La industria turística de Egipto se actualiza -
travel industrie updates
Last month President Hosni Mubarak restructured the Supreme
Council for Tourism, announcing that the committee is to be lead
by the prime minister and will consist of six ministers (including
the minister of tourism, minister of civil aviation and minister
of culture), the chairman of the Egyptian Tourism Federation and
four prominent industry figures – appointing Ahmed El-Nahas,
Hussein Salem, El-Mohammady Howeidak and Hisham Talaat Mostafa.
After inaugurating the new terminal at Luxor International
Airport, the president headed, for the first time, the council
meeting where discussions centered on the progression of the
tourism industry. On behalf of the Egyptian Tourism Federation,
Elhamy El-Zayat submitted three important industry requests:
- Application of the open skies policy, gradually over the next
two years, to accommodate for the objectives set by the prime
minister and minister of tourism: To increase arrivals to 14
million tourists by 2010.
- No taxes or levies to be imposed by local government or any
government body without referring to the Supreme Council for
- To allocate 1% collected from the net revenues of hotels, travel
agencies and other tourism related businesses for training
purposes. The proceeds will be paid to the ministry of labor which
in turn will be reserved for the Egyptian Tourism Federation in
order to support the new vocational training center. The aim of
this regulation is to create new jobs and enhance the quality of
service in the industry by training those currently working in the
field and fresh graduates.
The president asked all departments concerned to look at ways of
implementing these requests as soon as possible.
It’s a Record
According to the Egyptian Tourist Authority, July witnessed an
increase of 6% in tourist arrivals and a 10% rise of tourist
nights in comparison to July 2004. Although an immediate drop in
arrivals to Sharm El Sheikh had occurred after the attacks, there
was no negative effect to other areas throughout the country.
Regarding statistics for arrivals to Sharm El Sheikh in August,
there is a recovery in tourist flow.
El desarrollo de la Reserva de Kom el Hettan como objetivo
Wadi Hittan Nature Reserve developed, placed on tourist map
The government is to launch within the next few days the development project of the Wadi Hittan (Whales Valley) nature reserve in Rayan Valley in Fayoum governorate.
The project aims at placing this area on the environmental tourist map after it has been registered as the first Egyptian site on UNESCO list of world natural heritage.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif received a report from Maged George State Minister for Environmental Affairs on this area, asserting that this are houses several geological components, water springs and rare fossils as well as a great number of whales' skeletons dating back to 40 million years.
Nazif has decided to form a committee of the ministries of higher education, environmental and foreign affairs, Fayoum governorate in addition to a number of Egyptian universities experts to take part in drawing up a comprehensive plan for boosting investment in the natural and archaeological sites in Fayoum governorate.
precauciones tomadas por el Gobierno Egipcio para la seguridad de
turistas en Sharm el Sheikh
New Safety Precausions at Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh has, and will continue to be called the city of Peace. The reason for
this is because of the many meetings held here between international leaders which
have resulted in peace accords. Of course, it has also been known as a safe haven,
where European and other vacationers could frolic in the sun without worry, at least until the recent bombing event in the city.
Already, those who love Sharm el-Sheikh, and many do, have written us to say that
they will not let terrorists control their travel plans to this great resort. And while some
tourists have cancelled their Sharm vacations, many others have not, and the city is
now returning to normal, with beach goers returning to its beautiful beaches, crystal
clear water and hot night spots.
Sharm has always been a very secured area, demonstrated by the fact that two out of
three of the attacks were never able to reach their intended destinations. Indeed, were it
not for Sharm’s considerable security, many more foreigners would have probably died.
Instead, two of the terrorists were stopped at check-points where they detonated their
explosives, killing mostly ordinary working-class Egyptians.
Of course, any loss of life in the City of Peace is unacceptable, both to vacationers and
to the government of Egypt. Sharm el-Sheikh is a showcase of the Egyptian tourism
industry, and the government intends to earn the trust given it by those who continue to
make it their beach vacation venue of choice. Therefore, in addition to the already tight
security, Sharm el-Sheikh is going high tech. In addition to the already extensive
security measures, in order to prevent future problems additional safeguards, many of
which have already been implemented, include (we wish to thank South Sinai Travel for
supplying this information):
- New surveillance procedures include monitoring cameras fixed at all the entrances and
exits of Sharm El Sheikh as well as in all streets and gathering places. The cameras
are connected with a main operation units where they are monitored real-time by trained
security staff to insure comprehensive safety measures.
Security has been Intensified on all streets, beaches and the ways leading to the city with additional security personnel.
Electronic gates will be fixed at all entrance and exit points using gamma rays
technology. Gamma ray technology is used to screen larger objects, such as cars and
trucks (it is also used for examining ocean containers, for example) that are densely
loaded and the technology is capable of detecting suspected contraband, weapons and
other potentially dangerous goods. It gives its operators an image similar in many ways
to an X-ray, but is safer than X-rays. This sophisticated (and rather expensive)
equipment is also capable of outputting spectrum graphs that can detect various
elements, including radioactive materials.
New fixed and movable check points will be spread throughout the Sharm region, with
specific equipment for examining all cars coming through the outlets for explosive
devices and other weapons. Areas to be secured in this manner not only include the
direct approaches to Sharm el-Sheikh, but also remote regions, including mountain
areas near Sharm.
- An agreement was made with the hotels owners to put barricades in front of their
hotels gates. Many of them have already done so. Clearly, in a world where terrorists
events may happen anywhere, and where beach resorts throughout the world usually
have very little in the way of security measure, Sharm el-Sheikh will be one of the safest
of all vacation spots.
- In addition, there are a number of tourist incentives being given to bring vacationers
back to Sharm. These include the subsidization of charter airline carriers who transport
tourists to Sharm el-Sheikh and a 50% discount on bus fair to and from Sharm
el-Sheikh from within Egypt. There are also a number of local promotions from travel
operators, hotels and other tourism vendors.
I would also like to remind our readers that, as of next week, we will have one of our
staff writers stationed in Sharm el-Sheikh (and again, we would like to thank South Sinai
Travel, who are supplying accommodations and some needed equipment, for helping
with these arrangements). He will be reporting live from Sharm with stories and video,
and will be digging out some of the specials, as well as reviewing daytime tourists
activities, nightly entertainment hotspots and also talking to tourists about their vacation
experiences in Sharm.
Ministro de Transportes de Egipto anima a visitar Sharm el
Egypt Transport Minister Encourages Egyptians to Visit Sharm el Sheikh
The prices of travel bus tickets to and from Sharm el-Sheikh have been reduced by 50
per cent as of Thursday, Minister of Transport Essam Sharaf announced.
Board Chairman of the Arab Union Company for Land Transport Talaat Khatab said the
decision comes as part of measures taken by the Ministry of Transport to encourage
internal tourism and alleviate the impact of the recent blasts on tourism in Sharm
He said that Sharm el-Sheikh city would remain one of the most important tourist sites
in the world as it had been the city and symbol of peace inside and outside Egypt.
It was also decided that daily trips heading for and coming from Sharm el-Sheikh would
be increased, he added.
Egipto.- Cientos de manifestantes protestan contra el terrorismo en el norte del Sinaí
EL ARISH (EGIPTO). Cientos de manifestantes salieron hoy a las calles en la ciudad
egipcia de El Arish (norte de la península del Sinaí) para protestar contra el terrorismo,
ocho días después de los atentados contra la ciudad turística de Sharm el Sheij, con
un balance oficial de 64 muertos. "No, no al terrorismo", se leía en una de las pancartas
enarboladas por los manifestantes, entre los cuales había religiosos, responsables
locales y parlamentarios. "Sí a la seguridad y la estabilidad", decía otra. Entre los
manifestantes había también beduinos, iniciamente sospechosos del atentado pero que
han resultado muy útiles a las fuerzas de seguridad por su conocimiento del terreno,
sus escondites y caminos, para la busqueda de sospechosos. La multitud se
concentró frente a la sede del gubernamental Partido Nacional Democrático. Se cree
que la concentración fue organizada por las fuerzas gubernamentales.
turistas llegan al aeropuerto internacional de Sharm el-Sheikh
durante las pasadas 24 horas.
4000 Tourists Arrive at Sharm El-Sheik International Airport in the Past 24 Hours
The MENA news agency reported that 4000 tourists arrived at Sharm El-Sheik
International on 52 passenger flights from various parts of the world over the past 24hrs.
MENA reported a statement by the Sharm El-Sheik International Airport Director
Captain Yusri Gamal El-Din, that the airport had handled 104 incoming and outgoing
flights in the aforementioned period, including 3 incoming flights from Italy carrying 250
tourists. Captain Yusri added that the number of Russian tourists arriving in Sharm
El-Sheik had not been affected and that tour groups from Germany, Ukraine, Austria,
Holland, the UK and France had also arrived.
Egypt on Line. State Information Service.
Comité organizador Egipcio para la Copa Africana de Football 2006
ya tiene los precios para el evento del próximo año.
organizing committee for the 2006 African Cup has released ticket
prices for next year's showpiece event, local press reported
Thursday. The Local Organizing
Committee (LOC) for the 2006 African Cup of Nations fina
ls in Egypt said fans can buy individual tickets for matches or
collective tickets which will allow them to attend all the games
at a specific stadium. A
first-class ticket for nine matches, including the opening game
and final, at the Cairo Stadium will cost 156 US dollars, a
second-class ticket 35 US dollars and third-class ticket 16 US
dollars. At Cairo's Military
Academy stadium, which will stage eight matches, and Alexandria's
Harras Al-Hedoud stadium, a venue for seven games, the collective
tickets will be 9 US dollars, one dollar more than the price of
watching six games at the Port Said stadium. The cheapest
individual tickets for matches, providing the gamedoes not
involve Egypt, will cost 1.75 US dollars. And any fan wishing to
watch the hosts must pay a minimum of 2.50 US dollars. Football
fans in Egypt will be able to secure tickets on a first-served
basis by asking for tickets at any of the post offices located
around the country from August 15, and fans outside Egypt will be
able to purchase tickets through the internet. "Online
tickets will go on sale following the Nations Cup draw on 20
October," said LOC director Khaled Abdel-Aziz, "Africans
need to know which group they'll be playing in before buying
theirtickets." Fans can
buy match tickets on the day of a game but must request collective
tickets before December 15.
comienzan las Ferias de Turismo y Compras en Egipto
Tourism and Shopping Festival opens today
The eighth session of the Tourism and Shopping Festival begins today and will continue until 20 August.
The Ministers of Tourism Civil Aviation, Supply & Home Trade, and the
governors of Cairo and Giza will attend a press conference announcing the opening of
the festival. Participating are a large number of private sector companies, Egyptian and
Arab, from tourism and other sectors. EgyptAir, on this occasion, is offering a discount
on air fares worth 20 percent for Arab customers, with a 50 percent discount on the
weight of baggage. In related developments, the Sales Tax Authority made early
preparation for the festival, easing regulations for tax repayment for tourists leaving
Egypt. The tax offices of the Cairo, Giza, Hurghada, Alexandria, Ismailia, Marsa
Matrouh, Luxor, Al- Gharbiyah, Port Said, Assiut, Fayoum, Bani Sweif, Menia and Suez
governorates are participating in the festival and will allow tax repayment for goods with
a minimum cost of L.E500. Only goods that are completely or partially consumed
within Egypt are not covered by this measure, with the added proviso that tourists have
to present their passports and tax receipts for the items in question alongside Tax Form
Four. These documents have to be provided to the particular provincial customs
outlet in question, with the tourist refunded from the accounts of the Sales Tax
Authority. The deadline is three months from the time of purchase of the items in question.
Fuente: Egypt on Line. State
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de Egypt on Line. State Information Service.
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