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Egypt's hard-hit tourism sector is facing a new start after a “difficult” year, but there is reason for optimism, the Egyptian tourism minister said on Tuesday.
Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said at a press conference ahead of the ITB travel trade show, which opens on Wednesday, that Egypt’s invitation to be a guest of honor was a “milestone.”
After German Economics Minister Philipp Roesler inaugurated the show, Abdel Nour said, “It’s a new beginning at the right time after 2011, which was a turning point.”
He said that “it would be an understatement to say it was a difficult year” for the tourism industry, more than a year after the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
But he said there were “positive signs” of better times ahead while acknowledging that much remained to be done.
“The road will be long and sometimes bumpy, but we are confident,” he said.
“We are seeing some positive signs,” he added, pointing to the economy.
And he voiced regret that media attention focused on events in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which he said did not represent the situation in other parts of the country, where calm prevailed.
Since early 2011, Egypt’s economy has been weakened by a fall in tourism and a collapse of foreign exchange reserves.
About 10,644 exhibitors from 187 countries are due to take part in the ITB show which runs until Sunday.
On Tuesday, Hurghada International Airport has received 32,000 European tourists over the past four days. They arrived on board 192 flights.
Airport manager Samy Abdel Moneim said incoming tourists’ numbers surged this week comparing to the last week. He said Russians made up the largest number of visitors, followed by Germans, Scandinavians and the British.
He said the current incoming tourism rate is likely to persist until the end of March.
Hatem Mounir, a senior official at the Tourism Ministry, said the present period is witnessing a surge in hotel occupancy to 58 percent, describing the rate as reasonable given the country’s current circumstances.
Mounir said Hurghada’s hotels have recorded the highest occupancy rates, with the percentage reaching 80 percent at some five-star hotels.
On Sunday, a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobility and Statistics said the number of international tourists to Egypt declined during the last quarter of 2011 by 29.2 percent, at 2.9 million compared to 4.2 million at the same time in 2010.











Tourism minister optimistic as Hurgada receives 32,000 visitors in 4 days | Egypt Independent
 

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So that's an average of 48 flights per day over the last four days. Isn't that a lot of flights for Hurghada?
 

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They will continue lying, won't they?

Watch out for airport strikes at Hurghada and Cairo now that Marsa Alam airport workers have asked for more wages.

Then their fragile tourist industry will again be threatened. Brits are filling Spanish flights this Easter break as Egypt will not get it's act together in time as most are sick of their lies, hyked prices, hassle and being let down.


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Knowing how strapped the Egyptian tourism sector is, the Russian tourist board took advantage and made them "an offer they couldn't refuse."
Hence holidays and landing fees at 1/3rd of which the rest of Europe pay just to keep some hotels open the same as after the bombings.


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A friend of mine came on a BMI to Cairo which was codeshare with Air Canada and egyptair total passengers on board was 30 out of a possible 333 seats. See what I mean.Normally that's 3 flights 3 planes and possibly 900 passengers.
 

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The revolution has not helped but surely they must realise that the way tourists here are treated as walking ATMs and every body they come across badgers them into parting with money doesn't help? PLus of course things are not cheap here, if you eat out in a decent restaurant restaurant in Cairo you pay more than UK prices..
I ate last week in a nice but not fancy restaurant in Maadi, cost of my meal.. 150LE.. for a main meal and desert, no alcohol only a large bottle of water shared with the others on the table.

I cannot understand why restaurants are so expensive here as labour is cheap.
 

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I cannot understand why restaurants are so expensive here as labour is cheap.
My guess would be to keep the mobs out. If everyone can afford the restaurant then "anyone" will walk in, which is not what they want :cool: Egyptian class system has no written rules but they all play by those rules
 

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My guess would be to keep the mobs out. If everyone can afford the restaurant then "anyone" will walk in, which is not what they want :cool: Egyptian class system has no written rules but they all play by those rules


I think you have hit the nail on the head.. I never thought of it like that.

Cairo opera tickets are dirt cheap in fact I was paying 10LE to go to shows two years ago so they got round keeping the so called rif raf out by having a dress code.. jacket and tie for mem.
 

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012, 17:44.

114 flights with 18504 tourists on board have arrived Hurgada from EU and Russia, who will be spending 2 weeks in resorts and hotels near Hurgada and Safaga.

In the mean while, 111 flights departed back to multiple European airports with 19276 tourists on board. As for national flights, 12 flights arrived from Cairo international airport with 625 passengers on board, also 12 flights have departed to Cairo airport with 686 passengers on board.
From the Arabic El Youm EL Sabee's website, Çáíæã ÇáÓÇÈÚ | ãØÇÑ ÇáÛÑÏÞÉ íÓÊÞÈá 18504 ÓÇÆÍ

I might have made some translation errors, which I'll apologize about, but the numbers.........?! Not me I swear :lol:
 
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