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60 hotels in Nuweiba shut down

Total hotel capacity in Taba, Nuweiba at 15,000 rooms on the coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba with investments of more than EGP 15bn


Chairperson of the Nuweiba-Taba Investors Association Samy Soliman said that the low occupancy rates in the region drove over 60 hotels to shut down and stop working during the last three years.

He added that occupancies in the hotels that are still working ranges between 0-5%, noting that hotels in that area suffered huge losses in the past six years.

According to Soliman, the region is ready for different tourism patterns, including coastal, recreational, cultural, and safari trips.

He pointed out that the region can secure 200,000 jobs per year in the tourism sector if supported by promotion campaigns, considering the area’s proximity to Jordan and the Arab Gulf.

The total hotel capacity in the Taba and Nuweiba area is at about 15,000 rooms on the coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba, with investments of more than EGP 15bn.

One of the investors in the region, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the problems are increasing day after day in the region, driven by arrears owed by facilities to banks and suppliers.

He added that 97% of hotels closed their doors and laid off workers in the past few months.

Moreover, he noted that occupancy rates will improve with the improvement of the performance of hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh, adding that if occupancy rates hike in it, tourists look for other close destinations, such as Taba.

He said that the marketing campaign for tourism in South Sinai is completely focused on the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, with no marketing for other areas.

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  • Urgent action by the government is needed !

    The solution is to make Nuweiba the centre of the East Sinai Touristic Area consisting of Dahab, Nuweiba, St Catherine and Taba, with a current hotel capacity of over 20000 hotel beds and plans for a further 20000 hotel beds.

    The Ministries of Interior, Tourism and Foreign Affairs should make a joint action to convince western European countries that the area is safe for their tourists.

    Nuweiba already has its own ferry port with a new but totally underused passenger terminal and a new passenger airport with a runway of 2200 metres could be built close by, replacing the current defunct and poorly located airport at Nakb and serving the whole area, bringing all the hotels to less than 60 minutes drive from the new airport.

    The road refurbishments should be completed so that safe, well-maintained roads link the various towns, whilst bus companies such as Go-Bus should be encouraged to operate routes such as Taba – Nuweiba – Dahab – Sharm – Cairo and Taba – Nuweiba – St Catherine – Cairo.

    http://www.nuweiba-airport.com

  • Help us improve bus services in the area and increase tourism numbers by bringing Go Bus to Nuweiba, St Catherine and Taba !

    Please sign this petition and share it with all who you know !

    https://www.change.org/p/go-bus-bring-go-bus-to-nuweiba-st-catherine-taba?

    A Go Bus service from Taba-Nuweiba-Dahab-Cairo and also from Taba-Nuweiba-St Catherine-Cairo will enable a substantial boost in tourism for the area !

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/09/60-hotels-nuweiba-shut/
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