Tourism – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 21 May 2019 11:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Forgotten sites in El Gamaleya District https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/21/forgotten-sites-in-el-gamaleya-district/ Tue, 21 May 2019 11:00:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698643 Visitors have to inter into El Gamaleya district through Bab El-Nasr gate, and on the right side after entering, people see Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay.

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El Gamaleya District is one of the main historical areas in Cairo. This area has traces of Islamic civilisation from the Mamluk era. Although this area has many historical sites, however El Gamaleya district is best known only for Al-Mu’izz street–yet there are many forgotten places in this district.

It is said that El Gamaleya is named after prince “Jamal al-Din Mahmud al-Istdar” due to the school built by him in 1409 AH. That school was one of the greatest schools in Cairo. Al-Istdar  was a Mamluk prince from the reign of the Burji Mamluks. The Burji dynasty was a Circassian Mamluk dynasty which ruled Egypt, in the Mamluk Sultanate.

Visitors have to inter into El Gamaleya district through Bab El-Nasr gate, and on the right side after entering, people see Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay.

Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay

The Wakala was an inn built by Sultan Qaytbay in 1481 AH, and it was called the dishisha inn which translated into English is crushed corn or barley. People named the inn dishisha because after the pilgrimage season, Qaytbay built the inn and decided that with all the profits, he would buy crushed corn or barley and distribute it to the poor.

Khanaqah Baybars al-Jashankir and the worst months for Egypt

Baybars al-Jashankir was a Circassian Mamluk of Sultan Qalawun. Baybars’s name is a Turkish-Mongolian name, which stands for cosen by the Lord, and his title was al-Jashankir which described his job in Persian, as Jashnkir means food connoisseur, He was the Mamluk prince who tastes the sultan’s food to make sure it is not poisoned.

Al-Jashankir ruled Egypt in 1308 AH for a period of nine months, which were the worst months for Egypt. Nile flooding had declined, leading to lack of planting due therefore non-existent taxes. The Khanaqah is equal to the university nowadays. The Khanaqah was described as the most beautiful Khanaqah in Cairo. The Khanaqah and the golden Quran which currently located in England are the only archaeological monuments left by the Sultan Baybars. The Khanaqah had a kitchen which distributed on a daily basis meat, rice, bread, and sweets to the Sufis and the poor living there.

Bayt Al-Suhaymi and marriage proposal

This place has a different story, it is said that in the house, there is a Mashrabiya overlooking the courtyard of the house and when a groom comes to propose to one of the girls in this house, she will look at him from the Mashrabiya and if she accepts his proposal she will throw her handkerchief as a sign of approval.

The house is an old Ottoman era house, built by Abdel Wahab el Tablawy in 1648.

Wekalet Bazaraa, is the reason why coffee is associated with Egyptian funerals

Wekalet Bazaraa was built in Egypt during Ottoman era in the 17th century by Hassan Kutkhda. This Wekala was for selling wood. Then Muhammad Bazaraa bought Wekalet Kikhya, Bazaraa was a coffee merchant, so he dedicated it for the sale of Nabulsi soap and Yemeni coffee.

At that time, people loved coffee and drank it in excess, which made scholars issue a fatwa prohibiting coffee.

The traders demonstrated against the judge, and many traders died during the clashes between the judge and the merchants. So, the ruler changed the judge who permitted drinking coffee so people drank coffee during the funeral of the traders. From here on Egyptians got used to drinking coffee in funerals.

The seat of Prince Mamay al-Sifi or Bayt el Aady, the judge’s house

The seat is part of the palace of Prince Mamay al-Sifi, which was built in 1469 AH. The prince was responsible for the army’s weapons in Sultan Qaytbay region.

The length of the seat is 32m and the ceiling height is 1,120m. The prince used to sit in this place to watch the military parade.

Then the seat was named after the judge’s house because it became the judges’ headquarters during the period of the French occupation.

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Egypt ranks 4th among top nationalities visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/18/egypt-ranks-4th-among-top-nationalities-visiting-saudi-arabia-for-umrah/ Sat, 18 May 2019 21:47:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698382 The ministry revealed that the Saudi Arabia’s Umrah index monitored 7.2m visa issuances until last Thursday, bringing the total number of arrivals to 6.6 million pilgrims.

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Egypt ranked fourth in terms of the world’s top nationalities that visit Saudi Arabia last week to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage), estimated at 510,119 pilgrims until 11 Ramadan (16 May), according to the cumulative statistics of the weekly Umrah Index of the ministry of hajj and umrah in Saudi Arabia.

As the holy month of Ramadan is the month of purifying the soul and body, many Muslims across the world prefer to perform Umrah during Ramadan, as it is considered equal to the Hajj (greater pilgrimage) in reward, which makes this month a high season for Umrah.

The ministry revealed that the Saudi Arabia’s Umrah index monitored 7.2m visa issuances until last Thursday, bringing the total number of arrivals to 6.6 million pilgrims.

It disclosed that Pakistan is still the top Umrah pilgrims, with 1.454 million pilgrims, followed by Indonesia with 922,018 Umrah pilgrims.

“Meanwhile, India ranked third in terms of the top nationalities which visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah with 621,742 pilgrims,” according to the ministry’s index.

Furthermore, in the fifth place comes Algeria with 325,744 Umrah pilgrims, while in the sixth place comes Yemen with 305,264 Umrah performers, followed by Turkey with 296,802, and then Malaysia with 265,924 Umrah performers.

Finally, Iraq ranked ninth with 250,780 Umrah pilgrims, followed by Jordan with 184,110 pilgrims.

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Egyptian museums’ revenues increase by 70.5% in 2018: CAPMAS https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/18/egyptian-museums-revenues-increase-by-70-5-in-2018-capmas/ Sat, 18 May 2019 21:45:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698328 On the occasion of International Museums Day, CAPMAS said on Saturday that the number of Egyptian museums declined to 34 museums in 2018, down from 35 in 2017.

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Egypt’s historical sites and museums generated about EGP 169.02m in revenue last year, compared to EGP 99.13m in 2017, an increase of 70.5%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

On the occasion of International Museums Day, CAPMAS said on Saturday that the number of Egyptian museums declined to 34 museums in 2018, down from 35 in 2017.

The International Museums Day was adopted by the International Council of Museums since 1977 and is observed on 18 May every year.

This celebration aims to enhance the relationship between museum and the community, with a belief that the museum is not just a building to preserve treasures of historical and cultural heritage, but has become an important scientific centre which contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and science, especially in the most developed countries.

This year celebration is under the slogan of “Museums as Cultural Hubs…the Future of Tradition.”

The CAPMAS also disclosed in its press release that the number of visitors for the historical sites and museums in Egypt recorded 2.845 million people in 2018, up from 2.361 million in 2017, an increase of 20.5%.

In all likelihood, the museums’ revenues are expected to further increase in 2020 after the anticipated inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which will be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world, and will attract many tourists from around the world, featuring a total of 100,000 artefacts that are being restored to be displayed in the museum.

GEM is built on an area of 117 feddan, and its construction began in May 2005. It will include 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artefact restoration centre in the world.

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Italian tourists to Egypt grow by 40% in 2019: Al-Mashat https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/14/italian-tourists-to-egypt-grow-by-40-in-2019-al-mashat/ Tue, 14 May 2019 19:20:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=698142 The number of Italian tourists to Egypt this year increased by 40%, in comparison to 2018, the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said on Monday, however she did not reveal the exact number of Italian tourists in 2019. Al-Mashat received a media delegation from Italy on Saturday, following a conference organised by the ministry to …

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The number of Italian tourists to Egypt this year increased by 40%, in comparison to 2018, the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said on Monday, however she did not reveal the exact number of Italian tourists in 2019.

Al-Mashat received a media delegation from Italy on Saturday, following a conference organised by the ministry to announce the launch of the second series of a documentary produced by the Italian media group MediaSet on ancient Egypt.

During her meeting with the Italian media delegation, the minister said the political stability in Egypt has contributed toward increasing the tourist inflows to Egypt from all over the world, especially from Italy.

Al-Mashat referred to the depth of Egyptian-Italian relations, and the presence of a lot of Italian investment projects in Egypt and vice versa.

“For Italy, Egypt is one of the most important strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa region at all levels, as one of the most attractive countries to invest in, in the Euro-Mediterranean region,” according to the State Information Service.

“Italian tourists are interested in beach tourism, and they are increasingly interested in Egyptian cultural tourism,” the minister disclosed.

The minister’s meeting came two days after the conference organised by the ministry of tourism to announce the launch of the new season of a documentary series produced by the largest media group in Italy named Mediaset, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, which aims to present the secrets of ancient Egyptian civilisation.

The minister of tourism noted that for the first time the ministry established an integrated programme of structural reform, launched last November, in order to develop the Egyptian tourism sector, which is based on promoting tourism to Egypt.

Furthermore, Al-Mashat assured that the ministry’s new strategy depends on using modern technology, and modernising the means of promoting tourism to Egypt.

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Ministry of Tourism promotes Egyptian monuments in Italy https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/12/ministry-of-tourism-promotes-egyptian-monuments-in-italy/ Sun, 12 May 2019 20:15:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697900 The Italian television will start presenting on 22 May a number of documentary films, which will present the pyramids and the history of Egyptian civilisation, as part of the promotion campaigns of the ministry of tourism in order to promote Egyptian tourist destinations and to attract more tourists toward Egypt, according to Egyptian Minister of …

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The Italian television will start presenting on 22 May a number of documentary films, which will present the pyramids and the history of Egyptian civilisation, as part of the promotion campaigns of the ministry of tourism in order to promote Egyptian tourist destinations and to attract more tourists toward Egypt, according to Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat.

Her remarks came during the launch ceremony of the new season of documentary series produced by the Italian media group MediaSet-the largest media group in Italy-on the secrets of ancient Egyptian civilisation, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.

Al-Mashat revealed that the films will be broadcasted in the Freedom-Oltre Il Confine programme, which is hosted by the famous Italian broadcaster Roberto Giacobbo, who has been presenting his adventures in the archaeological areas of Pharaonic Egypt for the past 23 years.

Furthermore, Al-Mashat expressed her happiness with the great success achieved by the first season of the programme, which disclosed some secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Notably, the first season was broadcasted during the period from 28 December 2018 up to 14 February 2019, consisting of 12 episodes which received the highest ratings among the channels of the Italian state television Rai, Mediaset. Meanwhile, the average rate of viewing ranged from one and a half to five million views per episode, according to the Italian channel.

“Subsequently, it was agreed to shoot another series of episodes on Egypt, including more than 13 new episodes filmed in Aswan, Abu Simbel, Abidos, Sohag, Luxor, Giza, and Saqqara,” the minister divulged.

For his part, Giacobbo explained that in light of the increasing desire of the Italian viewer to learn more about the new secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, the programme devoted a new section, namely “special permits” in its new season, noting that the new season was filmed in places which are considered unknown to tourists.

“Among, these places Osiris in the temple of Abydos and the well of Osiris in the pyramids area, as well as the tomb of the ambassador who wrote peace agreement terms with the Hittites during the reign of Ramses II,” the Italian presenter explained.

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Egyptian Travel Agents Accusation reports 18 violating companies to Umrah rules https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/11/egyptian-travel-agents-accusation-reports-18-violating-companies-to-umrah-rules/ Sat, 11 May 2019 18:26:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697794 Egyptian Travel Agents Accusation (ETAA) presented a memorandum to the minister of tourism for cancelling the membership of 18 travel agencies not only from the chamber’s membership, but also from the Egyptian Tourism Federation due to their violation of Article 9 of Law No 38 for 1968, according to a Saturday press statement. The violating …

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Egyptian Travel Agents Accusation (ETAA) presented a memorandum to the minister of tourism for cancelling the membership of 18 travel agencies not only from the chamber’s membership, but also from the Egyptian Tourism Federation due to their violation of Article 9 of Law No 38 for 1968, according to a Saturday press statement.

The violating companies issued Umrah (minor Islamic pilgrimage) e-visas for customers without receiving the ministry of tourism’s approval, thus the chamber decided to halt all forms of services provided to these companies.

The ETAA explained in the memorandum that these companies have violated the law and harmed the national economy.

It has contacted major international companies specialised in electronic platforms to cope with the technological development adopted by Saudi Arabia in terms of e-visa issuance.

The ETAA announced holding a meeting of the chamber’s general assembly with the religious tourism committee and other committees to discuss implementing an electronic platform for Hajj (pilgrimage) and Umrah.

Last month, the Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah affirmed no Umrah visas shall be issued for Egyptians without the ministry of tourism’s approval.

The ministry stressed that violating agencies will be subjected to penalties.

At that time, the ministry explained that it will authorise air, sea, and land port delegations to ensure that tourism companies comply with the Umrah regulations, pointing out that it will also inform the national committee for Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia with these regulations.

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Egypt’s hotel market sees average 34% RevPAR growth in Q1 of 2019 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/11/egypts-hotel-market-sees-average-34-revpar-growth-in-q1-of-2019/ Sat, 11 May 2019 18:24:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697792 Egyptian markets, such as Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Alexandria, continue to experience strong growth in performance levels, according to the Colliers’ MENA hotel full-year forecast 2019 report. “In the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, these markets saw an average Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) growth of 34% compared to the same period last year. …

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Egyptian markets, such as Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Alexandria, continue to experience strong growth in performance levels, according to the Colliers’ MENA hotel full-year forecast 2019 report.

“In the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, these markets saw an average Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) growth of 34% compared to the same period last year. Travel sentiment from most source markets is now relatively relaxed resulting in a surge in demand,” Colliers said.

Furthermore, Colliers forecasts for Egyptian markets continue to be strong. Major Egyptian markets are forecasted to see an average RevPAR growth of 21% in 2019, in comparison to last year.

The report said that Cairo’s hotels are forecasted to witness a 99% RevPAR growth for the full-year, with an occupancy rate of 79%, while Alexandria’s hotels are expected to witness an increase of around 69% in RevPAR, and an occupancy rate of 83% for the full year forecast, the report read.

Sharm El-Sheikh’s hotels are projected to witness a 30% RevPAR growth for the full-year forecast, meanwhile, Hurghada is expected to record a 42% growth in RevPAR for the same period, the report further noted.

Regarding the Abu Dhabi hotel market, it has experienced healthy performance levels in Q1 of 2019. Abu Dhabi beach and city hotels achieved an average 10% RevPAR growth, compared to the same period last year.

Moreover, the hotel market in Abu Dhabi is forecasted to see an average RevPAR growth of 4% in 2019, compared to last year.

In Q1 of 2019, the Beirut hotel market has seen strong growth in performance with double digit growth in RevPAR. Increasing performance levels can be attributed to the growing number of European tourists. French tourists top the list followed by the German and British. The market is forecasted to see a RevPAR growth of 9% in full year 2019.

On the other hand, the Jeddah hotel market has experienced a slight decrease in RevPAR in the full-year forecast to record 163%. Meanwhile, the hotel market in Makkah witnessed the same decrease to reach 102% in RevPAR in the mentioned period.

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Disney selects Egypt among itinerary countries in 2020 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/08/disney-selects-egypt-among-itinerary-countries-in-2020/ Wed, 08 May 2019 18:33:01 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697569 The Disney Park Blog, the official platform of the world’s biggest Disney resorts worldwide, announced the addition of Egypt to the list of the visited countries planned to have an itinerary in 2020. The trip, planned to start taking place within a year, is to offer participants “a truly once-in-a-lifetime vacation, filled with the irresistible …

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The Disney Park Blog, the official platform of the world’s biggest Disney resorts worldwide, announced the addition of Egypt to the list of the visited countries planned to have an itinerary in 2020.

The trip, planned to start taking place within a year, is to offer participants “a truly once-in-a-lifetime vacation, filled with the irresistible combination of ancient mysteries, modern luxuries, and exceptional Disney,” according to the official blog. Doors for reservations open mid-May. Visitors are to stay at Cairo’s fascinating Nile Ritz-Carlton.

The trip includes a tour to Old Cairo, where visitors get the chance to see the Muhammad Ali Mosque, built in honour of the Ottoman ruler’s eldest son, and the Saladin Citadel of Cairo. It also includes special-guided tours in the Giza Plateau, for the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid’s Grand Gallery and King’s Chamber, as well as a special tour at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Old Cairo is not to be missed on this trip, according to the blog. Khan El-Khalili takes a part of the trip with a glance to see the “major souk,” or marketplace. Aside from the myriad of merchandise and souvenirs, you will find a bevy of old cafes, one of which dates back to 1797.

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Egypt, CNN sign partnership to promote tourism in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/08/egypt-cnn-sign-partnership-to-promote-tourism-in-egypt/ Wed, 08 May 2019 18:05:23 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697563 The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has partnered with the international CNN network to implement an international tourism campaign aiming to present Egypt in a contemporary and modern perspective through using an innovative mix of television platforms, digital media, and social networking sites. The new partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the CNN which …

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has partnered with the international CNN network to implement an international tourism campaign aiming to present Egypt in a contemporary and modern perspective through using an innovative mix of television platforms, digital media, and social networking sites.

The new partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the CNN which was launched in May, will create content that will attract the CNN’s various platforms viewers on a global scale to visit Egypt.

The main objective of the campaign is to continue to drive the growth and development of the Egyptian tourism sector, as well as to highlight the diversity of Egypt’s touristic destinations.

This campaign was designed in line with the vision of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, in order to develop the sector and make it more sustainable.


The campaign aims to target a wide range of tourists from various tourism markets including Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Furthermore, the campaign will benefit from the audience of the CNN who are interested in travel and tourism, representing 66% of the CNN’s audience, while 50% of them travel globally each year.

For her part, Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, stated that the diversity in the promotional platforms and the marketing mechanisms of Egypt is one of the main axes of the structural reform programme in order to develop the Egyptian tourism sector, so as to present a contemporary and non-stereotypical image of Egyptian destinations with a focus on mixing the beauty of Egypt with the generosity of Egyptians.

She described the generosity of Egyptians as the most distinguished aspect of the tourism sector in the country.

“The Egyptian tourism sector has great potential, and we have launched this partnership with CNN through its multiple platforms to highlight all the tourism products that Egypt can offer,” Al-Mashat added.

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Travelstart won Amadeus’ Egypt 2018 Cup of Excellence https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/05/travelstart-won-amadeus-egypt-2018-cup-of-excellence/ Sun, 05 May 2019 20:13:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697238 Amadeus honours number of air lines including EgyptAir

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Travelstart, the online flights booking specialist, won the 2018 Cup of Excellence and leadership during the annual ceremony organised by Amadeus Egypt.

Meanwhile, Amadeus honoured a number of airlines including EgyptAir, Emirates, Saudi Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, and Nile Air.

For her part, Paulina Klotzbucher, managing director and chief digital officer of Travelstart commented on the honouring saying that the recognition was the result of a great effort made by Travelstart to consolidate its position in the Arab and African market, which has been well deserved since entering this market in 2014.

She added that the honouring encouraged Travelstart to announce a new programme of rewards and prices for their customers for a month from today which means till the feast of breaking the Ramadan fast.

Travelstart has announced that the awards and rewards programme is starting to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, especially as this month is characterised by noble values of giving and generosity, thus Travelstart decided to share its successes with its partners in success by offering a chance to win free airline tickets for travel lovers to travel around the world.

“In addition, Travelstart has announced discount vouchers and gifts for customers who visit their website or flight booking application “Flapp” as well as on social network such as: Facebook and Twitter, and all who register through our various platforms,” Klotzbucher continued.

Travelstart has suggested to its customers a visit to Cairo, Dubai, Beirut, Manama, Muscat, and Istanbul during Ramadan, as well as our summer destinations such as: London, Manila, Bangkok, Paris, and Amsterdam.

Mehmet Altuğ Uluceviz, satellite markets manager, has confirmed that many surprises await its current and new customers, registering on their above mentioned platforms starting from today until the feast.

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Egypt to become most important tourist destination in 2020: Adventures by Disney https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/04/egypt-to-become-most-important-tourist-destination-in-2020-adventures-by-disney/ Sat, 04 May 2019 17:59:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697082 Egypt is to become most important tourist destination by 2020, according to  Adventures by Disney, one of the most important global travel websites. The site speaks about the experience that a tourist can have in Egypt, calling on its followers to enjoy the beauty of Pharaonic Egypt, talking about a three-part tour featuring adventures by …

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Egypt is to become most important tourist destination by 2020, according to  Adventures by Disney, one of the most important global travel websites.

The site speaks about the experience that a tourist can have in Egypt, calling on its followers to enjoy the beauty of Pharaonic Egypt, talking about a three-part tour featuring adventures by land, river, and sea.

It discussed visiting ancient monuments with the expert guidance of a world-class Egyptologist, including visits to the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza; the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb; the temples of Luxor, Kom Ombo, Horus at Edfu, Philae, and Karnak.

It also suggested having a three-night cruise along the Nile river with premium accommodations and themed entertainment, followed by a two-night stay at a luxurious beachside resort in Sharm El-Sheikh, including a full day snorkelling excursion on a private boat to visit the famous coral reefs of the Red Sea.

The website also mentioned visiting the brand-new Grand Egyptian Museum, which will be inaugurated to the public in 2020.

Noteworthy, Last year saw strong growth for Egyptian travel and tourism as it became the fastest-growing country in North Africa, growing by 16.5% – second only to Ethiopia when reviewing the whole continent- according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism.

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Cultural tourism represents 30% of Arab tourist inflow to Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/04/cultural-tourism-represents-30-of-arab-tourist-inflow-to-egypt/ Sat, 04 May 2019 16:30:08 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=697070 Average expenditure of Arab tourists is three times size of European tourists

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Cultural tourism as a unique and distinctive tourism product has not yet received a fair share from the volume of Arab tourist inflow to Egypt, representing only 30%, according to Mohamed Osman, chairperson of the tourism marketing and promotion committee in Upper Egypt.

He added that the Arab travel market in Egypt has a volume of $2.5bn, noting that the average expenditure of Arab tourists is three times the size of the European tourists.

Regarding Egypt’s participation in the Arab travel Forum (ATM) which was held from 28 April to 1 May, he stated that the general objective of the participation is to increase and revitalise the tourism movement to Egypt in general, and to re-launch the cultural tourism product to Arab tourists, in addition to attracting a new segment of Arab tourists to the cultural tourist destinations, especially the city of Luxor, which contains one third of the world’s monuments.

He noted that Luxor has entertainment products such as the balloon flights, in addition to archaeological visits.

Osman asserted that Egypt’s current presence in the forum was a new door of hope in the sphere of expanding the volume of tourism revenues.

Noteworthy, the ATM forum is considered as one of the most important tourism events in the world concerning international tourism traffic coming into the Middle East.

Egypt participated in this year’s ATM edition with a 600m pavilion, which is comprised of 56 participants, including 30 tourism companies, and 22 hotels, in addition to a pavilion for EgyptAir, another pavilion for the Air Cairo company, as well as a pavilion for the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers.

Moreover, the Chairperson of the tourism marketing and promotion committee in Upper Egypt, assured that the tourism file is supported by the Egyptian political leadership, praising the fact that the minister of tourism is working to represent a new image of Egyptian tourism.

He explained that the Minister is trying to portray Egypt not only as a prime touristic destination, but also shed light on the diversity of the Egyptian people by showcasing Egyptians who master various disciplines to include art, sports, music, and culinary activities.

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Egypt to participate in World Tourism Forum https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/05/01/egypt-to-participate-in-world-tourism-forum/ Wed, 01 May 2019 16:22:29 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696993 Al-Mashat to discuss with College of Hotel Management in Lucerne means to raise Egyptian tourism sector employees’ efficiency

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The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat announced on Tuesday that she is heading to Switzerland, to participate in the World Tourism Forum, which will take place from 2 to 3 May 2019 in Lucerne, Switzerland, under the theme ‘Human Capital in the Age of Creative Innovation.’

Noteworthy, this year’s forum will bring together over 500 participants including tourism ministries, tourism leaders, investors, and policy makers worldwide, as well as academic professors, and young entrepreneurs.

This is the sixth session of the forum, which is considered as a platform where senior decision-makers from the government, academia, and finance will participate to discuss the future of tourism challenges globally.

Al-Mashat stressed the importance of Egypt’s participation in this forum, which is considered an advantageous and important platform for exchanging experiences and common concerns toward achieving sustainable growth in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors on a global scale.

In addition, she noted that this participation comes in line with the ministry of tourism’s vision to achieve sustainable tourism development, pointing out that Switzerland is considered as one of the most important countries famous for its tourism schools and hotel universities.

According to the minister, the forum will focus on enhancing technological innovation and digital solutions to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism sector by discussing successful models of governments and emerging companies which have adapted digital transformation in tourism.

Moreover, she asserted that the use of modern technology in tourism is one of the main pillars of the fifth axis of Egypt`s structural reform programme.

Additionally, she explained that the main objective of this programme is to promote Egypt as an environmental and sustainable development destination, and to encourage innovation and digital solutions in order to enhance the sector’s competitiveness.

During Egypt’s participation in the forum, the minister of tourism will visit the College of Hotel Management in Lucerne, which is one of the most important educational institutions in the field of hospitality and tourism in the world, to discuss means of cooperation in order to raise the efficiency of employees in the Egyptian tourism sector.

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Egypt to particpate in Arab Travel Market Forum https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/27/egypt-to-particpate-in-arab-travel-market-forum/ Sat, 27 Apr 2019 19:07:47 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696855 The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat announced on Saturday that she is heading to Dubai with a delegation from the tourism private and government sector, to particpate n the Arab travel Forum (ATM) which will be held from 28 April to 1 May. In addition, she is scheduled to hold several meetings during the participation …

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The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat announced on Saturday that she is heading to Dubai with a delegation from the tourism private and government sector, to particpate n the Arab travel Forum (ATM) which will be held from 28 April to 1 May.

In addition, she is scheduled to hold several meetings during the participation in this forum with partners in the Arab market.

Al Mashat stressed the importance of Egypt’s participation in this forum, which is considered one of the most important international tourism forums, especially in the Middle East, pointing out that this participation comes in light of the ministry’s strategy to attract more Arab tourism into Egypt, which is of great significance as it is one of the most important markets.

The minister added that Egypt is an important destination for Arab tourists for many reasons, most of which are the close distance and unity of language, customs and traditions, pointing out that the Arab tourist in Egypt feels as if they are in in their second home, equally the same feeling of Egyptians toward their brothers from Arab countries.

Moreover, Al-Mashat highlighted that this forum will provide a good opportunity to effectively communicate with professional partners in the Arab market, in addition to exchanging experiences and discussing means of promoting joint tourism to increase the movement of Arab tourism toward Egypt.

Noteworthy, the ATM forum is one of the most important tourism events in the world with regard to the international tourism traffic coming to the Middle East.

Egypt is participating in this year ATM edition with a 600m pavilion, which is comprised of 56 participants, including 30 tourism companies, and 22 hotels, in addition to a pavilion for EgyptAir, another pavilion for the Air Cairo company, as well as a pavilion for the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers.

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No Egyptians to travel for Umrah without Ministry of Tourism approval: Supreme Committee for Hajj, Umrah https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/24/no-egyptians-to-travel-for-umrah-without-ministry-of-tourism-approval-supreme-committee-for-hajj-umrah/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:53:10 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696745 The Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah (lower lesser pilgrimage), confirmed that no Egyptian citizens will travel for the Umrah without taking the ministry of tourism’s approval. The committee announced on Wednesday during its meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, that it has taken a number of decisions to protect the market. The …

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The Supreme Committee for Hajj and Umrah (lower lesser pilgrimage), confirmed that no Egyptian citizens will travel for the Umrah without taking the ministry of tourism’s approval.

The committee announced on Wednesday during its meeting with the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, that it has taken a number of decisions to protect the market.

The meeting was held on Tuesday evening with the aim of discussing the results of issuing Saudi e-Umrah visas and obtaining some of them without the approval of the ministry of tourism, as well as a number of companies obtaining Umrah visas for Egyptian citizens residing outside Egypt.

For its part, the ministry of tourism declared in a press statement that it added a new regulation for the controls of the Umrah, which were approved at the beginning of the current season, which obligates companies organising Umrah trips to send the number of Umrah passengers to the Chamber of Tourism companies and get the chamber’s approval first, after which the approvals will be sent to the ministry of tourism in order to get the general security’s approval on the passenger list, stamped with Egypt’s logo.

Furthermore, these approvals will be handed over to the ministry’s committees in airports and ports.

The ministry stressed that if the companies which organise Umrah trips neglect this procedure, it would be considered a legal violation, requiring the implementation of sanctions.

Moreover, the ministry explained that it will authorise air, sea and land port delegations to ensure that tourism companies comply with the Umrah regulations and note any violators, pointing out that it will also charge the Chamber of Tourism companies to address the national committee for Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia to commit to the Egyptian Umrah regulations. It will also call upon it to grant Egyptian companies the number of Umrah visas specified for each company during Ramadan, and to coordinate with the ministry of civil aviation, in order to ensure that all airspace companies that will carry the pilgrims will not issue any tickets to any tourist company which is not committed to the Umrah rules.

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Japanese tourists to Egypt increase by 40% in first 3 months of 2019: Ambassador https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/22/japanese-tourists-to-egypt-increase-by-40-in-first-3-months-of-2019-ambassador/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:21:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696535 If this trend continues, number of Japanese tourists would be over 50,000 by end of 2019

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The number of Japanese tourists coming to Egypt hiked by roughly 40% during the first three months of 2019, Masaki Noke, Japanese ambassador to Egypt told Daily News Egypt during an interview.

“I’m not sure if this trend will continue throughout this year. But if this trend continues, the number of Japanese tourists would be over 50,000 by end of 2019,” he continued.

Noke explained that the number of Japanese tourists that visited Egypt in 2017 reached about 32,000, while last year it increased to 41,000.

He revealed that the number of Japanese tourists increased quite rapidly by 75% in the period from 2016 to 2017, meanwhile the number rose 30% in the period from 2017 to 2018.

“And finally, this year the number of Japanese tourists visiting Egypt hiked by 40% during the first three months of 2019, so I would hope this positive trend would continue.” Noke elaborated.

The ambassador ensured that Egypt has a wonderful tourism presence which will excite tourists from all over the world including Japanese tourists.

In terms of the procedures that the government has to take in order to boost Japanese tourism movement into Egypt, the ambassador asserted the need to increase the number of Egyptian direct flights between Japan and Egypt, noting that the number of Egyptian direct flights between Japan and Egypt is limited.

He elaborated that last December, Egyptian airlines increased direct flights between Japan and Egypt, from once a week to twice a week.

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Average spending of tourists in Luxor during current season amounts to $70 per night: Osman https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/21/average-spending-of-tourists-in-luxor-during-current-season-amounts-to-70-per-night-osman/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:30:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696446 Expected to reach $120 next October, says Chairperson of Marketing, Promotion Committee in Upper Egypt

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The average tourist spending in Egypt increased during the current season compared to previous seasons, reaching close to $70 per night, up from between $20, $30 during the period after the 25 January Revolution, Mohamed Osman, chairperson of the tourism marketing and promotion committee in Upper Egypt stated to Daily News Egypt.

He added during the celebrations of the World Heritage Day, that the new archaeological discoveries, in addition to the cooperation between both ministries of antiquities, and tourism, sheds a positive shadow on the sector during the coming period.

The World Heritage Day is an international day for monuments and sites celebrated each year on 18 April since it was approved by the UNESCO in 1983.

He mentioned that there are some challenges which must be addressed in order to achieve better progress and increase the volume of tourist movement, including that there is a shortage in the transport capacity in Upper Egypt.

Osman further explained that the transport capacity in Upper Egypt represents only 35% from the total transport capacity that should work to receive the incoming tourists.

“This problem can be addressed through allowing the import of 3 years-used (from the manufacturing date) Tourist buses,” he continued.

On Thursday, Egypt started the World Heritage Day activities by announcing a newly discovered massive 3,500-year-old tomb with 18 entrance gates at the necropolis on the west riverbank in Luxor.

Celebrating the World Heritage Day, the ministry of antiquities unveiled a 60-tonne, 12-metre-tall statue of ancient Egyptian King Ramses II after its restoration and re-erection, standing next to five other statues at the pylon of Luxor Temple on the east riverbank.

Later on Friday, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, and Ministry of Tourism inaugurated the Opet Temple for the first time for visitors on Friday after its recent restoration at Karnak Temple Complex on the Nile river’s east bank in Upper Egypt’s monument-rich province of Luxor.

In that context, Osman called for reconsidering opening the west riverbank in Luxor for visitors at night, especially after it was lighted at a cost of approximately EGP 700m.

He pointed out that the current security situation in Egypt is very good, noting that inaugurating the visits for the west riverbank in night will increase its revenues by 70% compared to the current income from the west riverbank’s visits.

Osman also called for the importance of considering the operation of the desert roads between Luxor, and Hurghada, also between Luxor, and Marsa Alam, as well as the desert road between Aswan and Luxor, assuring that they are all roads that are similar to those in Europe.

He explained that the agricultural road that is now used has been built over half a century ago and has around 150 speed bumps, thus the one trip exceeds six hours, which makes the trip too exhausting for tourists.

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Cultural tourism in Egypt thrives due to archaeological discoveries: Al-Mashat https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/20/cultural-tourism-in-egypt-thrives-due-to-archaeological-discoveries-al-mashat/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:07:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=696323 Tourism Ministry cooperates with all ministries to apply various axes of tourism structural reform programme

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Cultural tourism globally is witnessing a decline, however, in Egypt, this type of tourism is thriving due to ongoing archaeological discoveries, the Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat told Daily News Egypt on Friday.

Al-Mashat added that new discoveries reflect the genius of the Pharaohs, ensuring that

sustainable tourism is not just about places, but is also about the people and communities living in those locations.

In that context, she talked also about the People to People (P2P) campaign that was launched by the ministry of tourism, stating that this campaign portrays Egypt, not only as a prime touristic destination, but also sheds the light on the diversity of the Egyptian people by showcasing Egyptians who master various disciplines to include art, sports, music, and culinary activities.

“The P2P intends to shift tourists’ perceptions on the one hand, and encourage community engagement on the other hand,” Al-Mashat explained, adding, “My ultimate objective as the minister of tourism is to eventually have at least one individual from each Egyptian household working either directly or indirectly in the tourism sector, “

  

Her remarks came during her visit to Luxor whilst celebrating the World Heritage Day, which is an international day for monuments and sites celebrated each year on 18 April since it was approved by the UNESCO in 1983.

On Thursday, Egypt started the World Heritage Day activities by announcing a newly discovered massive 3,500-year-old tomb with 18 entrance gates at the necropolis on the west riverbank in Luxor.

Celebrating the World Heritage Day, the ministry of antiquities unveiled a 60-tonne, 12-metre-tall statue of the ancient Egyptian King Ramses II after its restoration and re-erection, standing next to five other statues at the Luxor Temple pylon on the east riverbank.

Later on Friday, the Egyptian Ministries of Antiquities and Tourism inaugurated the Opet Temple for the first time for visitors on Friday, after its recent restoration at the Karnak Temple Complex on the Nile river’s east bank in monument-rich province of Luxor in Upper Egypt.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anany, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, several parliamentarians, celebrities, public figures, and 21 ambassadors.

In that context, Al-Mashat expressed her happiness about the cooperation between the ministries of tourism and antiquities, assuring that tourism and archaeology are two sides of the same coin, and praised the efforts made in the field of archaeological discoveries.

She mentioned that this form of file management between the two ministries is important for cultural tourism, as at the end the goal of the two ministries is to increase and enrich cultural tourism in Egypt.

Al-Mashat determined that the presence of the prime minister in the celebration is the best evidence for the government’s support of the tourism and antiques sector in Egypt.

Furthermore, she confirmed that the tourism structural reform programme is at the ministry’s top priorities , and that currently the ministry is cooperating with all the ministries in order to implement all the different axes of the tourism structural reform programme.

In addition, the ministry of tourism in January set a programme for structural reform, aiming to achieve sustainable development, in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals.

She highlighted that United Nations World Tourism Organization praised Egypt’s structural reform programme, and considered it as a model that could be implemented in other countries.

Moreover, Al-Mashat also mentioned that for the first time Egypt won the World Travel Tourism Council Global Champion award at the 2019 Global Summit in Seville, Spain, for its significant leadership role in promoting tourism resilience.

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Major Egyptian tourism markets’ RevPAR to grow by 18% in 2019: Colliers https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/08/major-egyptian-tourism-markets-revpar-to-grow-by-18-in-2019-colliers/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 19:55:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695398 Four cities witnessed RevPAR growth of 39% in first two months of current year

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The major Egyptian tourism markets are forecasted to achieve an 18% growth in revenues per available rooms (RevPAR) in 2019, in comparison to last year, according a recent statement of Colliers International.

Cities such as Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Alexandria saw an average RevPAR growth of 39% in the first two months of 2019, compared to the same period last year, following the positive trend of the last twelve months, noted the statement.

Travel sentiment from most source markets is now relatively relaxed resulting in a surge in demand, said the statement, affirming that forecasts for the Egyptian markets continue to be strong.

In 2018, Egypt’s travel and tourism sector continued its impressive growth by 16.5%, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) data, ahead of the global average of 3.9%, the WTTC said in a press release recently.

“This growth has been linked to the hugely improved security infrastructure, which has helped to attract international visitors back to Egypt’s shores, and has allowed major global travel companies to restart operations in popular destinations and increase their business in new tourist developments on the coasts of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean,” the WTTC added.

Moreover, Abu Dhabi’s market has experienced healthy performance levels in the first two months of 2019, with Abu Dhabi beach and city hotels experiencing an average RevPAR growth of 12%, compared to the same period last year, said Colliers’ statement.

The beach hotels in Abu Dhabi are forecasted to see an average RevPAR growth of 3% in 2019 in comparison to last year, added the statement.

Moreover, Beirut’s hotel market has seen a growth in RevPAR levels in the first two months of 2019 and is forecasted to see a RevPAR growth of 4% in 2019. Increase in performance levels in Beirut can be attributed to the growing number of European tourists. French tourists top the list, followed by Germans and British.

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IFC ready to invest in Egypt’s hotel development fund https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/07/ifc-ready-to-invest-in-egypts-hotel-development-fund/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 19:05:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695303 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) expressed its readiness to inject new investment into Egypt’s planned hotel development fund, the COO of the IFC, Stephanie von Friedeburg, said. Egypt’s ministry of tourism aims to establish a private equity fund targeting to restructure financially impaired hotels and other tourism establishments. During a meeting between the Egyptian Minister …

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) expressed its readiness to inject new investment into Egypt’s planned hotel development fund, the COO of the IFC, Stephanie von Friedeburg, said.

Egypt’s ministry of tourism aims to establish a private equity fund targeting to restructure financially impaired hotels and other tourism establishments.

During a meeting between the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mahsat, and Friedeburg, they both agreed to sit with the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chamber soon to discuss the possibility of the IFC’s participation in Egypt’s hotel development fund.

Friedeburg also showed the corporation’s willingness to cooperate with the Egyptian tourism sector in several other areas, including the provision of agricultural products for hotels through the supply chains of these products, benefiting from the IFC`s investments in the field of agriculture in several countries.

For her part, Al-Mashat asserted her ministry’s keenness to enhance tourism investment opportunities in several tourist cities, including the North Coast and the Al-Alamein region, seeing as they are the most promising tourist areas in Egypt.

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WTTC announces Egypt as 2019 Global Champion for Tourism https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/06/wttc-announces-egypt-as-2019-global-champion-for-tourism/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 19:49:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=695208 Egypt prioritises recovery of Travel, Tourism following a period of crisis: WTTC

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, has been awarded a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Champion award at the 2019 Global Summit in Seville, Spain, for her country’s work on promoting tourism resilience.

The annual WTTC Global Champion awards recognise outstanding public officials or countries who, through their leadership, have made a difference by means of pioneering public policies and initiatives which increased the competitiveness of the sector within their respective countries.

The WTTC Global Champion award for resilience recognises Egypt’s strong leadership which has demonstrated success in recovering from adverse events.

Egypt’s tourism sector led a robust recovery. In 2018, Egypt’s travel and tourism sector continued its impressive growth (16.5%), according to WTTC data, ahead of the global average of (3.9 %).

This growth has been linked to the hugely improved security infrastructure, which has helped to attract international visitors back to Egypt’s shores, and has allowed major global travel companies to restart operations in popular destinations and increase their businesses in new tourist developments on the coasts of both the Red and the Mediterranean Seas.

Upon receiving the award, Al-Mashat said, “The ministry of tourism has adopted a new approach, the ‘Egypt-Tourism Reform Programme (E-TRP)’, designed to modernise the sector by implementing structural reforms which strengthen Egypt’s competitiveness and are in line with international standards.

For her part, Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of WTTC, commented, “Minister Al-Mashat and Egypt have shown what it means to truly prioritise the recovery of travel and tourism following a period of crisis. She has recognised the power of our sector as a driver of economic growth, job creation, and social advancement across the whole country.”

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Egypt discusses enhancing tourism cooperation with Spain, Bulgaria https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/04/egypt-discusses-enhancing-tourism-cooperation-with-spain-bulgaria/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 08:00:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694917 Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat met with the Mayor of Seville Juan Espadas to discuss cooperation in the field of tourism between Egypt and Spain, notably Seville. The meeting comes on the sidelines of Egypt’s participation in the 19th session of the WTTC Global Summit 2019, which held in the period from 2 to …

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat met with the Mayor of Seville Juan Espadas to discuss cooperation in the field of tourism between Egypt and Spain, notably Seville.

The meeting comes on the sidelines of Egypt’s participation in the 19th session of the WTTC Global Summit 2019, which held in the period from 2 to 4 April in Seville, Spain.

The meeting touched on ways to increase the tourist visitors between the two countries and exchange experiences, in the light of the strong relations between the two countries.

The Spanish mayor pointed out that the possibility of establishing a twinning partnership between Seville and some Egyptian tourist cities, with the aim of activating the tourism movement between the two countries.

He invited Egypt to participate in the international conference of tourist cities that will be held in Seville in 2020.

The bilateral meeting also discussed the possibility of increasing cooperation between Egypt and Spain in the coming period through the Euro-Mediterranean and Local Assembly (ARLEM), which is the permanent joint assembly comprising of the local and regional authorities of the three shores of the Mediterranean, that was designed to provide an institutional framework, bringing members of the Euro-Med parliaments, representatives of European associations participating in Euro-Mediterranean together with the aim of increasing cooperation with their counterparts.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed the possibility of organising Fam trips from Seville to various Egyptian cities, including Marsa Alam and Siwa city.

For her part, Al-Mashat reviewed the details of the structural reform programme launched by her ministry to develop the tourism sector in Egypt, pointing out that enhancing the aspects of tourism cooperation between Egypt and other countries as well as international institutions is one of the main elements of the structural reform programme.

Al-Mashat also met with her Bulgarian counterpart, Nikolina Angelkova, on Wednesday, to discuss means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the field of tourism during the coming period.

The meeting also tackled the Bulgarian president’s recent visit to Egypt in March, that resulted in the launch of the Egyptian-Bulgarian Business Council.


The two parties talked about the memorandum of understanding that was prepared between the tourism ministries of both countries, which aims at enhancing bilateral relations and contributing to the economic development and growth of the tourism sector in both countries through the development of joint tourist products in the cultural, historical, touristic fields.

The WTTC annual event was attended by a large number of leaders in the tourism and travel industry around the world, which makes it a platform for decision-makers in the tourism industry with representatives of the private tourism sector to discuss the future of tourism as well as increasing awareness of the economic and social impact of this industry on the world.

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Middle East visitors to Egypt to increase by 50% by 2022, ATM report reveals https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/04/middle-east-visitors-to-egypt-to-increase-by-50-by-2022-atm-report-reveals/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:30:37 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694913 Growth fuelled by cheaper EGP, government incentives for charter airlines operating international flights

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Arrivals from the Middle East to Egypt are expected to increase by 50% from 1.49 million in 2018 to 2.23 million in 2022, with visitors from Saudi Arabia driving this growth, according to data published ahead of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April to 1 May 2019.

While arrivals from Europe are expected to be the largest contributors on a regional basis, increasing from 6.2 million in 2018 to 9.1 million tourists in 2022, the latest research from Colliers International revealed arrivals from the Middle East will actually witness the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at 11%.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, ATM, said: “Over the last 12 months, Egypt’s tourism industry has witnessed healthy and steady growth, with arrivals up to 14.5% from 8.3 million in 2017, to 9.5 million in 2018. Growth has been fuelled by the cheaper Egyptian pound and government incentives for charter airlines operating international flights.”

“Adding to this, we are witnessing this growth first hand at ATM with the total number of attendees coming from Egypt increasing 16% year-over-year.”

Taking advantage of this resurgence in tourists are some of Egypt’s most prominent tourism companies including Dana Tours, Nicolas Tours, and Standard Tours who will exhibit at the ATM 2019 – and of course the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board who will have a major presence too.

Egypt’s tourism capital investment is estimated to reach $ 4.2bn (EGP 75bn) in 2019, up by 25% in 2018, as the country strives to keep pace with an ongoing leisure travel upsurge and GDP growth.

The data from Colliers revealed that Egypt’s total tourism revenue will increase at a CAGR of 16.5% between 2018 and 2022 – outperforming the business segment. During 2017 and 2018, leisure spending was $13.79bn (EGP 239bn) and $16.67bn (EGP 289bn) respectively, while businesses totalled $1.93bn (EGP 33.5bn) and $2.36bn (EGP 41bn) during the same period.

“The overall revenue generated by the leisure segment in 2018 represented 87% of total tourism spending and we expect this growth to continue as a series of new government and private sector attractions and investments are unveiled – including the development of new airports and new luxury hotel resorts in Red Sea destinations Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada,” Curtis said.

Egypt has a diverse range of source markets – decreasing the risk of being over-reliant on one specific market. Germany, Russia, the UK, and Italy are Egypt’s top four source markets, with the first and last in highest tier – both growing 29% in 2018 – and showing the highest CAGR growth of 11%.

The UK, which recorded just a 4% increase in arrivals between 2017 and 2018, has traditionally been a long-standing major source market for the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh. However, an ongoing ban on direct flights between the two destinations has stifled visitor numbers.

Curtis added: “It is hoped the recent resumption of Serbian flights to Sharm El Sheikh after a six-year absence and the introduction of Turkish Airlines’ daily flight from Moscow to the Red Sea via Istanbul, will kick-start direct flights between the UK and Egypt, and of course Russia and Egypt.”

The ATM is considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa’s tourism sector, and welcomed over 39,000 people to its 2018 event, showcasing the largest exhibition in the history of the show, with hotels comprising 20% of the floor area.

What is brand new for this year’s show will be the launch of Arabian Travel Week, an umbrella brand comprising of four co-located shows including the ATM 2019, the ILTM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa – a new route development forum and new consumer-led event, the ATM Holiday Shopper.

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Egypt’s tourism revenues hike by 38.7% during H1 of current FY: CBE https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/04/egypts-tourism-revenues-hike-by-38-7-during-h1-of-current-fy-cbe/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:00:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694905 Experts contend entry of new source markets, state's political, security stability behind high tourism revenues

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Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped by 38.7% during the first half (H1) of the current fiscal year (FY), reaching $6.8bn, compared to $4.9 in the period from July to December 2017, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

The CBE explained in its initial report on the Egyptian balance of payments that the travel surplus rose to about $5.4bn during H1 of the current FY, up from $3.8bn in the same period last FY.

According to data released by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) last month, tourism in Egypt has witnessed a huge boom and recovery during 2018, estimating the value of tourists’ spending in Egypt last year at $12.2bn.

The WTTC predicted that the number of tourists coming to Egypt during 2019 will reach 11.7 million tourists.

Notably, the tourism industry in Egypt has been full of ups and downs since the 25 January Revolution.

The sector in Egypt suffered a devastating blow, especially when a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in late October 2015, and all its passengers were killed.

Following the plane crash, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt, while the UK suspended all flights to Sharm El-Sheikh amid concerns over the airport’s security measures, banning travel to Sinai.

In January 2018, the Russian government gave permission for flights to resume to Egypt after a two-year hiatus, and Russian flights returned to Cairo in April. On the other hand, the UK is still imposing bans on travel to Sinai, and hence tourism to Sharm El-Sheikh is very limited.

However, although Russian tourists have not returned to Egypt until now, Egyptian tourism has recovered some of its revenues since the past year.

Currently, tourism is recovering as in addition to the hike in the tourism revenues, previously, the Minister of Tourism, Rania-Al-Mashat, said that the number of tourists to Egypt increased by 40% during the first nine months of 2018 (9M18), compared to the same period last year.

Thus, Daily News Egypt decided to dig further into the reasons behind the hike in the revenues during the aforementioned period, clarifying the markets that compensated part of the absence of Russian tourists, in addition to revealing if new tourism markets entered Egypt during the same period.

For his part, Hesham El Damery, the retiring president of the Tourism Promotion Authority, told Daily News Egypt that Egypt is witnessing a contiguous increase in revenues since 2017, clarifying that the main reason behind this increase is the political and security situation stability witnessed in the country that helped in improving the stereotypical image of the state.

As the touristic map or the touristic base is an expression which means the nationalities that top the visitors to Egypt during the year 2018, El Damery stated that the hike in the revenues is due to increasing visitors from Germany, followed by the Arab market, then the Ukrainian market comes in the third palace followed by the Italian markets and then the British.

He continued that the increase is also due to having new diverse source markets including people from Eastern Europe, the Arab world, and Asia such as Indian, Japanese and Chinese markets.

El Damary explained that since 2015, Egypt began to attract non-traditional markets, including people from Ukraine and Poland.

He noted that before 2014, only four markets existed which are Russia, Germany, England, and Italy and they represented more than 75% of Egypt’s annual tourism revenues.

Noteworthy, before the 25 January Revolution, Russian tourists were ranked number one in the touristic map of Egypt, followed by British and German tourists.

El Damery saw in the travel ban an advantage. He explained that the average tourism spending in the last two years increased as the touristic base in Egypt changed, elaborating that the average spending of the Russian tourist is low, but now after the travel ban, Egypt witnessed visitors from US, the Gulf, and the Asian markets whose average spending is much higher than the Russian.

Agreeing with El Damery, Ali Ghoneim, member of the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers, thinks that the main reason behind the rise in the revenues is the stability of the political and security situation in Egypt.

Also, he agreed with El Damery that the German market is ranked first in terms of the top visitors to Egypt in 2018.

Ghoneim stated that 2018 witnessed the entrance of new source markets in Egypt including India, China, and Latin America.

Finally, they both are optimistic about the growth of Egypt’s tourism revenues in the next period.

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Egypt participates in WTTC Global Summit 2019 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/04/01/egypt-participates-in-wttc-global-summit-2019/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:08:32 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=694668 The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, traveled on Monday to Spain in order to participate in the 19th session of the World Travel and Tourism Council 2019 (WTTC Global Summit 2019), that is held in the period from 2 to 4 April in Seville. Al-Mashat will participate as the official speaker in the session titled …

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The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, traveled on Monday to Spain in order to participate in the 19th session of the World Travel and Tourism Council 2019 (WTTC Global Summit 2019), that is held in the period from 2 to 4 April in Seville.

Al-Mashat will participate as the official speaker in the session titled Global Leaders Dialogue, which will be attended by ministers from a number of countries, including Spain’s Ministers of Industry, Trade and Tourism, as well as the mayor of Seville, as well as tourism and travel industry officials from various countries.

During this session, they will present and discuss the policies and successful experiences of the governments of some countries in order to increase their competitiveness in the field of tourism and travel.

Al-Mashat pointed out to the importance of Egypt’s participation in such international forums, in the light of the ministry of tourism’s plan to develop its relations with international institutions. She explained that participation in international forums is considered as one of the main elements of the institutional reform axis of the structural reform programme adopted by the ministry for the development of the sector.

Notably, the WTTC Global summit is one of the most important annual events on the world tourism events agenda.

The annual event is attended by a large number of leaders in the tourism and travel industry around the world, which makes it a platform for gathering the tourism industry’s decision-makers with representatives of the private tourism sector. The event aims for both sides to discuss the future of the tourism industry, as well as increase awareness on the economic and social impacts of this industry on the world.

Last week, the WTTC announced the findings of the 2018 tourism performance, comparing travel and tourism in 185 countries. It explained that tourism in Egypt has witnessed a huge boom and recovery in 2018, describing Egypt as the fastest growing tourism market in North Africa.

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Arab market represents 30% of incoming tourism to Egypt: Al-Mashat https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/25/arab-market-represents-30-of-incoming-tourism-to-egypt-al-mashat/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:51:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693991 The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said that the Arab market is one of the most important exporting tourism markets to Egypt, which represents 30% of incoming tourism, noting that Saudi Arabia comes at the head of those markets. “According to the report of the World Tourism and Travel Council, tourism in Egypt witnessed a …

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The Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, said that the Arab market is one of the most important exporting tourism markets to Egypt, which represents 30% of incoming tourism, noting that Saudi Arabia comes at the head of those markets.

“According to the report of the World Tourism and Travel Council, tourism in Egypt witnessed a boom in 2018, becoming the fastest growing country in North Africa with a growth rate of 16.5%, well above the world average of 3.9%,” Al-Mashat added.

The minister’s remarks came during her meeting with Ahmad Al-Khateeb, the chairperson of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) during the 45th meeting of the World Tourism Organization’s Commission for the Middle East, which was hosted by Egypt.

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of cooperation and enhancing tourism between the two countries.

For her part, Al-Mashat assured the deep ties between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in all fields, noting that the ministry developed the concept of sustainable tourism as a key element in the structural reform programme for the development of the sector, referring to the Green Star programme, which issues sustainability certificates for hotels that comply with environmental and social management standards and requirements.

Finally, she stressed the possibility of transferring Egyptian expertise in this field to Saudi Arabia.

In that context, the chairperson of the SCTH stated that his country has begun to promote various tourism products such as cultural tourism and adventure tourism.

He also highlighted Saudi Arabia’s desire to benefit from the Egyptian expertise in these fields.

Finally, Al-Khateeb expressed his happiness due to his presence in Egypt, noting that Saudi people are always keen to visit Egypt and enjoy its unique touristic attractions.

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Tourism’s structural reform programme cornerstone to achieve sustainable development: Madbouly https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/25/tourisms-structural-reform-programme-cornerstone-to-achieve-sustainable-development-madbouly/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:49:20 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693994 Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stated that tourism’s structural reform programme is considered as a cornerstone for achieving sustainable development, which Egypt seeks to achieve at all levels, in accordance with Egypt’s Vision 2030. Notably, the structural reform programme was launched by the ministry of tourism with the aim of achieving sustainable tourism, in line with …

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Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly stated that tourism’s structural reform programme is considered as a cornerstone for achieving sustainable development, which Egypt seeks to achieve at all levels, in accordance with Egypt’s Vision 2030.

Notably, the structural reform programme was launched by the ministry of tourism with the aim of achieving sustainable tourism, in line with the UN sustainable development goals.

He added that the tourism sector in Egypt is one of the most important sectors supporting the national economy, as it affects the lives of millions of Egyptians.

His remarks came during the opening session of the regional forum on the side-lines of the 45th meeting of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for the Middle East, in cooperation between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the UNWTO on technological innovation in tourism.

The prime minister assured the role of tourism in supporting and developing the national economy as it is one of the most important sectors contributing toward job creation and is considered the fastest growing sector and one of the most important fields contributing to exports.

He affirmed that all the state bodies cooperate in order to ensure a unique tourist experience in Egypt, through working to improve the infrastructural projects, including the national networks of roads and bridges, and by developing and expanding the subway network, in addition to extending new lines to link different areas in the capital.

“As long as we talk about Egyptian tourism, we should refer to the Grand Egyptian Museum, as it will be the largest museum around the world and the most important because it contains a huge number of pieces and rare archaeological treasures and will be an important pillar of cultural tourism in Egypt,” he confirmed.

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Egypt tops list of billionaires’ most visited countries in 2019 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/24/egypt-tops-list-of-billionaires-most-visited-countries-in-2019/ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:26:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693876 Amid tremendous efforts from the government to revive local tourism, Egypt was announced as the number one destination among a list of 15 countries, which international billionaires plan to visit in 2019, according to a study held by Business Insider. The number one business website held a study with Original Travel agency, which plans months-long-trips …

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Amid tremendous efforts from the government to revive local tourism, Egypt was announced as the number one destination among a list of 15 countries, which international billionaires plan to visit in 2019, according to a study held by Business Insider.

The number one business website held a study with Original Travel agency, which plans months-long-trips for wealthy people to spend their vacations with their families, in order to figure out the top 15 countries where the world’s wealthiest individuals are planning to spend their breaks in, and Egypt was their first choice.

Noticeably, the study showed that the world’s elite seek challenges and activities in 2019, to replace the classic and calm countries such as the United Kingdom and France.

When it comes to Egypt, it topped the list beating Iceland, Japan, Colombia, and Oman from the Middle East.

Original Travel’s co-founder, Tom Barber, told Business Insider that the agency’s 2019 bookings for Egypt are set to triple from last year’s bookings.

He explained that tourists are mostly attracted toward two main destinations: the Steam Ship Sudan, which is a Nile Cruise that roams the country’s most touristic cities, Luxor and Aswan, and stops by the temples, monuments, and tombs.

In second place, comes the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) which overlooks the Pyramids in the Giza Plateau.

While Egypt tops the list, Montenegro this year comes in the last position of the billionaires’ top vacation spots.

  

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Dahabeya: passage through time on Nile river https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/22/dahabeya-passage-through-time-on-nile-river/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/22/dahabeya-passage-through-time-on-nile-river/#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:54:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693641 “Sensing, stretching of time was replaced by a necessity for a condensing of it,” says Al Piaro

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For thousands of years, we have been travelling north and south the river Nile, in various different vessels, ranging from pharaonic papyrus reed vessels to modern day 7-star luxury cruise boats.

The changing vessels throughout history have primarily changed the length of time taken to reach destinations, and, by definition, the type of experience we have. A week-long Nile cruise on a luxurious sailing boat from Cairo as far as Abu Simbel, stands in contrast now to the 1880s passage on a dahabeya which would last months–not days–lending the journey experience a meditative aesthetic of the dahabeya, which was changed forever by modern steam boats and luxury cruisers. “The sensing and stretching of time was replaced by a necessity for a condensing of it,” says photographer and dahabeya director Karina Al Piaro.

For 30 years, Al Piaro’s life has been mostly spent between London and Egypt’s Nile river. Daily News Egypt interviewed Al Piaro to find out more about dahabeyas and her role as director of one of the eldest vessels remaining in existence, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

Can you please tell us what exactly a dahabeya is?

A dahabeya (Arabic) means a golden boat. Essentially it is a long wooden lateen large triangular sailed passenger craft, with two masts traditionally painted fully in white. These vessels are found exclusively on the Nile in Egypt, and were most ubiquitous for half a century between 1830-1880, significantly impacting the subsequent trajectory of the Nile heritage of that era and beyond.

After more than a century of silence, a renaissance of the dahabeya took place with a 21st century revival borne of the desire for a return to a deep heritage memory, allowing access to more contemplative states that ethically align with ecological journeying. It cannot be denied, that the sense of sensorial connection experiences with the Nile river is unsurpassed on a dahabeya, berthing anywhere on the river, at sites normally completely inaccessible to modern cruisers.

The classic dahabeya may appear to be an apotheosis to the modern cruiser, and these antique wooden vessels are in fact steel flat-bottomed, designed logistically specifically for river, not sea, use. The huge sail area also means the vessel can sail with ease in the lightest of breezes.

All dahabeya vessels that we see today have been universally crafted on classical prototype designs, and would have come from the ship yards of Britain, but the prototype vessel parts were put together later on the Nile in Egypt.

In its most basic form and structure, the dahabeya exhibits a design lineage that aligns smoothly with the shallow bronze tinted barges used in the pre-1800s medieval times by Muslim kings and nobility.

Also, references to gold itself go back further than this: the dahab (Arabic for gold) of the dahabeya may also refer to what is referred to the dongola decoration on the vessels in their etymology, an affirmation of the culture on a deep Nile heritage reaching Dongola itself in the southern most reaches of Nubia, between the Third and Fourth Cataracts on the Nile–known to be one of the main centres where the ancients obtained gold.

Today a handful of authentic early to mid-1800s dahabeyas exist, one of which I am extremely honoured to be able to call part of my personal heritage on the Nile, as a director for almost two decades. The vessel I direct was lovingly restored to its former glory at the turn of the 21st century and stands as a masterpiece of 1800s Nile heritage presently. Originally owned by Farid Al-Atrash, this rare authentic vessel exists in contrast to other contemporary vessels.

Modern duplications of the original dahabeya aesthetic currently dwell on the banks of the Nile, mostly berthed at ancient Thebes, the modern city we know today as Luxor. None, however, can arguably compare in nuances; the undeniable, unmistakable finely-tuned craftsmanship that even the untutored eye can observe, in the detail and subtle curvature of its white-panelled ceiling, and the soul that speaks a thousand stories within the vessel.

Can you tell us about your professional journey as a female photographer, and why the Nile?

My father gave me my first camera. I had until that moment dreams of being a painter; a dream that was subsequently eclipsed by the phenomenal quality of light that is the Egyptian sun. Vast varnished canvases, charcoal, and the acrid smell of brushes steeped in turpentine became quickly replaced by seemingly magical, transformational hours of alchemical processes in darkrooms, of endless rolls of negative film, of silver halides and the golden light on the swirling waters of the Nile. For it would be these repeated pilgrimages to the mighty river in Upper Egypt at the turn of the 21st century, based often on a newly restored historical 1800s dahabeya, as a female dahabeya director, with my camera, that I would truly galvanise the process of mastering my craft.

It was to become, and still is a time, of what I call self-realising through light writing; as a Nile heritage through a sense of revelation expressed on a white boat once owned by kings and nobility, of destiny through destination .Until this time, it has rarely been expressed that the early years of the pioneering of photography, )Greek: light writing) the visual technology that we know today, was fully realised as a genre with a purpose beyond the merely reproducible and observational qualities in the mid to late1800s, directly as a result of the actions and observations of a female pioneer journeying on the Nile.

My personal Nile pilgrimage with my camera on the dahabeya became a 21th century intersection in time, where the past and the present were intermingling and diverging. I was picking up the torch of 1800s transformational journeys undertaken by a handful of pioneering women; women that had come before me well over a century before. The dahabeya rapidly became the preferred modus operandi of the predominantly male exploratory pioneers including photographers and writers of that time; the most celebrated and studied accounts are still to this day predominantly those of explorer and bounty hunter Giovanni Battista Belzoni, photography pioneer Francis Frith, and the celebrated writer Gustave Flaubert.

‘The objectifying gaze’ has become a cliché of contemporary criticism, such as that of Belzoni’s, Frith’s, and Flaubert’s. But what of the eye of the heart? What of the contemplative gaze, or the stare of astonishment? What of the appreciative gaze, or the expectant gaze, or the gaze or rage? What of the eye of the visionary?

In contrast to the highly celebrated objective realism of male accounts of the 1800s Nile journeying, less visible but arguably equally powerful rare female memoirs from that time speak now to us of a significantly reflective style and sensibility, leading ultimately to a transformative spiritual awakening, and of a call to action on disembarking. The dahabeya journey presented for women of this time an unequivocal embarkation into a terra incognita of the feminine previously unexpressed without restriction and without boundary; of contemplative meditative details felt through female eyes borne of journeys lasting months not weeks or days. These were in fact hitherto unforeseen expressions of a female consciousness during an era when women were mostly written out of, side-lined, or simply forgotten from public narratives.

What do you think the journey from Cairo to the furthest reaches of the Nile signified for the 1800s female protagonists we are discussing here?

Reflecting on the memoirs and later achievements of the 1800s, for women that journeyed on the Nile, the dahabeya represented that unchartered, unfettered otherness, not only of an external reality, but an internal one–but a particularly female one.

Their accounts from that time speak to us now of a more reflective sensibility leading to a transformative spiritual awakening and of a call to action on disembarking felt through female eyes.

Florence Nightingale speaks frequently of visions and of a spiritual awakening on the Nile, “Egypt is beginning to speak a language to me” Nightingale said.

Another notable woman journeying at this time on the Nile as far as the Fourth Cataract was Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards, who toured Egypt in the winter of 1873–1874, discovering a fascination with Egypt and the Nile culture. Journeying southwards from Cairo in a hired dahabeya, the Edwards party sailed as far as Philae and ultimately reached Abu Simbel, where they remained for six weeks. Their boat joined a flotilla with another female English traveller, Marianne Brocklehurst, also travelling with a female companion. Brocklehurst and Edwards remained friends. Brocklehurst later supported her with the establishment of the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1882, which still stands today as The Egyptian Exploration Society, a powerful benevolent presence that continues to influence strongly the careers and contemporary trajectory of the realm of Egyptology, as it did in the late 1800s.

Edwards‘s vivid description of her Nile odyssey entitled A Thousand Miles up the Nile in 1875, enhanced by her personal illustrations, became an early travelogue that was published as an immediate best-seller. Edwards‘s journeying made her increasingly aware through her observations over many, many months on the Nile of the urgent need to encourage action to conserve ancient monuments and sites of historical significance on the Nile. She set out through a public awareness campaign and scientific endeavour, becoming a tireless advocate for research and preservation of significant Nile heritage. Edwards‘s presence and actions may have seemed radical for her time, but the content of her memoir accounts and later actions reflect, at root, a sympathetic benevolent curiosity and positive intention which seeks to understand and not to judge.

Echoing the late 1800s transformative journeying of Edwards‘s and of Nightingale‘s on the Nile, my very early 21st century journeying with my camera began also as a personal pilgrimage. I accepted this calling as an honourable one, embarking on a dahabeya as one would a pilgrim sensing immediately on disembarking, just as my predecessors did, that the dahabeya passage on the Nile is indeed a very special calling and is potentially a metamorphic, life-changing undertaking.

Early monochrome photographs by Francis Frith of that time, began to emerge, and one stood out-amongst all others-a photograph of a mysterious wooden vessel aside a temple.

It was an image that had been taken by him in 1867 on the Nile over a century earlier, and the vessel was in fact an early dahabeya that was berthed meditatively at the Temple of Philae. The vessel had in fact astonishingly been used as the photographer’s portable darkroom; I was essentially restoratively continuing this vision.

Today I am continuing the creation of my 21st century legacy project on the Nile visually with my camera as the catalyst for my aspiration also to revive the dahabeya as a space; a locus of significant Nile heritage value, in the contemporary realm of hosting and inspiring experts and masters in their fields to gather, exchange, create, and to transform.

The mighty lifeblood of Egypt seems to revive all those who journey across it. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus was right when he called Egypt, “the gift of the Nile,” it would seem.

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Tourism Ministry, Diversey to hold conference on hospitality future in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/20/tourism-ministry-diversey-to-hold-conference-on-hospitality-future-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/03/20/tourism-ministry-diversey-to-hold-conference-on-hospitality-future-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:25:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693529 Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, the Egypt Hotels Association, and Diversey Inc – a provider of cleaning and hygiene products – are organising a conference entitled ‘Egypt, the Future of Hospitality’ in Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada. The conference, which is to be attended by the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, aims to raise awareness of the …

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Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, the Egypt Hotels Association, and Diversey Inc – a provider of cleaning and hygiene products – are organising a conference entitled ‘Egypt, the Future of Hospitality’ in Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada.


The conference, which is to be attended by the Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, aims to raise awareness of the importance of providing the highest levels of hotel service to tourists, which must be based on healthy hygiene and international standards.


The conference will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh on 21 March and on 24 March in Hurghada. It will tackle important topics for managers of vital departments in hotel establishments, which will be presented by international experts from the Diversey, and will discuss food health and safety, the latest hospitality trends, guest satisfaction standards, and hygiene solutions.

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