After 7 months of suspension, Egypt resumes hot air balloon trips



Mon, 12 Oct 2020 - 02:15 GMT


Mon, 12 Oct 2020 - 02:15 GMT

CAIRO - 12 October 2020: Egypt has resumed, Monday hot air balloon trips in Luxor after nearly seven months of suspension over the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahmed Abboud, the head of a local hot air balloon operator, said operators have received a notice to resump the trips under strict preventive measures, including disinfection, a 50 percent capacity, and social distancing.

He added that that the flying balloon trips are one of the most popular tourism activities in the city, noting that Luxor ranks second in the world after the United States of America in the number of flying balloon flights.

Earlier in October, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for the Control of Tourist and Hotel Establishments announced resuming Nile Cruises will resume between Luxor and Aswan governorates.

He added that 11 out of 22 floating hotels received the required health safety certificate which allows them to resume the cruises. Nearly 22 hotels applied for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to obtain the certificate.

He also indicated that two of these hotels have already started their tourism trips after obtaining the approved certificate, and received tourists from America, France and Spain.

He pointed out that the inspection committees are continuing to inspect the rest of the floating hotels, which have submitted applications to obtain a health safety certificate for operation with an occupancy rate of 50 percent of their.

Winter tourist season 2019-2020 was one of the best seasons for the historical city of Luxor, as the rates of tourist occupancy in hotels increased by 80 to 90 percent.




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