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Hilton to open second Alexandria hotel

Hilton to open second Alexandria hotel | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ Middle East recently announced the opening of a newly renovated and refurbished Alexandria hotel, boasting a total of 158 rooms.

This new branch is Hilton’s 19th establishment in Egypt, and its second in Alexandria.

Luxury services provided in the hotel include water fountains and a number of restaurants, new floors and tiling, refurbished beds and furniture in guest rooms, in addition to free Wi-Fi internet located all throughout the hotel. The hotel’s newly refurbished King’s floor was also re-structured in traditional Baroque style architecture.

 

Daily news Egypt

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/26/hilton-to-open-second-alexandria-hotel/

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Cairo hotel comes under attack as Egypt unrest continues

Cairo hotel comes under attack as Egypt unrest continues | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil rushed to visit a five-star hotel nearTahrir Squareto assuage a panic-stricken hospitality industry after an attack by armed assailants shook the staff and prompted guests to rush out of the chaos-hit area.

 

The Semiramis Intercontinental in centralCairocame under attack overnight when masked assailants forced their way inside, ransacked and looted the lobby even as anti government protesters were clashing with security forces outside.

 

The hotel sent panic SOS calls on its Twitter account, seeking help, after which local civilians and groups of protesters came to its aid and held the trouble makers.

 

Reports in the local Al Ahram and Egyptian Independent said the incident prompted many visitors to check out of the hotel.

"EMERGENCY! WE ARE UNDER ATTACK! SEVERAL THUGS HAVE ENTERED THE SEMIRAMIS! SEND HELP," hotel employees pleaded via the official hotel account on Twitter.

"SOS If anyone knows anyone in #Military #Police #Government, please send help! Thugs in Lobby," they said.

 

Local civilians and batches of anti-government protesters came to the aid of the panic-stricken staff and guests and held the assailants before handing them over to police.

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The inside of the hotel reception was left gutted, broken glass and rocks were strewn across the floor and outside the main gates, said a report in Al Ahram.

An executive at the hotel was quoted as telling reporters that more than 45 clients insisted on leaving despite the hotel's offer to relocate them to higher floors. He said guests at other neighbouring hotels also followed suit.

He also demanded compensation from the Ministry of Tourism for the losses sustained by hotels over the past few days, and warned that tourists would take home negative reports about the country.

Ever sinceEgyptobserved the second anniversary of its uprising on January 25, clashes have been witnessed inCairoand several other provinces. Unrest intensified after a court inPort Saidsentenced 21 football fans to death for their role in a post match violence.

 

The demonstrations have turned into protests against President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling regime.

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Downtown Cairo hotel occupancy drops to 14%

Attacks on hotels in downtown Cairo, mostly notably the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel near Tahrir Square, have caused a drop in occupancy in neighbouring hotels from 80% to 14%, the Egypt Independent reported Wednesday (March 6th).

Travel agencies are now advertising a package that takes tourists around Taba, Luxor and Aswan but skips Cairo, an official from the Federation of Tourism Chambers said.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Tourism Ministry is taking steps to provide more road safety for tourists through a centre that tracks the movement of tourist buses, the newspaper said.

Earlier in the week, unrest near downtown Cairo simmered in an area where there are at least three hotels. Protesters damaged the exterior of the Semiramis during clashes with the police Tuesday. (al-Shorfa)

http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/meii/newsbriefs/2013/03/07/newsbrief-08
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Hôtellerie: La classification NN fait grogner, par Dahlia Farouq

Hôtellerie: La classification NN fait grogner, par Dahlia Farouq | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Le secteur souffre de la chute du nombre de touristes, mais le ministère du Tourisme insiste sur l’application de la norme NN génératrice d’importantes dépenses.
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20 millions de dollars. C’est la perte des hôtels au cours des deux dernières années en raison de la baisse du mouvement touristique en Egypte. Ce secteur se retrouve ainsi en pleine crise en raison des charges. « Il y a les dettes des banques qu’un grand nombre d’investisseurs hôteliers ne pourront pas payer, les factures d’électricité, les versements des assurances sociales. En plus, le ministère du Tourisme insiste sur l’application en ce moment difficile de nouvelles normes de classification pour les établissements hôteliers connus par le système NN, d’ici le mois d’avril prochain », se lamente Tewfiq Kamal, président de la Chambre des hôtels. Il ajoute que les membres de l’assemblée générale de la Chambre sont tous convaincus de l’importance de cette nouvelle classification, préparée il y a plus de deux ans en coopération avec l’Organisation mondiale du tourisme, pour l’amélioration des services et la promotion du tourisme. Mais, selon lui, ce délai de trois mois n’est pas suffisant si l’on prend en considération la situation actuelle du tourisme en Egypte qui souffre d’une crise sans précédent.

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