with the Chamber of Hotel Establishments under the supervision of the Health Ministry.

Sterilization of museums & archaeological sites

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has completed the second and third stages of disinfection of archaeological sites and museums across the country.

Special teams were formed to carry out cleaning and disinfection works every 48 hours. This comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to thoroughly apply the precautionary measures to combat the novel coronavirus, and follow-up to complete disinfection of the various museums and archaeological sites.

It is worth noting that disinfection is carried out in accordance with the international standards and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population.