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Egypt's central bank tries to bolster tourism

Egypt's central bank tries to  bolster tourism | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has announced an initiative to boost investment in Egypt's battered tourism sector.

"The banking sector has a 'national' duty to support Egypt's economy and help preserve the tourism sector, which is one of our main sources of foreign currency," the central bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

CBE will provide financing facilities to tourism-related activities, including the construction of hotels and tourist projects, travel agencies and booking services, land transport companies, restaurants and other entertainment activities.

The initiative is directed at performing and non-performing customers, excluding debtors of restructured and disputed loans.

The facilities to be provided by the banks include granting customers a maximum grace period of one year, whereby all pending payments are added to the original loan amount and customers are exempted from late payment fees.

Hotel occupancy rates have dropped by around 25 percent since the Egypt's uprising in early 2011, the tourism ministry has said.

The fall in tourism has damaged the country's public debt levels and is the main cause of the ongoing foreign currency crisis and the fall in currency reserves, the ministry added.

 

http://www.albawaba.com/business/egypt-tourism--477318

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Egypt tourism: climbing back

Egypt tourism: climbing back | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Despite the Arab spring and the toppling of the Mubarak regime, followed by bouts of political and economic crisis, Egypt hasn’t dropped off the tourist map.

In fact, numbers were up sharply in 2012 compared to crisis-hit 2011, although they were still below the pre-revolution days of 2010. Can the country continue to get the tourists back?

First the good news: according to Egypt’s statisitical office, as reported by news agency Mena, tourist visits were at 11.5m, from 9.8m in 2011. In 2010, 14.7m visited the country, so there’s clearly some way to get back to normal.

Egypt’s foreign visitors are a useful source of dollars, with most tourists from western Europe. Tourism receipts were over $12bn in 2010.

But tourist have long had a tricky relationship with Egypt, with the recent hot-air ballooning tragedy being the latest incident. The shooting of tourists in Luxor in 1997 hit the country’s reputation and saw a drop off in visitors the following year; but the proliferation of cheap flights and allure of winter sun for Europeans in resorts such as Sharm el-Sheikh meant that visitor numbers kept climbing, as the chart below shows.

 

However, with awkward timing, the World Economic Forum released a report on Thursday on travel and tourism competitiveness in which Egypt came bottom – 140 out of 140 countries ranked – for safety and security. That wasn’t the only bad news. This from the WEF report:

 

Further, rules and regulations are seen as less conducive to the development of the sector, with a middling rank of 76. Concerns also remain about the state of ground transport infrastructure (96th position), tourism infrastructure (90th), and ICT infrastructure (80th)…(...)

 

In other words: cheap, great heritage, and lots to see – but lots of work to do

 

More on: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2013/03/14/egypt-tourism-uphill-task/#axzz2NXRv24LF

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Egypt tourism rises in 2012, still below pre-revolt level: MENA

Egypt tourism rises in 2012, still below pre-revolt level: MENA | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

CAIRO (Reuters) - The number of tourists visiting Egypt jumped in 2012 after plummeting the previous year, but arrivals have yet to recover to levels seen before a 2011 uprising, state media said on Wednesday.

The number of tourists visiting Egyptjumped in 2012 after plummeting the previous year, but arrivals have yet to recover to levels seen before a 2011 uprising, state media said on Wednesday.

Some 11.5 million travellers came to Egypt last year, up 17 percent from 9.8 million in 2011, the state news agency MENA said, quoting the state statistics agency. Western Europeans were the largest group of visitors, followed by Eastern Europeans and tourists from the Middle East.

A popular revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 plunged the Arab country into two years of political turmoil, scaring off tourists and foreign investors.

Tourism was one of Egypt's most important sources of foreign currency, which it uses to import food and fuel.

About 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, the last full year before the uprising.

Last month, 19 people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed near the ancient Egyptian town of Luxor.

Last week, Bedouin gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula seized and briefly held the country boss of U.S. oil major ExxonMobil and his wife as they were on their way to a Red Sea tourist resort

 

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-tourism-rises-2012-still-below-pre-revolt-072321830--finance.html

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Egypt`s Festivities at ITB Berlin 2013

Egypt`s Festivities at ITB Berlin 2013 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt had established many festivities during its participation at ITB Berlin 2013 that resulted in significant positive reverberations.

During the press conference held under the title “Egypt Moving Forward” the Egyptian Minister signed a contract of intent with representatives of ITB Berlin for hosting “Egyptian Travel Trade Market Powered By ITB” in Sharm El-Sheikh during 2015. Also the Egyptian Minister of Tourism had honored important German figures working in the field of tourism including the head of the Federation of German tour operators, the President of the Federation of German Tourist Economy, and heads of leading tour operators and airlines ( TUI, Thomas, FTI, Schauinsland, REWE, Sun Express, QTA, BTW(

Moreover, during the celebration that occurred at the Egyptian pavilion FTI head had announced the operation of a new tourism program that includes six weekly trips to both Taba and Luxor so that German tourists can enjoy sun and sea tourism in addition to cultural tourism. Also an announcement was made about the publishing of a new book under the title “Love In Luxor” for the famous German writer Kate Pullinger.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and the Group managing director of Soma Bay were awarded the best golf destination according to a survey organized by “Golf Journal” magazine. (Egyptourism)

 

More : http://egyptourism.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/egypts-festivities-at-itb-berlin-2013/

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Egypt branded more dangerous for tourists than Yemen

Egypt branded more dangerous for tourists than Yemen | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
By Atia Abawi and Charlene Gubash, NBC News 

Tourists have long flocked to Egypt to see the pyramids, take a trip up the majestic Nile or relax on one of its many sun-kissed beaches.

But, in a potentially damaging blow to its economy, Egypt has now been ranked below countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Chad for "safety and security" in an influential report on tourism by the World Economic Forum.

It is perhaps little wonder that tourists are spooked — amid ongoing political unrest, Molotov cocktails, gunfire and tear gas have become almost commonplace in some areas.

Two years after the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak,protesters still return to Cairo’s Tahrir Square — where it all began — to demonstrate against the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and lament the country’s failing economy.

Earlier this month, Bedouin gunmen kidnapped a British couple who were on their way to the glittering beaches of Sharm El Sheikh. They were quickly released, but Bedouins have taken other hostages and also attacked police stations and blocked access to towns to show their discontent with what they see as their poor treatment by Cairo.

Last month, thugs attacked and entered the InterContinental hotel in Cairo, forcing it to close down while it implemented heightened security measures.

And there has been also been unrest over death sentences handed out to 21 soccer fans over a deadly riot at a stadium last year.



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Enactment of citizens arrest deals blow to Egyptian tourism

Enactment of citizens arrest deals blow to Egyptian tourism | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's prosecutor-general empowers citizens to make arrests, but a tourism coalition warns this will leave tourists vulnerable.

 

Egypt's Coalition to Support Tourism (CST) condemns the prosecutor-general's decision to allow citizens' arrests announced on Sunday, arguing it raises many worries among tourists.

 

Many tourism agents called the head of the CST, Ehab Moussa in alarm. He told Ahram Online that they wanted to confirm the rumour over what they feel is a strange decision.

The "judiciary policing" (the direct translation for the criminal law) will allow any citizen to arrest someone committing a crime.

Moussa claims that tourists would then be mistreated and blackmailed in Egypt.

"If a tourist rebuffed an Egyptian merchant, refusing to buy something, the merchant might accuse the tourist of spying and arrest him," he said.

 

Several political powers criticised the decision, expecting that it could lead to a civil war in Egypt if citizens are given the right to arrest each other.



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Only Islamist political powers, represented by the Freedom and Justice Party and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, welcomed the decision as an attempt to curb the security deterioration in the country.

Egypt has fallen to the lowest rank out of 140 countries in terms of safety and security, just behind Pakistan, Chad and Yemen, in the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Travel and Tourism (T&T) competitiveness index released last week.

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/66612/Business/Economy/Enactment-of-citizens-arrest-deals-blow-to-Egyptia.aspx

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Egypt's tourist resorts excluded from terrorist warning

Egypt's tourist resorts excluded from terrorist warning | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Foreign Office [UK] has warned against travel to most of the areas surrounding Egypt's tourist resorts.

Egyptian Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior declared a state of 'High Alert' in Sinai on Saturday following reports that Jihadist groups might conduct terrorist attacks against the army and security forces in North and South Sinai

The FCO has advised against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and all but essential travel to the South Sinai region with the exception of the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab.

It has also excluded road travel between these resorts and transfers between the resorts and airports of Taba and Sharm El Sheikh from its warning.

 

http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2005508&c=setreg&region=2

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Egypt, Tunisia Strive to Woo Back Tourists | The Jakarta Globe

Egypt, Tunisia Strive to Woo Back Tourists | The Jakarta Globe | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two years after the Arab Spring uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt are trying to win back holidaymakers in a lifeblood sector for both countries which are gripped by renewed political crisis.

Leading tourism officials from Tunisia and Egypt were keen to stress at the ITB Berlin tourism fair, which closes Sunday, that their destinations are safe and outlined plans for wooing back visitors.

Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou admitted his stated goal to boost the number of tourists back up to almost the pre-Arab Spring level in 2010 of 14.7 million was ambitious given that it fell to 11.5 million last year.

"My target at least is to reach 14 million by the end of 2013. Maybe I have high hopes but I'm working very hard," he told a news conference (...)

 

Nearly 12 million people rely directly or indirectly on the tourism industry in Egypt, where unrest has contributed to a painful economic crisis since 2011 when a popular uprising ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak.

"We are in a political transition. It doesn't mean that we are not going forward. We are a welcoming nation," Zaazou stressed here.

 

To promote Egypt as a tourism destination and counter the image conjured up by international headlines, the minister plans to set up giant screens in European cities projecting live webcam pictures from venues such as the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh or the ancient temple city of Luxor.

"We notice if Egypt is not in the media the figures go back very quickly, meaning that the demand for Egypt is there," Zaazou told AFP but he added that the capital Cairo was particularly suffering.

Another initiative aims to support small businesses reliant on tourism, he said.
"For instance, we have now a programme for the caleche owners to feed the horses because they don't have enough money," Zaazou said adding the scheme would start next month in Luxor.

 

At the end of February Luxor's tourism industry faced a blow when a hot-air balloon crashed killing 19 tourists.

"Once we have the investigation out, we will see the reasons why that happened. And for sure, if there's a technical reason behind it we will avoid it in the future," Zaazou told AFP. (...)

 

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/egypt-tunisia-strive-to-woo-back-tourists/578902





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Law of Necessity? Egypt seeks to bring back Israeli tourists to Sinai

Law of Necessity? Egypt seeks to bring back Israeli tourists to Sinai | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Faced with a dangerous economic crisis, it appears that Egypt’s Islamist rulers have started to apply a powerful principle in Islamic jurisprudence, the "Law of Necessity," which sanctions what is forbidden.


Egypt is desperately trying to attract Israeli tourists back to the Sinai region, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Thursday. This is despite President Mohammed Mursi’s infamous statements (which he said were taken out of context) urging Egyptians to “nurse” their children and grandchildren on the hatred of Zionists and Jews.


Israeli tourists once flocked to Sinai’s beach resorts, but following the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, numbers have dwindled as the security situation has deteriorated.


“Recently, Egypt invited a group of Israeli tour guides, both Arabs and Jews, on a friendly tour to show them Sinai’s attractions,” Channel 2 reported.


Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau issued on March 6 an advisory warning Israelis not to travel to Sinai for the Passover holiday, due to the risk of terrorist attacks. However, some Israelis prefer not to heed those warnings. (Al-Arabiya)

 

More : http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2013/03/08/Law-of-Necessity-Egypt-seeks-to-bring-back-Israeli-tourists-to-Sinai.html

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Egypte: les sites culturels très touchés par la crise politique

Egypte: les sites culturels très touchés par la crise politique | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La crise politique en Egypte touche de plein fouet le tourisme au Caire et dans les sites historiques du delta du Nil, constate le ministre égyptien du Tourisme, Hisham Zaazou, en visite à Berlin.

Q: Quelles sont les conséquences de la crise politique actuelle en Egypte sur le tourisme?

R: Les images de violence à la télévision ont affecté l'industrie touristique. En décembre et janvier, les réservations ont accusé une baisse comprise entre 10 et 15%. Fin janvier, nous avons finalement eu des résultats meilleurs qu'en 2011 (début du printemps arabe, ndlr). Mais nous avions des ambitions bien plus grandes.

Le Caire souffre beaucoup. En 2012, le taux moyen d'occupation des hôtels y était de 30,2%, à Louxor de 17% et à Assouan de 16%. Cela montre que les problèmes au Caire affectent tous les sites culturels du delta du Nil. En revanche, le taux moyen dans les hôtels sur les bords de la Mer Rouge était de 72,4%. Ils s'en sortent, même s'ils ont dû baisser leurs prix.

Q: De nombreux petits entrepreneurs du secteur touristique souffrent cruellement de l'absence de vacanciers. Que comptez-vous faire pour les aider?

R: J'essaye de trouver une solution. Nous tentons de les soutenir. Par exemple, nous avons décidé d'aider les propriétaires de calèches en nourrissant nous mêmes leurs chevaux, car ils n'ont plus d'argent pour le faire. Nous allons commencer le mois prochain à Louxor, puis à Assouan. Concernant les taxes (que certains ne peuvent plus payer, ndlr), nous pouvons reporter le paiement à plus tard. J'y suis favorable et on s'avance dans cette direction.

Q: L'accident de mongolfière à Louxor est-il symptomatique d'une moins grande sécurité en Egypte depuis la crise politique?

R: Cela n'a rien à voir avec la sécurité. Une enquête est en cours. S'il y a eu un problème technique, nous allons y remédier. Mais cela ne nous empêchera pas de voler à nouveau avec des ballons. En Allemagne aussi, il y a eu un accident de mongolfière (le 17 juin 1999, qui avait causé la mort de quatre passagers, ndlr).

 

http://www.lepoint.fr/culture/egypte-les-sites-culturels-tres-touches-par-la-crise-politique-08-03-2013-1637590_3.php

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Two Britons ‘freed in Egypt’s Sinai after kidnap’

Two Britons ‘freed in Egypt’s Sinai after kidnap’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two Britons were kidnapped on Thursday by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt’s Sinai but released soon afterwards following negotiations with security officials, police chief Magdi Mussa told AFP.

“They have been released and are heading back to their place of accommodation,” Mussa said.

The release follows “intense negotiations” between the kidnappers and security officials, he said.

The British husband and wife were kidnapped from a bank in a town as they headed towards the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the official said.

The kidnappers told reporters they were demanding the release of four people held over arms trafficking. (Daily news Egypt)

 

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Tribesmen kidnap two UK tourists in Egypt's Sinai -sources

Gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula kidnapped two British tourists on their way to a beach resort, security and tribal sources said on Thursday.

Security in the isolated desert region has deteriorated since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising two years ago. Tourists kidnapped in similar circumstances last year were released unharmed.

 

The Britons were riding in a private car from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh, a popular tourist resort, when they were stopped by the gunmen, the sources said.

 

The kidnappers were demanding the release of four prisoners held in Alexandria on charges of arms smuggling, the sources added. South Sinai's Red Sea coast is a major tourism hub for Egypt.

 

This text is from Reuters

 

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Un couple de Britanniques a été enlevé jeudi par des Bédouins dans la péninsule égyptienne du Sinaï, a annoncé un responsable de la sécurité.

Les deux Britanniques ont été enlevés devant une banque où ils venaient de changer de l'argent, alors qu'ils se dirigeaient vers la station balnéaire de Charm el-Cheikh, selon lui. Les ravisseurs ont indiqué à la presse qu'ils réclamaient la libération de quatre personnes arrêtées pour trafic d'armes. (Romandie)

http://www.romandie.com/news/n/_ALERTE___Egypte_deux_Britanniques_enleves_dans_le_Sinai_par_des_Bedouins40070320131417.asp

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Tourism in the news: € 1.8m grant given to Egypt's Hotels Chamber to support environmental management systems program

Tourism in the news: € 1.8m grant given to Egypt's Hotels Chamber to support environmental management systems program | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Hotels Chamber recently received a €1.8m grant from the European Union as part of the latter’s pledge to fund its Environmental Management Systems and Sustainable Tourism Program for hotel facilities and resorts in the Mediterranean Sea basin.

Hala Khatib, general secretary of the Hotels Chamber, said the grant will be used to train workers and prepare them to work and operate in environmentally certified hotels. The program is scheduled to end by the beginning of 2015.

She added the project sought to provide 30 Egyptian hotels with the necessary training required to be environmentally certified according to European standards, which, according to her, would help improve the quality and services of Egyptian tourist facilities.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said that environmentally friendly hotel and resort facilities are the future of Egypt’s tourist sector. He added that environmental tourism was increasing worldwide, currently making up 4% of the world’s total market.

Nashwi Talaat, executive director of the Ministry of Tourism’s Environmental Unit, said green tourism would bring in increased revenues, adding that a number of hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh are currently being equipped to be environmentally friendly at an estimated cost of EGP 1.3bn. These projects are expected to be completed by 2020.

According to recent statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism, the average costs for a stay in a certified environmentally friendly hotel is $100 per night, whereas stays in non-certified hotels average $75 per night.

 

More on: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/07/tourism-in-the-news-e-1-8m-grant-given-to-egypts-hotels-chamber-to-support-environmental-management-systems-program/

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Le tourisme égyptien reprend des couleurs

Le tourisme égyptien reprend des couleurs | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le secteur touristique égyptien semble sortir de sa léthargie en dépit de la situation actuelle dans le pays. D’après les chiffres officiels, le nombre de touristes que l’Égypte a reçu en 2012 a connu une hausse de 17,1 %. Le bureau égyptien des statistiques, dans un communiqué, a révélé que quelque 11,5 millions de touristes ont visité le pays en 2012 contre 9,8 millions en 2011. La majorité des touristes sont venus de l’Europe occidentale, de l’Europe de l’Est et du Moyen-Orient, a précisé la même source.  Ce secteur, qui représente 11% du PIB (Produit Intérieur Brut) de l’Égypte, est en panne depuis la révolution de 2011, qui a renversé le régime de Hosni Moubarak. L’instabilité politique due aux mouvements de contestation du pouvoir en place a engendré une insécurité, qui a fait fuir les touristes. Cette hausse de 17,1% est une bonne nouvelle pour l’économie du pays même si des efforts restent à faire pour que le secteur puisse retrouver le moral. En 2010, par exemple, l’Égypte avait accueilli 14,7 millions de touristes, équivalant à 13 milliards de dollars.  Par ailleurs, le Caire vient de refuser un prêt d’urgence du FMI, qui était censé financer les réformes structurelles de son économie. Les autorités égyptiennes ont jugé ce prêt de 750 millions de dollars « trop minime » comparativement à l’enveloppe de 4,8 milliards de dollars qu’elles avaient réclamée. « Nous avons fait ce qu’on attendait de nous en termes de programme de réforme économique et social. Il est de notre droit, en tant que nation souveraine et en tant que pays membre du FMI de recevoir 300 % de notre quota soit 4,8 milliards de dollars », a déclaré le ministre des Finances égyptien, Al Morsi al Sayed Hegazy. Selon des sources proche du dossier, 14,5 milliards de dollars seraient nécessaires pour financer le programme de réformes basé notamment sur la réduction des subventions à l’énergie, l’augmentation des recettes fiscales et la relance des projets d’infrastructures. (Le Soir)


http://www.lesoir-echos.com/le-tourisme-egyptien-reprend-des-couleurs/actualites-2/monde/68809/

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Egypt ranks 85th in tourism and last in security

Egypt ranks 85th in tourism and last in security | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A World Economic Forum report that includes 140 countries has revealed that Egypt is ranked 85th in terms of “Travel and Tourism” while occupying last place in terms of security.

The report shows that Egypt fell by 10 places from 2011 to 2013, suggesting that the fall may have been affected by the political instability that has swept the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. 

Being among the 10 most countries with traffic accidents and impacts on business due to crime and violence, Egypt was ranked to have the worst security record. 

Rankings included rules and regulations, tourism infrastructure, environmental sustainability, safety, health and cultural resources. 

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization based in  Genève with annual meetings in Davos that are attended by official representatives from all countries.

 

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Egypte : Le nombre de touristes affiche une hausse de 17,1% en 2012

Egypte : Le nombre de touristes affiche une hausse de 17,1% en 2012 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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(Xinhua)


Le nombre de touristes que l'Egypte avait reçu en 2012 a connu une hausse de 17,1% , a annoncé mecredi le bureau égyptien des statistiques dans un communiqué.

Quelque 11,5 millions de touristes ont visité l'Egypte en 2012 contre 9,8 millions en 2011, où la révolution a renversé le régime de Hosni Moubarak, indique le communiqué, rappelant que l'Egypte a accueilli 14,7 millions de touristes en 2010.

La majorité des touristes sont venus de l'Europe occidentale, de l'Europe de l'est et du Moyen-Orient, précise le communiqué.

L'Egypte a accueili 2,3 millions de touristes arabes en 2012, soit une hausse de 26% par rapport à 2011.

Le tourisme représente 11% du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de l'Egypte et fournit des emplois à environ trois millions de personnes, soit un huitième de la population égyptienne.

Le tourisme a rapporté 13 milliards de dollars à l'Egypte en 2010, un chffre jamais atteint depuis la révolution de 2011.


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Salon du Tourisme de Berlin : Les islamistes se veulent rassurants

Les partis islamistes rassurent les professionnels du tourisme. Divers représentants politiques ont accompagné la délégation égyptienne au Salon du tourisme ITB de Berlin. Des représentants des Frères musulmans et des salafistes d’Al-Nour ont notamment fait le déplacement.  

 

La délégation égyptienne qui a participé à l’ITB Berlin n’était pas restreinte aux professionnels du tourisme. Des membres du Conseil consultatif et des représentants des différents partis égyptiens, notamment ceux islamistes de Liberté et justice et d’Al-Nour en plus d’un représentant du parti libé­ral néo-Wafd ont également participé au Salon. « Cette délégation composée davantage d’hommes politiques que de professionnels du tourisme a eu pour objectif principal de rassurer tant les tou­ristes que les tour-opérateurs concernant les orientations des partis islamistes sur les libertés accordées aux touristes en Egypte, et ce, surtout après les rumeurs répandues dans les médias continuellement », explique le ministre du Tourisme. Il a précisé que tout le monde en Egypte est conscient de l’importance du tourisme comme secteur crucial de l’économie égyptienne. Ce sec­teur contribue à l’économie du pays à hauteur de 11,6 % du PNB, et constitue un apport de 19 % du total des entrées en devises étrangères. Tareq Al-Sahri, vice-président du Conseil consultatif, a ajouté que tous les Egyptiens respectent les tou­ristes et que personne ne peut porter atteinte à leurs libertés.

 

(Daia Farouq / Al-Ahram Hebdo)

 

Plus : http://hebdo.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/965/32/97/1927/Salon-du-Tourisme-de-Berlin--Les-islamistes-se-veu.aspx

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If only the Sphinx could speak

If only the Sphinx could speak | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

It all started a few months ago when a self-confessed jihadist, who had fought in Afghanistan, called for the destruction of the Pharaonic monuments, including the Pyramids, allegedly for being idols proscribed in Islam.

Other militant Islamists have since appeared on popular religious television channels, arguing that the Pharaonic relics are un-Islamic and deserving of contempt.

The other day, one radical preacher advised that a gold statue should be cut into pieces then being sold. "But if this statue were made of wood or stone, it should be completely destroyed," he said. 

Another claimed that when the Arabs introduced Islam into Egypt in the seventh century, they did not destroy the Pharaonic monuments because these relics were buried beneath the sand and had yet to be unearthed!

The campaign against Egypt’s priceless treasures comes amid the national tourism industry’s terrible crisis, caused by the street unrest and the political turmoil, which have been gripping the country for months. 

Tourism, a key foreign currency earner, is believed to have lost around $2.5 billion in the past two years. With tourism moribund, Egyptians' attention has recently been struck by reports claiming that an unidentified man from the oil-rich Arab Gulf has suggested that the Finance Ministry lease the nation's major archaeological attractions for $200 billion. 

 

The Sphinx, the Giza Pyramids and Karnak Temple in Luxor were singled out for the outrageous proposal. 

   Instead of dismissing the suggestion as an affront to the nation’s dignity, the Finance Ministry, as documents published in an independent newspaper showed, referred it to the Ministry of Antiquities for consideration. The latter turned down the proposal. 


The Cabinet denied in a statement any intention to lease Egypt's antiquities, stressing they are part of our cultural heritage.

Detractors of the Islamist-backed Government claim that the leak of the proposed offer to the media has embarrassed the authorities and forced them to drop it. However, these critics believe that, with the continued plummeting in Egypt's foreign currency reserves, the Government may accept a similar offer in the near future.

  

Egypt-actus's insight:

Cynics say the figure, proposed by the anonymous would-be lessee, is reminiscent of the $200 billion, which Mohamed Morsi promised – during his campaign last year for the country's top post – would be pumped into the public coffers, if elected.  

Our Pharaonic ancestors must be turning in their graves because of the dangers and grim future haunting their legacy.

 

 

http://213.158.162.45/~egyptian/index.php?action=news&id=28872&title=If+only+the+Sphinx+could+speak


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Tourism Minister: Egyptian tourism product on demand

Tourism Minister: Egyptian tourism product on demand | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said that Egypt was able to achieve its goals, which are topped by increasing the demand on Egyptian tourism product regardless of current incidents.

This came during the minister’s participation in the International Tourism Bourse in Berlin (ITB), which ended its activities on Sunday.

He pointed out that all tour operators said that as soon as disappearance of the current incidents from media programs and shows a bulk of reservations will head to Egypt, especially the German tourists.

 

It is projected that the number of tourists could increase by the end of the year to reach 2 million German tourists.

Zazou added that German Airlines Lufthansa expressed its interest to operate new direct flights from a number of German cities to Luxor.

 

http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/175221.html

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Antiquities ministry to renovate Al-Muizz Street

Antiquities ministry to renovate Al-Muizz Street | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

State Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced that a special committee was formed on Sunday morning to prepare for the launch of a bid to grant private companies the rights to renovate and restore the historical Al-Muizz Li Din-Allah Al-Fatimi Street located in Cairo.

The bid would competitively select companies working within the sector to repair the street’s lighting and electrical grid, in addition to constructing hydraulic barriers to prevent cars from entering the area.

He added that the project came as part of a plan launched by the Ministry to convert the street into an ‘open air museum’ that would be easily navigable for pedestrians, in the hope that this would help attract larger numbers of visitors and tourists.

 

After the outbreak of the 25 January Revolution, the street was targeted by a number of looters who destroyed infrastructure and stole a series of lamps and lighting units. The outbreak of looting temporarily postponed implementation of the project’s first stage, which had initially been proposed before the revolution.


 

Mohamed Abd Al-Aziz, project director for the renovation of Old Cairo, said that 33 separate artifacts on the street had been successfully renovated before the revolution, in addition to the surrounding area.

He added that contracts had already been signed with Egypt’s Sound and Lighting Company, who had begun within the last several weeks to repair a number of the streets lighting units and electric vehicles.

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/10/antiquities-ministry-to-renovate-al-muizz-street/

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Egypte : Les touristes israéliens se font trop rares

Egypte : Les touristes israéliens se font trop rares | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le ministère égyptien du tourisme se désole de ne plus voir ces milliers de touristes israéliens qui visitaient autrefois le Sinaï. Aujourd’hui ils sont de moins en moins nombreux à franchir le poste frontière de Taba pour aller profiter des plages ensoleillées en toute saison de Dahab , Nuweiba, ou Sharm-el-Sheikh.

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Printemps arabe : le tourisme tente de relever la tête en Égypte et Tunisie

Printemps arabe : le tourisme tente de relever la tête en Égypte et Tunisie | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

(AFP, via Droit-Finances) - Deux ans après les révolutions dans le monde arabe, l'industrie touristique tente toujours de relever la tête en Égypte et en Tunisie, deux pays qui ont tenté de rassurer cette semaine au salon du tourisme de Berlin.

"Nous pouvons arriver à atteindre presque le même nombre de touristes qu'en 2010 (avant le printemps arabe, ndlr), soit 14,7 millions. Mon but est d'atteindre au moins les 14 millions à la fin de 2013", a déclaré le ministre égyptien du Tourisme, Hisham Zaazou. Il a reconnu que l'objectif était ambitieux après les 11,5 millions de 2012. 
La Tunisie envisage aussi de revenir cette année au niveau de fréquentation de 2010, "c'est-à-dire atteindre les sept millions de touristes fin 2013, comme il y a trois ans, contre six millions actuellement", a indiqué Habib Ammar, directeur général de l’office national du tourisme tunisien (ONTT). 
L'enjeu est de taille pour ces deux pays, dont le tourisme est un pilier économique, et qui traversent encore une grave crise politique. En Tunisie, ce secteur représente un sixième de la population active. En Égypte, près de douze millions de personnes (sur une population de plus de 72 millions) vivent de près ou de loin du tourisme. 
"Nous sommes en train de vivre une transition politique. Cela ne veut pas dire que nous n'avançons pas. Nous sommes une nation accueillante", a martelé M. Zaazou, lors d'une conférence de presse à Berlin. 
L'Égypte connaît une nouvelle phase troublée depuis la chute du président Hosni Moubarak avec des manifestations parfois violentes visant le pouvoir islamiste, accusé de chercher à accaparer les leviers du pouvoir, ou provoquées par l'aggravation de la situation économique et sociale.


Plus : http://droit-finances.commentcamarche.net/news/110004-printemps-arabe-le-tourisme-tente-de-relever-la-tete-en-egypte-et-tunisie

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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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Egypte: deux Britanniques enlevés dans le Sinaï par des Bédouins

Egypte: deux Britanniques enlevés dans le Sinaï par des Bédouins | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 Un couple de Britanniques a été enlevé jeudi par des Bédouins dans la péninsule égyptienne du Sinaï, a annoncé un responsable de la sécurité.

Les deux Britanniques ont été enlevés devant une banque où ils venaient de changer de l'argent, alors qu'ils se dirigeaient vers la station balnéaire de Charm el-Cheikh, selon lui. Les ravisseurs ont indiqué à la presse qu'ils réclamaient la libération de quatre personnes arrêtées pour trafic d'armes. 

 

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/egypte-deux-britanniques-enleves-dans-le-sinai-par-des-bedouins_1227780.html

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Inside Egypt's tourist ghost city

Inside Egypt's tourist ghost city | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

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There has been more political chaos in Egypt after parliamentary elections. due in a few weeks time, were suspended by the country's administrative court.

It is over two years since the revolution, but lingering instability is having a devastating impact on one city in particular.

Once referred to as a vast, open-air museum, tourists are now staying away from Luxor.

Aleem Maqbool reports from there.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21681367

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