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Egyptian Officials Make Local Inspection Tours to Reassure Tourists

Egyptian Officials Make Local Inspection Tours to Reassure Tourists

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 - 09:30
A man wearing a face mask is seen in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza after reopening for tourist visits, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
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Egyptian ministers toured various resorts and airports in the country that began receiving visitors earlier this month while maintaining health measures to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.


The government aims to reassure tourists arriving to Egypt over the health situation and the measures taken to contain the pandemic.


Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Anani and Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar met with investors in Taba and Nuweiba to discuss proposals to overcome obstacles facing tourism investors in both cities.


Anani stressed that the government spared no effort to promote the tourism sector, considering it a pillar of the national income. He indicated that flights will be resumed in Taba Airport, provided that investors contribute to these flights until tourism returns to its normal levels.


The minister visited Taba and Sharm el-Sheikh airports and inspected the departure and arrival halls, the thermal camera system, and measures for maintaining social distance at the airport.


Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport received more than 3,000 tourists aboard 16 flights from Ukraine and Belarus, since the beginning of July.


Taba Airport is preparing to receive tourists with the first flight arriving from Poland on July 29.


Anani also inspected a number of hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab and Nuweiba to ensure that health measures are being followed, as instructed by the Ministry.


The Ministry issued an official statement indicating that the occupancy rate of Dahab reached about 45 percent, most of which are Egyptian visitors. The city has 28 hotels with an occupational capacity of 2,326 hotel rooms, as well as 110 tourist bazaars.


Whereas Nuweiba has 14 hotels, with a capacity of 1,643 rooms, and seven bazaars.


The Minister also reviewed health precautionary measures followed by the hotel upon the guest’s arrival.


He also monitored the procedures on the reception desk and foyer area, as well as all parts of the hotel including the restaurant, kitchen area, swimming pools, and the beach area.


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