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Les ports de la Mer Rouge accueillent 4200 touristes

Les ports de la Mer Rouge accueillent 4200 touristes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le Général Mohammed Gaballah Président de l'Autorité Portuaire de la Mer Rouge, a déclaré que les différents ports ont accueilli (ce jour)  4.200 touristes dans la poursuite de leurs activités touristiques pour cette saison.

Selon Gaballah, le port de Safaga, a accueilli ce dimanche, 1425 touristes à bord du navire « Arménie », en provenance de Sharm el-Cheikh. Le port de Safaga a également reçu le navire, "FT Berlin", avec 340 touristes en provenance de Sharm el-Cheikh. Quant au port de Sharm el Sheikh, celui-ci a reçu le navire, « Aida Mar » transportant 2434 touristes en provenance du port de Sokhna

 

 

 

قال اللواء محمد عبد القادر جابالله رئيس هيئة موانئ البحر الأحمر أن الموانئ المختلفة استقبلت 4200 سائح

فى استمرار نشاطها السياحى لهذا الموسم.


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Is Egypt destroying its tourism industry?

Is Egypt destroying its tourism industry? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As clashes continue across Egypt, with more and more injuries and deaths being seen over the past three weeks since the two-year anniversary of the January 2011 uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, the tourism sector is being driven into more and more hardship. Tour operators across the country tell Bikyanews.com that since January 25, reservations have been cancelled and fewer foreigners are putting Egypt on their travel destination plans.

It’s hard time for a sector that had been booming before January 25, 2011, but with the rise in police violence and clashes taking place on the front door of 5-star hotels in Cairo, travelers are quickly looking elsewhere for travel plans.

“It’s a struggle for all of us to try and maintain,” tour manager Islam Siddiq told Bikyanews.com, adding that “many of my friends who had been operating large groups before the revolution don’t have any work and are now working as waiters just to earn some money for their families.”

Now, the government has passed new legislation that makes it nearly impossible for foreigners to own land in the Sinai Peninsula, including hotel operators, which could put a stop to development on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.(...)

Add to this the continued police violence directed at protesters in the country, Egypt’s tourism sector is nearly non-existent. The Brotherhood, ironically, had previously argued it would not implement any policies to detract from visitors coming to the country.

 

More on: http://bikyanews.com/85237/is-egypt-destroying-its-tourism-industry/

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Tourism in the news: Egyptian company Al-General looks to spur investment in Sudan

Egypt’s economy relies heavily on its tourism sector that has been struggling to survive since the uprising of 25 January and subsequent events in the country. Once a month DNE rounds up the most significant news relating to tourism to give you an overview of the efforts that are being made to bring tourists back to the country.

 

Ihab George, president of the General Group, announced he is working to establish a new company to help spur tourism in Sudan. He said agreements had been signed with a number of foreign companies to organise three trips a year from European nations. (Daily News Egypt)

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/02/07/tourism-in-the-news-egyptian-company-al-general-looks-to-spur-investment-in-sudan/

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Tawadros II invites tourists to learn about Coptic history

Tawadros II invites tourists to learn about Coptic history | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, called on tourists on Tuesday to visit Egypt's monasteries in order to learn about Coptic history.

He said that Al-Muharraq Monastery is the foundation of theology teachings and a shrine for hermits and monks.

The pope said that monasteries should open its doors to scientific and historical studies during the opening of the International Scientific Conference on the study Coptic history and archaeology.

This is the sixth conference on the history of monasticism, it is held from 4-10 February. The conference is organized by the Saint Mar Morqus American foundation for historical studies. Around 100 researchers of Coptic monuments attend this conference.

The Pope's visit to the monastery is the fourth visit to the monastery by the papal chair. It is the first time in over 30 years.

Al-Muharraq Monastery which is also known as the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary lies in Assuit, on the path of the flight of the Holy Family in Egypt.

It had been a refuge for the Coptic martyrs. The Monastery was partially burned in the middle centuries, the word "Muharraq" means burned in Arabic.

It is considered very holy to Copts who have nicknamed the location the "Second Bethlehem". Many pilgrims from every district have made the journey to the monastery's churches during ancient times. 

 

This content is from :Aswat Masriya
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Security fears damage tourism in Egypt

Security fears damage tourism in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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By Deya Abaza/Al Ahram

 

Foreign tourism to Egypt, especially from Europe and North America, has dipped further due to political unrest and street protests since the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

 

Foreign governments have been advising their nationals to exercise increasing caution when travelling to Egypt, and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

But most of the warnings actually pertain to the deteriorating security situation over the past two years, not the political unrest.

Lack of road security, a decaying railway system, rising crime, sexual harassment, and lawlessness in Sinai and the regions bordering Libya and Sudan, carry the sternest warnings.

The latest guidelines by US and European governments say travel to Greater Cairo, Alexandria, and the main tourist hubs of Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt, is relatively safe as long as people avoid protests.

However, France, Germany and the UK advise against all travel to North Sinai, and non-essential travel to South Sinai, including to St Catherine’s Monastery. The warning excludes the coastal resorts of Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba, and Taba, though it does advise against overnight travel between the resorts.

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Photos : The Golden Age Of Egypt Travel

Photos : The Golden Age Of Egypt Travel | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Earlier this week the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, a luxury hotel, began tweeting SOSs as an armed group of demonstrators attempted to break through its back and side entrances. The unsettling assault, which led to an evacuation but no injuries, was one of the first incidents since the beginning of the Arab Spring that directly targeted tourists in Egypt.

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The urgent tweets -- "SOS: Same group as last night have surrounded #Semiramis attempting to breach all entrances. #Tahrir #Jan29 SEND HELP!"-- served to illustrate not only the dire state of tourism in Egypt, but also how different the Cairo modern tourists visit is from the city that was once a major luxury travel hub.

The golden age of Egyptian travel was no doubt the beginning of the twentieth century, when hotels like Mena House, Gezira Palace (now a Marriott) and, yes,Semiramis, were thick with writers, nobles and adventurers heading south. The tea flowed like tea still flows, but in lovely cafes. Tahrir Square was a scenic roundabout fringed by stately Edwardian manses.

Modern Egypt is still beautiful and likely still safe for prudent travelers, but the romance has been ruined by the intervention of a tough reality. As unclear as Egypt's future is, its past is hard not to romanticize. It was, after all, very pretty.

The photographs below are from the Brooklyn Museum's collection and were taken by various tourists and photographers more or less a century ago.

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Light news:Egypt shows off its sweet tooth as dessert goes super-sized in the desert

Light news:Egypt shows off its sweet tooth as dessert goes super-sized in the desert | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Last Tuesday Hurghada hosted a world record attempt for cooking the largest ever Om Ali. Chefs, 450 of them from 45 hotels across Egypt put on their hats and prepared the traditional Egyptian dessert in a specially built tagine, a covered oven dish.

Made from milk, nuts, raisins and filo pastry, according to legend it is named after Om Ali who killed the powerful Egyptian queen Shagaret El-Dor in retaliation for killing her husband the Sultan Aybak. Om Ali invented the dessert and dished it up to the people to celebrate her vengeance.

The Om Ali that was prepared last Tuesday weighed more than seven tonnes and was cooked in a specially built pan 15 metres long and two metres wide. Six large burners heated the tagine. The ingredients used to cook the Om Ali included 6000 litres of milk, 800 kg of filo pastry, 100 litres of cream, 1200 kg of sugar, 50 kg of coconut, 150 kg of mixed nuts and 50 kg of raisins. The total cost of the ingredients for Om Ali was EGP 20,000, which was covered by several Egyptian food and beverages companies and 45 hotels that sent chefs from its staff.(…)

It took the chefs staff five hours to cook seven tonnes of perfect Om Ali and the finished product was distributed to charities, tourists and passersby.

The reason behind the event to draw attention to the fact that Egypt is a safe holiday destination. “The event was an initiative from the chefs of Hurghada and Egypt to energise the tourism industry,” said Essam Sayed, senior chef in a five star hotel in Hurghada.(…)   The chefs have high hopes that this year’s Om Ali will be accepted as a world record by the Guinness organisation..

 

The event was organised by the ECA, (the Egyptian Chefs Association), which represents around 3200 Egyptian chefs. (….)

Last Tuesday also commemorated the national day of the Hurghada governorate and the Russian Egyptian friendship week. Several festivals were held in Hurghada to celebrate these events, including one sponsored by the Freedom and Justice Party under the slogan “Yes for Tourism.” FJP leader Helmy Al-Gazzar accompanied by the secretary general of the Hurghada governorate attended the creation of the Om Ali.


Mohamed Abdul-Aziz, manager of a tourism agency, said it was a good step from the FJP to support the festival and that both the Ministry of Tourism and the media should use the event to reassure foreigners that Islamists are backing tourism. “The main reason behind the decline in tourism activity are the extreme quotes and actions of some fundamental Islamists about tourism, which scared foreigners and prevented them from coming,” he said.


Reservation rates briefly surged after President Mohamed Morsi’s election, but following the presidential palace events last month, it dropped again by 80%. Hurgahda’s streets are normally teeming with tourists, but these days the town is empty, except for the local population and a few foreigners.


“The whole world is witnessing the political turmoil taking place in Egypt. We must reassure the world that Egypt is safe and the ruling party has no hostile position toward foreigners,” said Abdul-Aziz.


Basem Hala’a, the chairman of the Tourism Syndicate, said Egypt’s president must take tourism development seriously and that he should visit all the Egyptian touristic cities and resorts to prove his support of the tourism industry.

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Empty beds: Egyptian tourism sector ravaged by political unrest

Empty beds: Egyptian tourism sector ravaged by political unrest | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The tourism sector has been hit hard by the current wave of violence across Egypt, with hotel occupancy rates hitting a record low and tourists fleeing the country.

As clashes reached their climax on Monday night in Cairo’s downtown, masked assailants stormed the lobby of the Semiramis Intercontinental hotel.

The recent wave of anti-Brotherhood protests that began on the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution has had a detrimental effect on tourism. Downtown Cairo, famous for its upscale Nile view hotels, has been the worst affected.

As fighting reached the Garden City Corniche area near Tahrir Square, the interior ministry asked the management of three nearby hotels to take safety precautions.

The Intercontinental Semiramis and Shepheard hotels on one side of Tahrir Square, and the Hilton Ramsis overlooking Abdel-Moneim Riad Square, were asked to seal and barricade their entrances and halt all unnecessary hotel operations, such as opening restaurants to the public. (...)

“The Semiramis is one of Cairo’s oldest and most expensive hotels, known for its luxurious restaurants; during the clashes it has been surrounded by clouds of teargas and its entrance slopes a refuge for protesters.

“Mayday, mayday, mayday, the Intercontinental Semiramis is under attack, please convey our distress message to the ministry of interior,” frightened hotel staff Tweeted via the hotel account at around 11pm Monday.

The hotel cancelled all bookings and halted future reservations. As security circumstances deteriorated, dozens of guests checked out in the early hours of Tuesday.(...)

 

All guests were evacuated safely from the building, stated Mahfouz Aly, head assistant to the tourism minister. Aly added that they would be compensated for any psychological damage they may have suffered.

Occupancy rates at hotels in downtown Cairo area are at critical levels, with most tourists leaving before the revolution’s second anniversary on Friday.

“Since the beginning of the clashes on Friday our hotel reached a zero occupancy rate, which hasn’t occurred since the 18-day uprising," Ahmed Labib, executive official at Shepheard Hotel told Ahram Online.(...)

The Red Sea and other tourist areas, such as the historic centres of Luxor and Aswan, have also been affected by the political impasse, despite being far from any violence.

“Occupancy rates have dropped by almost 40 per cent since 2010 and revenues have declined by almost 60 per cent. Hotels in the Taba area are unable to cover their monthly costs. Adding to all that the security situation in the Sinai is highly unstable,” said Tareq Rehan, former general manager of Taba Heights Red Sea resort.

“This has been almost tourist-free in Taba and other Red Sea resorts,” Rehan explained.

Luxor and Aswan, considered major touristic hubs, have seen signs of recovery since the January 2011 popular uprising, but the current political impasse brought the cities back to square one.

“The tourism sector has been battered by the successive waves of unrest; however, the sector showed small signs of recovery by the end of 2012,” Mohamed Fathy, owner of Visit Egypt travel agency, told Ahram Online.

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“Because of the current situation, foreigners have cancelled their bookings. Half the famous Nile cruises are simply not operational. The government needs to protect strategic industries such as tourism; they have to understand that without proper security it is simply not viable,” asserted Fathy.

President Mohamed Morsi pledged at the beginning of his term in August to guarantee security for tourists.

One of the main pillars of the president's presidential programme was to expand the tourism sector and attract tourists from around the world.

The ministry of tourism says the fall in the tourism, which accounts for 11 per cent of the Egyptian economy, since the revolution, has worsened the country’s public debt levels and is a main cause of the foreign currency crisis and the fall in reserves.

“I am very despondent about the situation in Egypt. It is impossible to attract tourists and touristic investment into the country with the security situation deteriorating to this extent,” said Elhamy El-Zayat, the head of Egypt's Federation of Tourism Chambers.

El-Zayat estimates occupancy rates to have reached a record-low rate of 15 per cent in Cairo, 50 per cent on the Red Sea coast and less than 5 per cent in Luxor and Aswan; the worst since the 2011 popular uprising.

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World tourist numbers exceed 1 billion in 2012: U.N. (Egypt extracts)

World tourist numbers exceed 1 billion in 2012: U.N. (Egypt extracts) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

International tourist arrivals exceeded 1 billion for the first time last year despite ongoing global economic uncertainty, and numbers will rise further in 2013, a U.N. body said Tuesday.

 

The number of arrivals grew by 4 percent to 1.035 billion in 2012, up from 996 million in 2011, the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organization said in an annual survey.


“2012 was a year of constant economic instability in the entire world, especially in the eurozone. Despite this international tourism managed to maintain its course,” the body’s secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, told a news conference.


The only region to report a decline in tourist numbers compared with 2011 was the Middle East with 5 percent fewer arrivals because of political instability in popular tourist spots such as Egypt andSyria.

 

But the drop in the number of visitors to the region was smaller than the decline of 7 percent posted in 2011.

 

“The picture is a little bit mixed with some countries likeEgyptwhich are doing slightly better but not as well as 2010,” Rifai said.

 

The Middle East will see the number of foreign visitors to the region rise by 0 and 5 percent this year whileEuropewill post growth of 2-3 percent.

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U.S Ambassador: New Programs To Activate Entrepreneurship ,E-Tourism With Egypt

U.S Ambassador: New Programs To Activate Entrepreneurship ,E-Tourism With Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Anne Patterson, U.S ambassador to Cairo, said the embassy is currently working in cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to make the best use of the Smart Village’s infrastructure aiming to activate partnership programs in fields of entrepreneurship and E-Tourism.

Anne Patterson, added after paying a visit to Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), that the programs launched by the Ministry about the Egyptian civilization in areas of Sharm Al-Sheikh, Hurghada and Luxor are influential tools to allure tourists to come to Egypt.

Moreover, Patterson explained that Private Sector will play a key role in the implementation of major initiatives in the country’s two sectors within the next period, noting that the recent violence sparked off in the past few days shall reversely affect the investors’ plans to enter the market

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Tourisme et révolution: le paradoxe égyptien

Tourisme et révolution: le paradoxe égyptien | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Deux ans après la révolution, le tourisme est à la peine. Et si c'était le moment ou jamais pour s'y rendre ?
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D’un côté, le ministère égyptien du tourisme annonce une "forte hausse de la fréquentation touristique en 2012". L'Egypte aurait ainsi enregistré une hausse de 17% du nombre de visiteurs l'an dernier, par rapport à 2011. De l’autre, des hôteliers et responsables de pôles touristiques expriment se disent désespérés : ils accuseraient une baisse de fréquentation de plus de 70%. Alors qui croire ? (...)

"Si 2012 est en progression, ce n’est que du rattrapage par rapport à 2010",  explique Nahed Rizk, directrice de l’office du tourisme d’Egypte en France. Selon elle, Assouan, Louxor et le Caire sont les villes les plus touchées par la baisse de fréquentation. "Mais depuis le début de la révolution en 2010, aucun touriste n’a été agressé", souligne-t-elle. "Les Egyptiens sont assez occupés par leurs problèmes, ils respectent les touristes. Plus que jamais, c’est le moment de venir !". Pour ceux qui hésiteraient encore, elle ajoute : "Les temples d’Abou Simbel, les  pyramides de Gizeh ou les musées n’ont rarement été aussi accessibles en toute sécurité, les prix des séjours ne peuvent être plus bas, ceux qui en profite actuellement son récompensés."

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Le Gouverneur de Louxor analyse une offre française pour un "téléphérique" dans les zones archéologiques des rives Est et Ouest du Nil

Le Gouverneur de Louxor analyse une offre française pour un "téléphérique" dans les zones archéologiques des rives Est et Ouest du Nil | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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صرح الدكتورعزت سعد محافظ الأقصر بتلقي عرض فرنسي لإقامة مشروع (تلفريك) سياحي لربط المناطق الاثرية بالبر الشرقي بالبر الغربي، مرورا بنهر النيل ليعبر فوق معابد الكرنك وإلى مقابر ومعابد وادي الملوك وملكات بالبر الغربي.

 

وأشار سعد، إلى المحافظة تبحث أيضا عن مستثمرين جادين لاستغلال 85 متجرا ومطعما ومساحات متعددة الأغراض على نيل الأقصر تقع بالممشى السياحي في قلب المدينة، وذلك لاستغلالها في أغراض سياحية.

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Le Dr. Ezzat Saad, Gouverneur de Louxor, a reçu une offre française pour un projet touristique de construction d'un téléphérique pour relier les zones archéologiques de l'Est à celles de l’Ouest du Nil, en passant au-dessus du temple de Karnak, avant d’arriver aux temples et nécropoles de la Vallée des Rois et des Reines sur la rive Ouest.

Saad a souligné que le Gouvernorat était également à la recherche d'investisseurs sérieux pour exploiter 85 boutiques, restaurants et autres espaces sur le Nil, situés sur la promenade touristique au cœur de la ville.

Il a ajouté que Louxor avait besoin d’investisseurs afin de mettre en place un débarcadère pour desservir les 285 bateaux et hôtels flottants travaillant dans le secteur du tourisme fluvial à Louxor.

Le Gouverneur a révélé que la ville cherchait aussi à mettre en place le projet de zone industrielle d'une superficie de mille hectares, sur la route reliant Louxor à la Nouvelle Vallée. Ce projet a pour objectif la réalisation de projets, susceptibles de créer de nombreuses opportunités de travail et faire face à la montée du chômage résultant de la baisse du nombre de visiteurs.

 

Traduction par Randa CHART

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Tourism union speaks out against fuel subsidy removal plan

Tourism union speaks out against fuel subsidy removal plan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The government decision this week to remove subsidies on diesel designated for the tourism sector is a disaster, Khaled al-Mennawy, spokesperson of the Tourism Chambers Union, said Tuesday. 

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf al-Araby announced Monday that the government would lift subsidies on diesel fuel sold to the tourism sector starting in May.

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The move adds to the difficulties the industry is already facing, Mennawy told CBC television program “Hona El Asema.” He said the decision would mostly affect tourist transport and river cruise ships.

“No one can afford that under the dire circumstances, as the diesel will increase to LE5 per liter,” he alleged, saying investments worth up to LE15 billion in Nile river tourism would also be threatened.

“We have already signed contracts based on the old [fuel] prices and so cannot raise the prices. It is not fair that companies carry the extra cost, especially as the sector is already facing difficult times,” Mennawy said.

Egypt's tourism, one of the country's primary sources of income before the revolution, has been hit hard by two years of political unrest.

Mennawy said the Tourism Chambers Union, during a recent meeting with Araby and the tourism minister, agreed to the gradual removal of the subsidy provided the industry begins to rebound and not before the beginning of the spring tourism season. (Egypt independent)

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Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh boom threatened by Morsi assault on foreign ownership - Telegraph

Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh boom threatened by Morsi assault on foreign ownership  - Telegraph | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

It's the Egyptian destination that drew more than 300,000 Britons last year to its combination of sand, sunshine and scuba diving, in Red Sea waters that are clear, calm and warm all year round.

Its 100-plus hotels can accommodate 200,000 visitors a week, willing to pay between £60 and £120 a night for a double room in a luxurious beachside location, all set in the dramatic desert landscape at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Yet just 40 years ago Sharm el-Sheikh was little more than a sleepy fishing village, with a handful of guesthouses and other tourist facilities erected after the Israelis occupied the Sinai peninsula during the Six Day War.

The transformation of the barren stretch of desert coastline into the glittering resort of palm trees and pools that stands today was due in large part to an array of entrepreneurs who, after the Sinai was handed back to Egypt in 1982, were persuaded to plough astronomical sums into developing Sharm el-Sheikh.

Now some of those same multi-millionaire businessmen say the resort's future is in doubt because of a clampdown on foreign ownership by the government led by Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

They accuse Mr Morsi of stabbing them in the back – and jeopardising a vital part of Egypt's tourist industry, an important source of cash for a country struggling to reboot its economy – over a controversial law which appears to give them a six-month deadline to sell all of their property and land in the region.

“How can I trust a government that does something like this?” said Ozorees el-Ghazawy, a hotelier who has invested tens of millions of pounds into his chain of seaside Sinai resorts since the late 1980s. “Perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood thinks it is acceptable, but I never thought they would act in this way.

 

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New State Department travel alert is bad news for Egypt

New State Department travel alert is bad news for Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Wednesday brought another troubling development for the Egyptian economy, which relies heavily on tourism and has suffered mightily since protests broke out in January 2011.

The U.S. State Department has issued a scary-sounding travel alert that it says applies through May. The alert cites ongoing violence, political unrest that could trigger yet more clashes and the proximity of demonstrations to the U.S. embassy compound in Cairo, which protesters attacked head-on in September. Though such travel alerts are common, it’s a reminder that the State Department is not exactly encouraging Americans to visit Egypt in droves, not that they have been since 2011 anyway.

The relevant information from the travel alert is below. I visited Egypt in August 2011 and found the hotels and museums all but empty. August is always slow in Egypt – it’s hot, and that year it was the holy month of Ramadan – but everyone I spoke to emphasized that it had been a painful year for the all-important tourism industry. Since then, things have only worsened, with hotel occupancy rates hitting all-time lows. In late January, a band of thugs attacked the popular Semiramis Intercontinental hotel two nights in a row.

The Travel Alert:

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Egypt to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest, incidents of which have led to recent violence. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. This Travel Alert expires on May 4, 2013. (...)

 

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Egypt's tourism minister: Webcams will prove we're safe

Egypt's tourism minister: Webcams will prove we're safe | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's tourism minister plans to install live webcams in holiday hotspots to prove the country's industry remains healthy.

Hisham Zazou told CNN that cameras will broadcast live video of holiday makers on the beach "basking in the sun."

He added: "This will give more credibility... when [tourists] see it, they will come."

Egypt's beaches of Sharm el-Sheikh and the ancient Pyramids in Giza have long pulled tourism revenue, giving a vital boost to the Egyptian economy.

But Egypt's image as a tourism destination has suffered since the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia just over two years ago and spread across the Middle East. (CNN)

More : http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/06/business/egypt-tourism-safety-minister/

 

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Russian tourists dare to tread in Egypt, where many Europeans now fear to go

Russian tourists dare to tread in Egypt, where many Europeans now fear to go | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt -- Many Western European tourists are too scared of Egypt - even with deep discounts - to take their holidays in this sleepy Red Sea enclave at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
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The town, which is a one hour flight from Cairo, barely survives by drawing less picky Russian visitors. These sun-deprived, beach-loving tourists are usually blissfully unaware of the troubles convulsing much of Egypt. Nor are they much interested in finding out.

It is this hardy or foolhardy attitude that has kept Russians going to other countries such as Thailand and Indonesia when problems similar to those that have plagued Egypt have caused Western tourists to flee.

After being bottled up in the Soviet Union for so long, Russians still have wanderlust. However, aside for the many Russian millionaires, who are welcome in Spain, France and Britain because they spend like crazy, most ordinary Russians still have great difficulty getting visas for Western countries. So they go where they can.

“Except for the Russians, the tourists are all back home. Or they’ve gone somewhere else,” lamented Aladdin Abu Taleb, who sells perfume in Sharm el- Sheikh’s Old Souk. “The problem is that too many foreigners listen to the foreign media and are scared. But to tell you the truth, the Egyptian media have exaggerated the violence, too.”

 

More : http://o.canada.com/2013/02/04/russian-tourists-dare-to-tread-in-egypt-where-most-europeans-fear-to-go/

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Instability shakes Egypt’s tourism industry once more

Instability shakes Egypt’s tourism industry once more | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The tourism sector in Egypt has deteriorated in the wake of instability in Egypt, with violence in Port Said and unrest across Egypt, tourism officials said. Tourism has declined further since calls from activists to revive the 2011 revolution and oust the Morsi regime, Amr Sedky, deputy chairman of the tourism chamber’s board of directors, told Daily News Egypt.

Many tour organisers refused to take bookings after calls for protests in January 2013, particularly after clashes at the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo.(…)

 Internal tourism has lifted the occupation rate to 45-48% in hotels. However, these rates are expected to fall to less than 30% after the end of the midyear vacation, said Hatem Mounir, Secretary of the Tourism Chamber in the Red Sea Governorate.
“Tourism in Turkey has been flourishing thanks to Egypt’s poor situation, and tourism rates in Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco have also improved,” Mounir added.

“On 7 January we received a group of Russian tourists and that gave us hope, but unfortunately the situation declined immediately,” said Mounir.

Christmas and New Year celebrations in Egypt once acted as a good source of tourism income with hotel occupation rates of almost 100%, but these rates have plunged to about 65%.

Product price rises are also expected to be detrimental to tourism. “Tourism in Egypt will target middle-class and high-class tourists only, to adapt to new high prices,” said Sedky.

 

Both Sedky and Mounir said that tourism depends mainly on the stability of Egypt’s political situation.“Tourism needs time to recover, maybe a year or more,” said Mounir.

 

Sedky said that tourism might never recover to previous levels, particularly after the peak tourism year of 2010.

“Around 14.4 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010,” Sedky concluded.

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Tourism investors shy away from Egypt amid violence

Tourism investors shy away from Egypt amid violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Travel agencies and tour operators have been reluctant to visit the Egyptian pavilion at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid, apparently scared off by reports of the wave of violence that was launched during demonstrations marking the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, said Elhamy al-Zayat, the head of the Egyptian Tourism Federation.

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The fair ends on Friday.

“The agencies that visited the pavilion own hotels in Egypt and hope to market them; others only inquired about the security situation,” Zayat said. “We have not signed a single contract for the summer season.”

Zayat is planning to visit the United Kingdom with the tourism minister to market Egyptian tourism there, he said.

The clashes that broke out between police and demonstrators opposed to President Mohamed Morsy last week have left at least 53 people dead.

Police recently arrested 12 people accused of attacking the Semiramis hotel and stealing an ATM machine from the premises. Guests of the Semiramis and other hotels had to be evacuated.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Cheops Travel : "En Haute Egypte et sur la Mer Rouge, la vie continue normalement"

Cheops Travel : "En Haute Egypte et sur la Mer Rouge, la vie continue normalement" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Suite aux affrontements en Egypte qui ont fait 56 victimes depuis le 26 janvier dernier et à la crainte des touristes français de revenir en Egypte, Cherif El Mohdar, patron de l'agence réceptive Cheops Travel, au Caire, nous apporte son témoignage.
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"Notre bureau est situé au centre-ville, juste à côté de la place Tahrir et devant le musée Nationale du Caire. 

On s'y rend tous les jours pour poursuivre notre travail sans aucun problème. 

Les confrontations entre forces de l'ordre et quelques manifestants sont concentrées dans des zones spécifiques (et des rues) qui mènent au Parlement et au ministère de l'intérieur. 

Autrement la vie suit son cours normalement au centre ville du Caire. 

Pour les villes du canal de Suez (Port Said, Suez et Ismailia), il est vrai que l'armée s'est déployée dans ces villes pour rétablir la sécurité. 

Mais ce ne sont pas de grandes villes touristiques sauf pour les grands bateaux de croisière, qui peuvent accoster à Port Said ou Ismailia pour des excursions "quick trip", comme Costa, MSC, etc…En Haute Egypte et sur la Mer Rouge, je suis en contact avec mes collègues sur place et la vie continue normalement, sans aucun problème. 

Effectivement, on a des clients français à Louxor et ils organisent une excursion demain pour une sortie en montgolfière à Thebes.Grâce a Dieu, à ce jour, on n'a pas eu d'annulation et on a continué à recevoir des demandes la semaine dernière. 

De plus, il y'a une bonne nouvelle depuis ce matin : le Dr. El Baradei, qui représente une grande partie de l'opposition, a déclaré vouloir discuter avec le Président Morsi pour trouver une solution et arrêter toute violence !"
(Tour Mag)  
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Egypte : les émeutes effraient les touristes français, mais pas les Russes ou les Anglais

Egypte : les émeutes effraient les touristes français, mais pas les Russes ou les Anglais | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Alors que le bilan des victimes s’alourdit de jour en jour en Egypte - 54 morts en une semaine - les professionnels du tourisme encore présents sur place tiennent à signaler que les zones touristiques sont épargnées et espèrent qu’un retour au calme s’effectuera dans les plus brefs délais.
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Les touristes français finiront-ils par revenir en Egypte ? 

Depuis deux ans maintenant, la destination vit au rythme des évènements plus ou moins tragiques qui font la une de l'actualité et rendent les Français frileux à l'idée de passer leurs vacances dans ce pays. 

Le dernier en date dure depuis le 26 janvier 2013, jour où la cour pénale du Caire a condamné 21 personnes à la peine de mort suite à la tragédie du match de football de Port Saïd, qui avait fait 74 victimes en février dernier. 

Depuis, et en réaction à cette décision, 54 personnes ont perdu la vie, les deux dernières, ce mercredi 30 janvier place Tahrir, au Caire, selon une source médicale. 

En réponse, le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères conseille d'éviter "les lieux de rassemblement habituels tels que la place Tahrir", "tout comme le quartier d’Héliopolis où se trouve la présidence de la République", ainsi que les villes où des manifestations se sont déroulées, notamment à Alexandrie, Ismaïlia, Suez et Port Saïd.

Pour autant, le reste du pays, notamment les zones touristiques de la Mer Rouge, ne sont pas concernées, comme le confirme Nahed Rizk, directrice de l'office de tourisme d'Egypte en France. 

"Des amis qui rentrent de vacances m'ont affirmé qu'il n'y avait aucun problème sur la Mer Rouge. Toute la côte a fait le plein de touristes, en particulier des Russes, des Asiatiques, des Anglais, des Allemands et des Scandinaves. 

Seuls les Français continuent de fuir la destination, car on ne parle que de ces évènements dans la presse". 

"Il y a des hauts et des bas depuis deux ans, précise Diala Guilloux, directrice de production moyen-courrier chez Autrement Voyages. 

Les clients fidèles préfèrent attendre que la situation se calme avant de réserver leur séjour, très souvent à la carte. Alors que le reste des ventes est principalement constitué de ventes de dernière minute." 

Concernant les évènements de cette semaine ? "Nous n'avons pas enregistré d'annulations sur les départs proches, mais la demande s'est calmée et les clients restent dans l'expectative. 

Dans tous les cas, nous sommes en contact permanent avec nos prestataires, et nous serons les premiers à évacuer les touristes en cas de risques." (Tour Mag)

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Egyptian tourism sector ravaged by political unrest

Egyptian tourism sector ravaged by political unrest | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The tourism sector has been hit hard by the current wave of violence across Egypt, with hotel occupancy rates hitting a record low and tourists fleeing the country.

As clashes reached their climax on Monday night in Cairo’s downtown, masked assailants stormed the lobby of the Semiramis Intercontinental hotel.

The recent wave of anti-Brotherhood protests that began on the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution has had a detrimental effect on tourism. Downtown Cairo, famous for its upscale Nile view hotels, has been the worst affected.

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The Red Sea and other tourist areas, such as the historic centres of Luxor and Aswan, have also been affected by the political impasse, despite being far from any violence.

“Occupancy rates have dropped by almost 40 per cent since 2010 and revenues have declined by almost 60 per cent. Hotels in the Taba area are unable to cover their monthly costs. Adding to all that the security situation in the Sinai is highly unstable,” said Tareq Rehan, former general manager of Taba Heights Red Sea resort.

“This has been almost tourist-free in Taba and other Red Sea resorts,” Rehan explained.
Luxor and Aswan, considered major touristic hubs, have seen signs of recovery since the January 2011 popular uprising, but the current political impasse brought the cities back to square one.

 

More : http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=7f31e73d-fd79-4099-ae18-fc7b812edc40

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Deux ans après la révolution, l’Egypte en quelques chiffres

Deux ans après la révolution, l’Egypte en quelques chiffres | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
L'Egypte, considérée comme un pays émergent, est la quatrième puissance économique d'Afrique. Mais c'est un colosse économique aux pieds d'argile.
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En Egypte, la population augmente...
La misère sociale fut le ferment de la révolte populaire qui a éclaté il y a tout juste deux ans. Le salaire moyen hebdomadaire atteignait 252 livres égyptiennes (31 euros) en 2007, selon les derniers chiffres dont dispose le Bureau international du travail (OIT). Plus de 18% des quelque 80 millions d'Egyptiens vivent avec moins de deux dollars par jour selon les chiffres de la Banque mondiale.

Le pays avait connu une période de forte croissance depuis 2008 mais la révolution qui a chassé Moubarak du pouvoir a laissé des traces. Fuite des investisseurs étrangers et des touristes, grèves et mouvements sociaux à quoi il faut ajouter le retour au pays des Egyptiens travaillant en Libye, la machine économique est en panne. La croissance économique, la lutte contre la pauvreté et les inégalités sociales restent le premier défi du pays.

Le chômage des jeunes aussi.
La population égyptienne est en plein boom, plus 1,3 million d'habitants chaque année. Un Egyptien sur trois a moins de 15 ans, près de deux sur trois ont moins de 30 ans. On estime que 700.000 jeunes arrivent chaque année sur un marché du travail déprimé. Officiellement, chez les 15-24 ans, ils sont presque un sur quatre à être sans emploi, soit 24,8%. Les filles sont deux fois plus nombreuses que les garçons à chercher du travail.

"Le chômage des jeunes a été une des causes fondamentales des changements révolutionnaires du printemps arabe dans les pays d'Afrique du nord et du Moyen Orient. L'OIT compte fournir une aide spécifique au niveau national pour amener les jeunes du travail", souligne le Directeur de cette organisation internationale.

Les richesses de l'Egypte
Le Canal de Suez et le Nil sont les artères économiques du pays, tant pour le commerce intérieur que pour son ouverture sur le Proche-Orient. Le Canal de Suez et les droits de passage sont l'une des principales sources de devises pour le pays : 5 milliards de dollars par an

L'activité économique se déploie principalement le long du fleuve. Le Nil nourricier car les eaux du fleuve, notamment depuis la création du barrage d'Assouan, permettent l'irrigation des terres dévolues à l'agriculture, un secteur qui emploie un tiers des Egyptiens.

Le tourisme, l'autre manne de l'Egypte
Le tourisme constitue la principale ressource du pays, il représente ¼ de ses revenus en devises. Le tourisme fournit un emploi sur huit, il pèse 12 % du PIB national. Mais voilà, le secteur a connu beaucoup d'aléas ces dernières années. Les attentats, l'instabilité politique puis bien sûr, la révolution ont dissuadé les touristes d'aller visiter les trésors des pharaons et de l'Egypte ancienne. Rien qu'en 2011, le tourisme a diminué d'un tiers. Depuis 2012, on note une timide reprise mais on est encore loin des niveaux d'avant la révolution. 14,5 millions de touristes avaient alors visité l'Egypte.

Méline Freda / Sources, OIT, Banque Mondiale et Perspectives économiques en Afrique, via Arte.fr
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Freedom and Justice Party Hopes Egypt Top International Tourist Destinations

Freedom and Justice Party Hopes Egypt Top International Tourist Destinations | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Muslim Brotherhood launches domestic tourism trips to historical Luxor in upper Egypt, among efforts coordinated with the group’s political arm, the FJP, to help the country take its rightful place among the world’s top tourist destinations.

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Taking part in celebrations of the Red Sea Governorate's National Day, Helmi Al-Gazzar, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Secretary in Giza, affirmed the FJP’s support for tourism in Egypt.

"The rumor claiming that political parties with Islamic reference stand against tourism is a complete and utter lie. The best evidence of this is my being here, participating in the celebrations, representing the FJP, which confirms that it supports tourism and stands with the whole tourism sector and its workers, and seeks to promote it, and to cooperate with investors for the development of the sector as an important source of national income."

Gazzar pointed that the FJP will stand fully behind tourism and help it recover and restore Egypt to its leading position as a permanent, whole-year tourist destination for visitors from all countries of the world.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood in Assiut (another historical province in upper Egypt) announced that it will be organizing trips to Luxor in support of tourism.

Separately, Ahmed Zayan, Brotherhood trip organizer, said: “The purpose of the trip is to support inbound and outbound tourism for Luxor, especially in the winter, noting that tourism is a big factor that helps the growth of the Egyptian economy.
Zayan added that he will take a number of experts and Pharaonic history and geography professors and a number of scholars and translators to communicate with tourists in Luxor and introduce them to Pharaonic history, stressing that Egypt is now in dire need of promoting tourism. (Ikhwan web)

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Vidéo- Tourisme : Nous autoriserons des hôtels pour hommes et d'autres pour femmes s’il le faut

Vidéo- Tourisme : Nous autoriserons des hôtels pour hommes et d'autres pour femmes s’il le faut | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le Ministre du Tourisme, Hisham Zaazou, a déclaré que le Ministère a entamé un dialogue avec les partis islamistes, tels que « Liberté et Justice » et « El Nour », et qu’ils acceptaient le tourisme côtier. Selon eux, ce genre d’activités représente  une composante importante du tourisme et ne doit pas être touché. Cependant, le Ministère pourra allouer des hôtels pour hommes et d’autres pour femmes s’il le fallait.

 

Zaazou, hôte d’un programme télévisé ("Le peuple veut") diffusé sur la chaîne « Tahrir », a rejeté les attaques de certains sheikhs liées aux pyramides, les considérant comme une attitude hérétique. Il a affirmé que de telles déclarations ne représentaient pas le courant salafiste, mais uniquement les opinions personnelles de ceux qui les diffusent.  Selon le Ministre, Nader Baccard,  porte-parole du Parti El-Nour, est souvent d’accord avec lui sur la plupart des questions et l’appelle continuellement à ne pas se laisser porter par de telles déclarations.

 

 

Traduction par Randa CHART

 

قال هشام زعزوع- وزير السياحة، إن "الوزارة فتحت حوارات مع الأحزاب الإسلامية، مثل حزب "الحرية والعدالة"، وحزب "النور"، وتلك الأحزاب وافقت على السياحة الشاطئية، واعترفت أنها مكون رئيسي من مكونات السياحة، ولايجب التدخل فيه، ورغم ذلك، أضاف أن الوزارة يمكن أن تُخصص فنادق للرجال وفنادق للنساء إذا تطلب الأمر

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