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Air Transport Observer for Aviation Operations in the General Administration of Civil Aviation Raed al-Taher noted that nearly 500,000 travelers will be spending their February national holidays out of the country. Kuwaitis go on national holidays from February 20 until February 29.

Taher added that the total number of flights at Kuwait International Airport will reach 3681 flights, including 1,841 departures with approximately 258,000 passengers, while the number of arriving flights will reach 1,840 with 241,000 passengers, noting that Cairo, Dubai and Saudi Arabia are the top favored travel destinations.

In December 2019, the Tourism Ministry celebrated Egypt being named one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for continuing to be the travelers’ top choice in 2019 and 2020, as highlighted by Forbes.

Former Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat, -who serves currently as the minister of international cooperation- twitted, “Congratulations Egypt for being named one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations by the World Tourism Organization and for continuing to be the travelers’ top choice in 2019 and 2020.”
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2/18/2020 12:44:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm El-Sheikh receives 2 UK flights after four-year halt]]>
Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar ordered the airport staff to offer all services and facilities for the two planes and finalize the passengers' arrival procedures.

TUI officials and passengers expressed their happiness for the warm reception from the airport and South Sinai governorate.

The British tour operator is scheduled to operate three flights per week from Gatwick to the Red Sea resort city in the current winter season till March 25.

Flights between Britain and Sharm el-Sheikh were halted in November 2015, following the bombing of a Russian airliner soon after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, which killed all 224 people on board.

In January, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the resumption of British flights to Sharm El Sheikh.

During meeting in London, the two leaders agreed on the need to increase trade between the UK and Egypt according to Downing Street spokesperson statement.
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2/17/2020 10:58:35 AM
<![CDATA[Tahrir Square soon to boast ancient obelisk and stone rams]]>
Tahrir Square covers 45,000 meters, hosting the huge roundabout, Omar Makram Mosque, the Egyptian Museum, Mogamma el-Tahriri government complex, the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs building and the massive Tahrir Parking Garage.

Digging work has reached the underground metro station of Sadat to establish a base for a 19-meter high obelisk that weighs 100 tons. The obelisk, originally from Tanis in the north-eastern Nile Delta, has already been restored and installed.

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PM Mostafa Madbouli at Tahrir Square

Four ancient Egyptian statues of rams from Karnak Temple will also be moved to the iconic square.

About 90 percent of the renovation work has been accomplished, and when it is finalized, the square is set to be a major tourist attraction, especially that the area surrounding Tahrir in downtown boasts an old cosmopolitan style, in addition to the Egyptian Museum.


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2/16/2020 5:40:36 PM
<![CDATA[After 12 years of hiatus, Spain to resume flights to Luxor]]>
Chairman of the Cultural Tourism Marketing Committee in Luxor, Mohamed Othman, said in a statement that Luxor Airport will receive four Spanish flights a week starting April.

Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir also announced earlier operating direct flights between South Sinai’s Sharm El-Sheikh, known for its magnificent natural landscapes, and Upper Egypt’s Luxor, which houses numerous ancient monuments.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Othman said EgyptAir will operate these direct weekly flights every Thursday, fromFebruary 20 until May 28.

"The comfortable Airbus A220-300 planes will be used for these three months," Othman said, adding that clients would be able to book their tickets through the electronic website or by calling 1717.

Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani announced earlier in February launching several mechanisms to serve the tourism sector, most prominently operating new flights to connect Luxor with Red Sea’s Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh at the end of February.
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2/16/2020 1:51:02 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism min., TUI mull bolstering cooperation in next period]]>
Anani reviewed promoting new programs, which include cultural and beach tourism, at international events and social media platforms to lure more tourists to the Egyptian destinations.

He also pointed to an agreement, inked with the Civil Aviation Ministry, to operate flights between Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh, adding that another line will link Luxor and Hurghada soon.

Another agreement was reached with the Civil Aviation Ministry to operate a direct flight from UK Gatwick Airport to Sharm El Sheikh Airport once a week in light of the UK government's decision to lift travel ban to the Red Sea resort city, the minister told the delegation

He highlighted the expected opening of the Hurghada Museum, considered the first of it kind to be established in partnership with the private sector, mentioning the digitization of the ministry's revenues and tickets of museums and archaeological sites.

In turn, TUI officials expressed their interest in the new Egyptian programs to attract different tourist categories.

They hailed Egypt's infrastructure at all levels, pointing out that they are looking forward to investing in Egyptian hotels, especially green ones.]]>
2/15/2020 12:22:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in Prague-held Holiday World 2020 ]]>
Holiday World fair provides a platform for the presentation of travel agencies, domestic regions, national tourism offices, and other services for the Central Europe travel industry.

For its 29th edition, the event offers not only the presentations of many different countries and the Czech Republic’s regions.

The fair is the most important tourism and travelling event not just in the Czech republic, but in the Central European region as well.

The Czech regions will offer a range of new tourist experiences and the most up-to-date offers of adventure will be there with tens of travel agencies.

ABF, a.s. is an owner of the PVA EXPO PRAGUE, the most modern and largest exhibition center in the capital of the Czech Republic for trade fairs, exhibitions, sports events and concerts, conferences, congresses, seminars, workshops and corporate events. For illustration - total area of 105,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor spaces, 7 modern steel halls with a surface area of 35,000 msq, large-capacity parking area with 3,000 parking places, 101 events yearly with participation of more than 6,500 companies from more than 35 countries and more than 1,000,000 visitors.

Holiday World 2020 is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech republic, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and Czech Tourism.

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2/14/2020 8:59:25 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to operate flights between Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, tourism expert Mohamed Othman said EgyptAir will operate these direct flights every week on Thursday, starting February 20th until May 28th.

The comfortable Airbus A220-300 planes will be used for these three months, Othman said, adding that clients would be able to book their tickets through the electronic website or by calling 1717.

Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani earlier in February announced launching several mechanisms to serve the tourism sector, most prominently operating new flights to connect Luxor with Red Sea’s Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh at the end of February.

In January, EgyptAir announced operating direct flights from Cairo to Dublin, Ireland, starting from July 2020.

Also, in November last year, EgyptAir operated its first non-stop flight to Hangzhou, China from Cairo International Airport terminal 3, carrying 260 passengers. However, flights to Chinese cities, including Hangzhou was suspended to prevent starting February to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

21 hot air balloons take off in Luxor.

LUXOR, Upper Egypt - 13 February 2020: Twenty-one hot air balloon flights took off in Luxor on Thursday, carrying 450 tourists of various nationalities.


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2/14/2020 6:35:21 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reviews preparations for Belgrade International Tourism Fair]]>
The meeting tackled the preparation for Egypt’s participation as it will boost tourism cooperation between both countries and enhance the inbound tourism to Egypt, the statement said.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Chamber Of Tourism Establishments, airline companies and the Red Sea Tourism Investment Association, the statement added.

Egypt will be participating as a partner country and a guest of honor in Belgrade International Tourism Fair, which is the largest tourism exhibition in southeastern Europe.

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Egypt's amb. to Belgrade prepares for participation in Belgrade Tourism Fair

CAIRO - 22 December 2019: Egypt's Ambassador to Belgrade Amrel-Gweli met on Saturday with Secretary of State for Tourism at the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communications Miroslav Konjevic to discuss Egypt's participation in the 42nd session of Belgrade International Tourism Fair.


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2/14/2020 4:30:56 PM
<![CDATA[21 hot air balloons take off in Luxor]]>
The flights flew over the city's archaeological sites.

Hot-air balloon rides over the ancient wonders of Luxor are the tourists' favorite, as they get a chance to explore the city's spectacular landscape and famous landmarks.]]>
2/13/2020 4:36:33 PM
<![CDATA[Aviation Min. establishes passenger building at Sphinx Airport ]]>
This comes in line with the strategic goals of Egypt's 2030 vision, which aims to achieve economic development, revitalize tourism, increase passenger and travel traffic and boost development rates in various governorates.

Inaugurated in 2019, the Sphinx International Airport is characterized by its distinguished geographical location that is near to Cairo, Giza and archeological sites.

In December 2019, Sphinx International Airport received the first international flight coming from Jordan, with 104 passengers on board, to operate a new line between Jordan and Giza Governorate.

The total area of the buildings of Sphinx International Airport is estimated at about 26,000 meters, with a construction cost of about LE 300 million. It serves the cities of October 6, and Sheikh Zayed, as well as the governorates of Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Menoufia, and Gharbiya.

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2/12/2020 11:49:00 AM
<![CDATA[Book tickets for museums, archaeological sites via new applications]]>
The plan of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities includes a number of steps:

1- Using the digital transformation to collect the revenues of the ministry, which enables the electronic reservation for museums and archaeological sites tickets, facilitating the reservation process and reducing waiting queues at the ticket counter at museums and archeological sites.

2- Archaeological and touristic copies of books will be sold through these modern applications.

3- Developing tourism services in archeological sites in Luxor and implementing the visual identity project in Luxor and Karnak temples.

4- Opening a sub-port for Hurghada Archeology Museum in the Red Sea Governorate, to be opened inthe coming weeks, to facilitate the process of purchasing tickets for tourism companies.

5- Updating the website of the ministry to make it more attractive and to promote all tourist destinations in Egypt.

6 - Increasing the number of archaeological and coastal sites that the browser can visit by default on the website.

7- Using modern technology to promote Egypt's tourism in international tourism and forums and exhibitions, such as using hologramand augmented reality screens to display the Egyptian touristicproduct in a different and more attractive way.

8 - Developing all services provided to tourists, especially telecommunication services.]]>
2/11/2020 12:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Min. to set up mechanisms to serve tourism sector ]]>
Anani’s remarks came during his third tour in Luxor governorate, where he also announced that the tourism sector will modify the tourist visa system as it will allow tourists to visit Egypt for several years.

The minister said that the ministry launched new lands for tourist and hotel investment in Luxor, Red Sea and various governorates.

"A ministerial committee will solve all the problems related to the tourism sector and will work to further develop the sector," he added.

Also, the government is working to develop Luxor governorate and the Nile corniche in line with its plan to enhance tourism.

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2/10/2020 12:47:37 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada's fish market to be renovated as tourist attraction]]>
Some shepherds still exist in the south of the governorate, and none of them are seen in the north. Fishermen, however, still work in the entire Red Sea. The fish market in Hurghada, is particularly active, as it is the departure and arrival station of fishermen in the city.

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A view of the fish market

To the locals of Hurghada, the fish market in heritage, a place that tells the history of the city. It shows the "real" Red Sea of fish sellers, fishermen, local buyers, as well as tourists from a wide range of nationalities.

The fish market is located right next to a workshop that makes boats and the mosque of the old arbor, a combination that made travel agency tell their clients that this particular area is a part of the history of Hurghada.

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Tourists at the fish market

Head of the Tourist Guides Syndicate of Hurghada, Bashar Abu Taleb, says tourists visit the fish market on their own for several times during their holiday to observe the culture that the market offers.

The place, however, needs renovation. Governor of the Red Sea said a plan to develop the area will provide logistic services inside the fish market, and will take into consideration the nature of the city. A parking lot and food court will be attached to the market, as well as shops to clean the fish and others to cook them.


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2/9/2020 4:27:27 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's PM follows up efforts to revamp Luxor's Kebash road]]>
The premier met with Luxor Governor Mostafa Alham on the revival of the ancient road project.

Madbouli said the project will help link the temples of Luxor and Karnak, shedding light on the ancient Egyptian civilization.

It comes as part of the state's efforts to achieve development across the country, the premier noted. ]]>
2/8/2020 2:10:23 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Gov't implements project to revive path of Holy Family]]>
According to a statement released by the governor of South Sinai, the government will establish service facilities and roads that will make religious, archaeological and historical tourism reach the archaeological sites for the first time in al-Farma regions.

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South Sinai Governorate started implementing a project to revive the path of the Holy Family-Egypt Today/Mohamed Hussein


Also, a researcher specializing in the history and archeology of Sinai Sami Saleh Abdul Malik al-Bayadi told Egypt Today on Wednesday that the Holy Family path is the road taken by the Holy Family to escape the persecution of the Roman ruler, starting from Deir Lahm, Palestine, to the Monastery of Muharraq in Upper Egypt.

Osama el-Ghandour, secretary general of North Sinai Governorate also said that the Holy Family path is considered the longest path in one country, covering 3500 km back and forth and consisting of 25 regions.

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A project to revive the path of the Holy Family-Egypt Today/Mohamed Hussein


On November 19, 2019, Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy stressed that the project of the Holy Family Path's revival will be finished before June 2020.

Shaarawy praised the cooperation that took place between the ministries, governorates and parties involved in the implementation of the project.

This came during Shaarawy’s meeting with a number of deputies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Antiquities, in addition to representatives of the Coptic Church and leaders of the Ministry of Local Development.

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A project to revive the path of the Holy Family-Egypt Today/Mohamed Hussein



During the meeting, the most important procedures carried out by the governorates participating in the implementation of the project were reviewed. The path of the Holy Family covers the governorates of Cairo, Beheira, Sharkia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Minya, Assiut, Gharbiya and North Sinai.

The state and all the concerned parties attach great importance to the project which is set to activate religious tourism, support the Egyptian economy, provide job opportunities and develop infrastructure, according to the minister of local development.


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A project to revive the path of the Holy Family-Egypt Today/Mohamed Hussein


The minister explained that the project is divided into several phases, and includes the trial operation of five archaeological sites in Cairo and Beheira.

The first phase includes the restoration of the monasteries of JabalTair, Muharraq and Darnaka in Minya and Assiut.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that some projects related to sanitation should be completed in 2020.The attendees also confirmed the importance of holding regular meetings during the coming period under the supervision of the ministry.

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2/7/2020 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[OIC celebrates Azerbaijan's Gabala as City of Tourism 2020]]>
During the 10th session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM), held on 5-7 February 2018, the city of Gabala, Azerbaijan was selected as the Capital of Islamic Tourism for the year 2020.


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Nature of Gabala rayon, Azerbaijan- CC via Wikimedia


The Capital of Islamic Tourism is selected annually by the OIC in consultation with Member States. The program aims at developing the touristic and economic capabilities of the selected capitals, and enhancing Islamic solidarity through exchanging products and services, and supporting infrastructure in the tourism sector.]]>
2/6/2020 2:45:31 PM
<![CDATA[15 Egyptian cities take steps to limit plastic pollution]]>
Many animals die after swallowing plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. A United Nations report says 300 million tons of plastic waste is generated annually, most of it ends in either environment or a landfill.

In June 2019, six cities in the Red Sea governorate, in southeast Egypt, started to apply measures to limit the use of plastic, namely Hurghada, Safaga, Marsa Alam, Qoseir, Ras Ghareb and Shalateen.

Also, authorities in South Sinai governorate, located in the east of the country, started in November last year to apply an initiative to avoid the use of single-use plastic bags in shops and hotels, and to replace them with paper and biodegradable bags.

The nine cities that started to limit the use of plastic in South Sinai are Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, Saint Catherine, Taba, Nuweibaa, El Tor, Ras Sedr, Abou Redis and Abu Zenima.

In Cairo, central Zamalek district is set to be the first district in the capital to adopt an initiative to limit the use of the single-use plastic bags, the environment minister said, in an effort to support international efforts to avoid the harm of plastic to the environment.

During the activities of a national initiative to stop the use of these bags in the upscale district on Tuesday, Minister Yasmin Fouad urged the civil society and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among residents concerning environment issues.

In January this year, Youth loves Egypt Foundation, a non-profit organization, organized a major campaign to remove wastes from the banks of the Nile River. In November last year, the foundation said it could remove a total of 1.5 tons of waste.]]>
2/6/2020 12:55:15 PM
<![CDATA[Evening trips for Egyptians, foreigners: Min.]]>
The minister told Egypt Today that he suggested that the trips should bear the name "Cairo at Night", and that the guests would be taken on a walking tour in Tahrir Square, with headphones to listen to the tour guide’s explanation of the various sights.

He pointed out that these trips will be enforceable in Tahrir Square after the development process that is currently being implemented, as well as in the Mohamed Ali Castle, old Cairo and Al-Moez Street. He said, "Misr Travel Company promised to study this plan."

Anani offered the company to take advantage of the Egyptian touristic boats and organize trips to Manial, Shubra, Al-Qanatir al-Khayriyah and Helwan. He added, "This kind of cultural excursion is missing in Cairo, despite having the necessary potential."

The minister said that Tahrir Square is witnessing a large development process in preparation for the ceremony of the transport convoy of the royal mummies, and that the government is working to raise the efficiency of the infrastructure in Tahrir Square.

"We have already painted the Tahrir Museum and completely changed its lighting, and we will start the process of painting the editing buildings and lighting them. This is in addition to painting the editing complex, removing all the billboards, establishing benches and erecting an obelisk in Tahrir Square," said the minister.


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2/4/2020 11:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Tourism completes 95% of Baron Palace restoration project]]>
This came during the minister's visit to the project, accompanied by Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and a number of leaders in the Council.

He pointed out that the palace will contain an exhibition that depicts the history of Heliopolis. The minister of antiquities also explained that the ancient "tramway" was placed in the palace.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the colors of the facades of the Baron Palace are the same as the original colors, where those in charge of restoration carried out all the necessary tests, analyses, as well as photographic and architectural documentation to develop the necessary restoration plans using scientific methods.

The new color is the same as the original color of the Baron Palace, but the impact of weather and time caused people to believe the palace's color changed after its restoration. The restoration experts had to brush away layers of dust and dirt to get the original color.

According to the minister of antiquities, the wall that was removed at the palace is not an archaeological wall and was only installed 14 years ago. The minister stressed that none of the original palace's walls was demolished.

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2/3/2020 2:30:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt may lose 235k Chinese tourists due to coronavirus]]>
Advisor Said al-Batouti added in press statements that 200 million Chinese people leave their country yearly for the purpose of tourism, according to the 2019 UNWTO data, and the impact of coronavirus on that number and even on the number of non-Chinese tourists is "very bad" on the tourism worldwide.

The fear of catching the coronavirus will affect visitor exports in many countries, as people will think twice before deciding to travel and may decide against traveling as a precaution, Batouti explained.

Thus far, 25 countries have confirmed coronavirus cases, and most airlines banned flights from and to China as the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.
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2/3/2020 12:17:00 PM
<![CDATA[Int'l cooperation min. shares 1st GEM promotion film on social media]]>
Commenting on the film on the Instgram, she said the Ministry of International Cooperation played a pivotal role to raise funds for the Grand Egyptian Museum from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), inviting the whole world to share the Egypt the inauguration of the museum in 2020.

Mashaat thanked Antiquities Minister Khaled Aani and General Supervisor of GEM project Atef Muftah for their outstanding efforts.

In September, the Tourism Ministry announced engaging in partnerships with international associations, including Discovery Channel, to promote the modern image of Egypt.]]>
2/2/2020 2:47:28 PM
<![CDATA[London-Paris train delays? Not Brexit, but track problems]]>
Eurostar’s website showed some early morning trains traveling under the Channel on Saturday were delayed by more than two hours. The normal journey time for the high-speed route between London and Paris is just over 2-1/2 hours.

Trains between London and Brussels were also delayed.

Customer service staff responding to passenger complaints on social media said the delay was due to “the prolonging of engineering works in the Eurotunnel and a points failure near the tunnel”, adding that services were getting back to normal.

Eurotunnel, which operates a separate rail service through the Channel Tunnel transporting cars and trucks between Folkestone and Calais, said its operations were unaffected.

Britain left the European Union on Friday night, although little changes during a transition period up until the end of this year.]]>
2/1/2020 4:26:01 PM
<![CDATA[GCC tourism spending in Egypt to hit $2.3B in 2020]]>
The report, published by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anba on Wednesday, added that the number of Saudi flights to Egypt reached 1,410 flights in 2019. Saudi tourists spent about $633 million in 2019, the report added, expecting this number to hit $1.13 billion in 2024.

Egypt's total tourism revenues recorded $16.4 billion in 2019 and are expected to shoot up to $29.7 billion within the coming 5 years.

The report also noted that Egypt is considered a main external market for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as it received more than 1.84 million tourists in 2019 and it is expected to receive 2.64 million visitors in 2024.

The European continent is the largest source of tourists for Egypt, as the country received 6.2 million visitors in 2018 and is expected to receive 9.1 million visitors in 2022, according to the report.

STA Company, which specializes in data analysis, reported that Sharm El-Sheikh received increasing numbers of tourists from 2016- 2019, followed by Hurghada.
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1/31/2020 1:29:58 PM
<![CDATA[Australia's amb. tours archaeological sites in Minya]]>
The Australian diplomat and his family members are on visit to the Upper Egyptian governorate.

On the second day of his visit, the Australian ambassador strolled over Bani Hassan al Shorouk archaeological site, which houses 39 ancient tombs.

On his part, Tharwat Al Azhary, the director of the tourism department in Minya, said that the ambassador's program included a visit to the cemeteries of Bani Hassan, where he was given a detailed explanation of drawings showing some aspects of the daily life of ancient Egyptians.]]>
1/30/2020 4:23:42 PM
<![CDATA[British Airways halts flights to mainland China]]>
The airline has also suspended bookings on its website until March following the Foreign Office warning against "all but essential travel".

Virgin Atlantic has told all travelers booked on flights to, from and through China, including Hong Kong, between 22 January and 29 February to re-book their flights, change their destination or request a refund.

In the last 24 hours, 26 people have died in China, bringing the death toll to 132, and the numbers of confirmed cases have soared to 5,974, an increase of 1,459 from Tuesday.

The latest figures mean the new virus, dubbed Wuhan Virus, has now infected more people than SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) which infected 5,327 people and killed 349 between November 2002 and July 2003.]]>
1/29/2020 12:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[Ethiopian church delegation visits Coptic Museum]]>
Bishop Gregorius of Shewa region in Ethiopia and representative of the Ethiopian church in Egypt Priest Gebreyesus and Ethiopian diacon Adis. Egyptian priest Angelus the Naqadi accompanied the delegation in their tour.

The visitors expressed their admiration of the antiquities in the museum to director Gihan Atef, praising its strategic location in the Religion Complex, which also hosts the historic Hanging Church, Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, and Amr Ibn al-Aas Mosque.

The Ethiopian delegation took pictures at the museum and left thank you notes in the museum's guest book.

The Egyptian and Ethiopian churches were united until the 1950s, when the latter created an independent church, but the ties between the two churches remain strong.
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1/28/2020 4:52:59 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Ministry to be transferred to NAC in June]]>
The source added that the ministry has a small number of employees, offices and departments compared to other ministries, so the transfer will not take a long time.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli issued a decision to allocate housing units for the ministries' senior employees.

It is worth mentioning that the monorail of the New Administrative Capital includes 21 stations: Stadium - Hisham Barakat - Nuri Khattab - Seventh district - Zakir Hussein - Free Zone - Marshal Tantawi - Cairo Festival - Choueifat - Emaar – Al-Nafoura Square – Al-Barwa - Middle Ring Road - Mohammed bin Zayed - Regional Ring - Almasa Hotel - Ministries Quarter - Administrative Capital.

The monorail of Sixth of October City includes 12 stations and will serve the major expansions of the city, especially social housing projects.

NAC includes an information center that meets the ministries' needs to carry out digital transformation; the Egyptian government is seeking to make the NAC a center of digitization through the use of the latest technological applications.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo on July, 14. With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital will include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital will include an international airport and an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.

The New Administrative Capital is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60km from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.

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1/27/2020 1:13:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mandela's granddaughter: visiting Egypt was my dream]]>
Delivering a speech on her new book titled "I Am Ndileka: More Than My Surname," Mandela said visiting Egypt and getting to know more about its rich civilization and ancient artifacts were part of her dreams, pointing out that she would visit the Pyramids on Sunday.

She stated she has a great interest in issues connected with education, health and developing leadership skills.

This year's edition of Cairo book fair includes 808 pavilions with the participation of 900 publishing houses and 41 booths affiliated to vendors from Cairo’s Sour al-Azbakeya book market.

As many as 3,502 cultural and artistic events will be held as part of the book fair.

The book fair has launched an application for the first time to help visitors reach the publishing houses of their choice and get acquainted with all needed details on the publications.]]>
1/26/2020 12:07:32 PM
<![CDATA[Civil aviation minister hails integration among state bodies]]>
In a message on the Civil Aviation Day, he said integration among state bodies had a great impact on pushing forward the Egyptian economy and upgrading the civil aviation mechanism.

He hailed the efforts exerted by state bodies as well as workers in the ministry and its affiliated companies to develop the aviation sector. ]]>
1/26/2020 11:56:22 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt chairs Committee on Tourism and Sustainability for 2 years]]>
The current state members at the CTS for (2019-2023) include Algeria, Angola, Bhutan, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, and Serbia.

Egyptian Vice-Minister for Tourism and Antiquities Ghada Shalaby headed the meeting of the committee, which was held on the sidelines of the 40th session of the International Tourism and Travel Fair (FITUR Madrid 2020), the ministry added.

At the meeting, Shalaby tackled the Egyptian tourism vision to achieve the sustainability in light of the UNSDGs, saying that Egypt has started eco hotel initiative since 2017. The number of green start hotels reached 83 ones, she continued.

The vice-minister and head of Egyptian Tourism Agency Ahmed Youssef held a series of meetings at the sidelines of Madrid fair with CEOs of the international tourism companies such as Mundial tour- Elcorte Ingles, TUI Group, TI Comunicações, Piamonte Tour Operador, and Halcon Viajes

It is the first time for Egypt to participate in the FITUR Madrid 2020, which is considered the third largest after the Berlin and London Stock Exchange exhibitions.

The exhibition includes more than 10,000 exhibitors, representing more than 165 countries. The exhibition witnesses a large number of visitors every year, exceeding 300,000 people, and receives media coverage from European and international media.
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1/24/2020 4:05:44 PM
<![CDATA['No need' for new travel companies in Egypt, licenses ceased in 2020]]>
The Official Gazette published a decree by Tourism Minister Khaled Enani on Thursday, stating that the decision will last for only one year.

The minister consulted travel agencies, tourist companies, and the Egyptian Tourism Federation before making the decision.

The decree was first issued in 2011, only one year after the tourism boom in 2010 when 14.73 million tourists visited the country. The decree has been renewed ever since.
Tourism is making a strong come back, as around 12 million tourists arrived in Egypt in 2019, with expectations that the number will significantly increase in 2020. ]]>
1/23/2020 4:45:21 PM
<![CDATA[Russian team checks Egyptian airports to decide on flight resumption]]>
The delegation is set to finish its mission on Friday, as it has been checking airports for three consecutive days.

The delegation is set to hold a meeting with officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, in preparation for issuing the final report on the resumption of air traffic and tourism between Egypt and Russia.

The Russian delegation has reviewed the latest security and safety procedures in terminals, baggage inspection, and has checked the presence of security personnel in their places at each of the two airports.

The delegation also checked the procedures of inspecting passengers, securing the preparation and the serving of meals, as well as following up the airport fences, and surveillance cameras.

In November 2015, Russia had suspended all passenger flights to Egypt a week after a crash of a Russian Metrojet Airbus that killed all 224 aboard in the Sinai Peninsula.

Also, in December, British Ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams has celebrated the arrival of the first direct flight from Britain to South Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh after a similar ban due to the same incident.

“The British Embassy team was at Sharm el Sheikh airport this evening to welcome a direct flight from the UK,” Adams wrote on his Twitter account.

A total of 110 British tourists arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh Thursday aboard the first direct flight from London in four years.]]>
1/23/2020 11:49:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in largest tourist exhibition in Spain ]]>
This is Egypt's first international participation in a promotional exhibition in 2020. The Egyptian delegation is headed by Ahmed Youssef, head of the Tourism Promotion Authority.

The Tourism Promotion Authority stressed the importance of Egypt's participation in that exhibition, which is one of the most important tourism exhibitions at the international level.

Youssef clarified the exhibition is the third largest after the Berlin and London Stock Exchange exhibitions and is considered the largest tourism exhibition for Spanish-speaking countries, whether in the Iberian Peninsula or Latin America.

He added that the exhibition provides an opportunity to meet with tourist decision makers from around the world, as intensive meetings will be held with tour operators, tourism and aviation companies working in the Spanish market, and with representatives of the international media.

For his side, Hishamal-Shaer, a tourist expert, confirmed that FITURE comes among eight exhibitions scheduled to be attended by Egypt throughout the year.

Shaer pointed out that the exhibition is one of the most important three tourism exhibitions in the world, noting that the Spanish market is very important for Egyptian tourism.The Spanish and Latin tourists are interested in the Pharaonic monuments.

The exhibition includes more than 10,000 exhibitors,representing more than 165 countries. The exhibition witnesses a large number of visitors every year, exceeding 300,000 people, and receives media coverage from European and international media.
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1/22/2020 12:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism to Egypt grew by 21% in 2019: UNWTO]]>
North Africa witnessed a nine-percent growth and the Middle East was the most growing international tourist destination by more than 8 percent, while Asia and the Pacific experienced a slowdown as the growth in foreign tourists recorded just 5 percent.

The report pointed out that Europe still endures very low growth rates compared to previous years as it received 743 million foreign tourists, composing 51 percent of international tourism.

The Americas and Africa witnessed 2 and 4 percent growth, respectively. Sub-Saharan Africa's tourism grew by just 1.5 percent. The growth in the Americas is derived from the Caribbean, while a decline occurred in Latin America.
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1/22/2020 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[70 species threatened with extinction in Egypt]]>
"Climate change, habitat fragmentation due to human interference, and over harvesting are the main reasons behind the big loss in biodiversity,"he told reporters.

“In spite of the fact that there are some mammals that are threatened with extinction, we can save them in case all factors of pollution, pet trade, and other elements [the above-mentioned reasons] are alleviated,” he told Egypt Today, giving further details on the seven animals proneto extinction.

Egyptian tortoise

"The Egyptian tortoise,which is considered a pet in many Egyptian houses, is the most threatened mammal with extinction due to illegal trade and poaching," says Hamada, adding that the Ministry of Environment considers all standards that were laid by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) when it announces that any species could become extinct.

“The tortoise is threatened with extinction from its natural environment along the Mediterranean coast. They can be seen in only two places that we cannot reveal for their protection,” he said.

The first global warning of Egyptian tortoise extinction was stated by the IUCN in October 1990, saying that the Egyptian tortoises “are increasingly endangered by habitat destruction and collection from the wild.” To save this species, Egypt has signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Mountain gazelle

"The second species at the top of the list is mountain gazelle. Egypt had three types of gazelles; one of the three species, the mountain gazelle,became extinct dozens of years ago,"said Hamada, revealing that over the past 30 years, Gazellaleptoceros (aka Slender-horned Gazelle) cannot be seen.

Mountain gazelle was put on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2016 as the population of this species has declined to 2,500 individuals worldwide. “The third type is the dorcas gazelle and it became threatened with extinction. The main reason threatening all the Egyptian species is poaching,” he added.

According to Animal Boi, mountain gazelles are considered one of the animals that have horns in females and males. They exist in other areas in the Middle East such as Palestine, Jordan, and Syria.

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Mountain_gazelle- CC via Wikimedia


Sinai Tiger

“As for Sinai’s tiger, it is considered extinct,” hesaid, adding “I have stayed for many weeks in the desert tracking any evidence of its existence. But I found nothing.”

The tiger has become extinct due to hunting it and its food (rabbits and deer), the matter that causes an imbalance in the ecology system. “All these factors pushed this strain of tigers to find another place to search for food. Seeing it became impossible,” he continued.

Saint Catherine Protected Area in South Sinai was the natural environment for these leopards, according to the Ministry of Environment's data. The head of Elba National Park in the Red Sea told Youm7 newspaper in 2016 that some local residents saw a Sinai leopard, adding that this species was also seen in 2014 when a leopard attacked a herd of sheep. Sinai leopard was registered as a vulnerable animal at the Red list.

However, a report issued by the CITES in the Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Johannesburg,South Africa on September 24 –October 5,2016, said that Sinai tiger's presence has not been detectedsince 1995.

Cheetah

"Cheetah, the fastest land animal in the world, was seen in Egypt 20 years ago. However, it cannot be said that it has disappeared, but it is quite difficult to see it," Hamada said.

According to National Geographic, cheetahscan drink once every three to four days, and their speed ranges from 0 to 60 miles an hour in only 30 seconds.
It has been registered as a vulnerable animal on the IUCN red list in 2015 as their number has decreased, recording 6,674 individuals around the globe. However, the UN Wildlife Day data says that the number of cheetahs reached only 7,100 in the wild. This strain lives in desert, grassland, savanna and shrubland.

“Cheetahs have vanished from approximately 90 percent of their historic range in Africa, and are extinct in Asia except for a single, isolated population of perhaps 50 individuals in central Iran,” the UN Wildlife Day said.

IUCN said that the presence of cheetah is uncertain in Egypt, Djibouti, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Togo.

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Cheetah- CC via Pixabay



Nubian ibex
"Nubian ibex is one of the animals which are less vulnerable to extinction," said Hamada. It was announced as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

It exists in the Sinai Peninsula’s St Catherine Protectorate, where the population was estimated at200 to 250 individuals, according to a study titled "Predicting the Status and Distribution of Nubian Ibex in the High Altitude Mountains of South Sinai by the Nature Conservation Sector, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency in 2010."

It lives in desert, rocky areas, shrublan, and mountains and is still extant in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen. However, it was announced extinct in Lebanon.

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Nubian ibex Capra nubiana- CC via Flickr-Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble


Barbary sheep

"It is threatened with extinction in a degree less than all the previously mentioned species," said Hamada.

In 2008, it was announced as one of the animals that can possiblly become extinct by the IUCN as its number- at that time-rangedbetween 5,000 and 10,000 individuals. Egypt, Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia are their natural habitat.

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The Barbary sheep is a species of caprid (goat-antelope) native to rocky mountains in North Africa- CC via Flickr- Dennis Jarvis.


Hamada said that other species like striped Hyena are also endangered with extinction, adding “hundreds of years ago, Egypt had Jirafas and lions, which became extinct due topollution, climate change, and the shortage of natural resources.








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1/21/2020 5:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir launches new travel class "Comfort Class"]]>
Company Chairman Ahmed Adel said that the new class will offer passengers extra privileges and luxurious seating from the first to the third row on the new A220-300 Airbus fleet, according to a statement issued by the company.

The privileges include also finalizing travel procedures through Business Class counters, priority for getting on board the plane, a baggage allowance of 32 kgs for each of the two suitcases and 8 kgs in carry-on luggage, in addition to extra mileage points, he said.

The Comfort Class will be offered at prices lower than those of Business Travel Class, he added.

The new class will be available for passengers as of today for flights to many world destinations including Beirut, Istanbbul, Moscow, Amman and Muscat, he added.]]>
1/21/2020 1:07:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks advanced mechanisms to promote tourist attractions]]>
The portal should be more attractive with the aim to promote travel to tourist sites inside Egypt, a statement by the Communications Ministry said.

The two ministers also discussed efforts to extend infrastructure needed to improve IT services inside hotels and in villages and tourist resorts, the statement added.

They also agreed on increasing the number of sites that virtual browsers could visit through the internet, not to mention advanced technologies to promote Egyptian tourist attractions at international gatherings, according to the Ministry of Communications.

The statement cited the hologram and augmented reality technologies as tools to display Egyptian tourist products in a more attractive way. ]]>
1/19/2020 2:52:53 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives eighth A220-300 plane Saturday]]>
The larger member of the A220 Family – the A220-300 was specifically designed and built for the 120-160 seat market. It fuses performance and technology, allowing airlines to connect distant points on continents or sectors between which travel was previously unprofitable or impossible.

The aircraft also leaves half the noise footprint and decreased emissions compared to its predecessor, making it a truly humanity-minded jetliner.

Airbus has delivered more than 80 aircraft of the type A220 to five regional and intercontinental airlines in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, demonstrating the great potential of the new Airbus model.

EgyptAir sealed the deal with Airbus Canada Ltd. to provide the utmost comfort for its passengers. In an innovative design and a wide airframe, it includes 134 seats, the biggest and with the longest leg space in the economy, compared to other airplanes of one aisle.

The plane also has large windows to allow the maximum amount of natural light.

The A220-300 is characterized by high fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. It combines the latest advanced technologies to provide high aerodynamics, high-quality materials and the latest Pratt & Whitney TurboPan engines of the PW1500G.

These engines save at least 20 percent fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation aircrafts, with a range of up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,300 kilometers).]]>
1/18/2020 11:59:00 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 270 runners participate in International Egyptian Marathon in Luxor]]>
The marathon started from the vicinity of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahari, and it is divided into three different categories: a 42 km running race, 22km running race, and 12km race.

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About 270 runners from 20 countries participate the 27th round of the International Egyptian Marathon in Luxor city- Egypt Today/Ahmed Marie



The participants will run around the pharaonic temples that are located on the western bank of the Nile river in Luxor. For the first time, three runners with visual impairments participated in the marathon.

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About 270 runners from 20 countries participate the 27th round of the International Egyptian Marathon in Luxor city- Egypt Today/Ahmed Marie



Jordanian Mohamed Fayez, Japanese Matsuda Kantaro, and Egyptian Mohamed Suleiman Abu Zeid won the first three ranks of the 42km race.

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Jordanian Mohamed Fayez, Japanese Matsuda Kantaro, and Egyptian Mohamed Suleiman Abu Zeid won the first three ranks of the 42km race.- Egypt Today/ Ahmed Marie


The races come under the auspices of Luxor governor Mustafa Alham as it aims at attracting large numbers of tourists ,said governor deuty Mohamed Abdel Qader Kheiry. He added that the city hotels reservation witnessed a high turnout of tourists with 90 percent, which is considered a good indication of the revival of the tourism sector.

The International Egyptian Marathon is the only marathon in Egypt that is certified by the Association of international Marathons and Road Races (AIMS).


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1/17/2020 2:52:15 PM
<![CDATA[Adventurer Abdo, min. probe preparations for world’s longest motorcycle trip]]>
During his journey that aims to raise awareness on using clean energy to protect the environment, Abdo is set to break a new Guinness World Records.

Abdo's attempt could be utilized to raise awareness on the goals of "Go Green" national campaign, which was kicked by the Environment Ministry under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, as well the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), minister Fouad said.

Meanwhile, the minister shed light on the key role of youth in protecting the environment and its natural resources.

Set to kick off on February 22, under the aegis of Environment Ministry, Abdo's 100-day motorcycle tour of Egypt will cover 25,000 km, including visiting 75 Egyptian cities and capturing 150 locations.

The journey will take the world records holder across all Egyptian governorates.

In September, the UNDP announced partnering with Abdo with a view to promoting the SDGs, raise awareness about environmental challenges in Egypt, reduce harmful air pollution and fuel consumption, and promote the use of electric vehicles across the country.]]>
1/16/2020 1:17:38 PM
<![CDATA[EasyJet to resume flights from Britain to Sharm El-Sheikh in June]]>
According to Manchester Evening News, easyJet will operate two weekly flights from Manchester to Sharm El-Sheikh in June, and as of September, it will operate two flights from Gatwick in London.

In October 2019, The UK government announced it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.
In October 2019, The UK government announced it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's SharmEl-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.

According to the UK Government's statement, improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.

In December 2015, UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort were suspended after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Afterwards, both sides negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all procedures demanded by the Russian side.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” said Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Andrew Murrison.
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1/15/2020 5:17:02 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to operate flights from Cairo to Dublin]]>
“As part of the Civil Aviation Authority's plan to expand the network and reach every point in the world from Cairo International Airport, we are pleased to operate four weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Fridays between Cairo and Dublin,” said Head of the company Ahmed Adel.

"The company will use the newly-bought Airbus A320neo which will join the airlines’ fleet February 2020," he added.

Managing Director of Dublin Airport Vincent Harrison announced welcoming the EgyptAir flights in Dublin Airport.


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1/15/2020 11:34:34 AM
<![CDATA[Armenia Airways cancels flight to Tehran for security reasons]]>
According to Russia's Sputnik news agency, carriers from around the world began halting flights to Iran since Thursday; their list currently includes, but is not limited to, Germany’s Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, KLM Air France, Vietnam Airlines, Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd, Singapore Airlines, and Air Canada.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport minutes after takeoff on Wednesday. All 176 people on board were killed.

The crash occurred shortly after Iran launched airstrikes against US bases in neighbouring Iraq. On Saturday, the Iranian military admitted to unintentionally shooting down the Ukrainian Boeing 737, having confused it with a hostile cruise missile in anticipation of a retaliatory strike from the US. ]]>
1/12/2020 3:36:21 PM
<![CDATA[Fly Baghdad operates 1st flight from Najaf to Cairo ]]>
The airline’s Chairman Beshir al-Shabny stated in the ceremony held in CIA to celebrate the launching of the flight that at present only one flight takes place weekly; however, the number will be two and four next month and next Summer, respectively. That is in addition to operating a flight to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.

The chairman said that the airline operates flights to 15 destinations, and that a new flight has been launched between Baghdad International Airport and Bahrain International Airport taking place twice a week. In February, two flights to Pakistan and India will be launched.

Shabny added that the airline’s fleet consists of four Boeing 737 planes including a leased aircraft. Shabny elaborated that the airline plans to eliminate leasing and that negotiations are underway to purchase a Boeing 737 by June.

Fly Baghdad is a private Iraqi airline headquartered in Baghdad, and was founded in 2014 using “Low Price, More Flights” as a motto.
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1/11/2020 4:46:48 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir resumes flights to Baghdad on Saturday]]>
The company said in a statement that its decision came after reviewing and evaluating the security situation in Iraq.

“The security developments are closely followed up in coordination with all concerned parties to take the necessary decisions for preserving the safety of passengers and aircraft,” the statement read.

The company has asked the passengers on its flights to and from Baghdad to review and amend their reservations via calling 1717 or visiting the company office in Cairo, the statement continued.

On January 8, the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation suspended the company's decision to ensure the safety of passengers and airplanes until security is established in the city.

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1/10/2020 2:43:45 PM
<![CDATA[Grand Egyptian Museum expected to attract 5M visitors annually]]>
The infograph also clarified that the GEM will be the largest archaeological museum in the world to be dedicated to one civilization, according to Traveler Conde Nast and Architectural Digest magazines.

Furthermore, the infograph reviewed a number of the 2019 achievements in the antiquities sector, including implementing large projects, making new discoveries, developing and restoring a number of archaeological areas, organizing international and local exhibitions, and recovering smuggled artifacts from abroad.

Completion of 90% of the Grand Museum

The infograph showed that more than 90 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum project has been successfully completed, and that the total number of artifacts transferred to the museum reached 49,603 artifacts, 46,600 of which were restored.

98% of the third phase of the National Museum project has been implemented

The infograph also pointed out that 98 percent of the third stage of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization project has been implemented, to be partially opened in the first months of 2020.

Also, the infograph touched on the development and restoration of some areas such as the completion of 99 percent of the development works taking place in the Pyramids area, and the completion of 99 percent of the project to revive the rams road in Luxor.

This is in addition to the completion of 95 percent of the restoration process of the Jewish temple (Eliyahu Hanbi) in Alexandria, along with the completion of 95 percent of the restoration works in Baron Palace.

The infograph reviewed the 25 archaeological projects that were inaugurated during 2019, most importantly the Pyramid of Mortar in Fayoum, the establishment of two stone obelisks in the City of Culture and Arts in the New Administrative Capital, and the completion of the first phase of the development project in St. Catherine's Monastery.

Discoveries 2019

According to the infograph, the number of archeological discoveries in 2019 reached 18 discoveries made by the missions of the Ministry of Antiquities, the most important of which is the discovery of the cache of Assassif in Luxor, which includes 30 closed coffins. The discovery was classified as one of the 26 most important scientific discoveries in 2019, according to Business Insider newspaper.

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Among the discoveries is the tomb of the noble, Khoy, in Saqqara, which dates back to the end of the Fifth Dynasty, and was ranked among the 10 best archaeological discoveries in 2019, according to the American magazine Archeology.

Additionally, three wells were found buried in the archeological area of Tuna Al-Jabal, Minya Governorate.

Also, a funeral furniture workshop was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The discovery was classified as one of the 10 largest archeological discoveries in 2019, according to Live Science. This is in addition to discovering a rare archaeological statue of Alka in Mit Rahina, Giza Governorate.

Moreover, the infograph reviewed the exhibitions of the Ministry of Antiquities, indicating that the number of local archaeological exhibitions has reached 11 in 2019, most notably the two temporary exhibitions in the Egyptian Museum that were held in celebration of the 117th anniversary of the museum.

The infograph pointed out that three archeological exhibitions were held abroad, the most important of which was the exhibition King Tutankhamun’s Antiquities in Paris' Grande Hall De La Villette that was visited by 1.4 million people. The exhibition was also hailed by the Guardian magazine, which confirmed the museum is the most visited in French history.

In the same context, the flooded archeology exhibition was held in Los Angeles, California, USA, and the King Tutankhamen archeology exhibition (the treasures of the Golden Pharaoh) was held in London's Saatchi Gallery.

As for the artifacts recovered from abroad, their number, according to the infograph, has reached 23.

The infograph also highlighted Egypt's hosting of the Twelfth International Conference of Egyptologists for the first time since 2000, with the participation of 600 archaeologists from Egypt and more than 35 countries.

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1/9/2020 3:06:22 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to receive its 1st A320neo]]>
Jetphotos website published a photo of Egypt's first Airbus A320-251N. However, no specific date was mentioned for the arrival of the new Airbus.

In December 2019, EgyptAir announced it will increase the number of flights to several destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Middle East during the summer of 2020." The move comes within the framework of the company's efforts to enhance its services," said Chairman of EgyptAir Airlines Ashraf el-Kholy in a statement.

The flights of the flagship carrier to Washington are scheduled to increase from three to four flights per week, while the number of flights to Toronto will be seven instead of six, according to MENA. Additionally, the number of flights heading to Europe will go up from 14 to 21 flights weekly.

In August 2019, EgyptAir received its sixth and last Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, as part of a deal to purchase six jets of the same model.

In a statement, the national flagship carrier said members of its technical delegation, who were on a visit to the American city of Seattle, has revised all agreed measures and specifications for the plane. The delegation members also paid a visit to the world's largest aircraft factory, Boeing Everett, to see for themselves all the steps taken by the facility in the process of manufacturing planes.

Meanwhile, Boeing representatives said they are looking forward to further cooperation with EgyptAir.


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1/8/2020 1:53:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt participates in Kuwait Aviation Show in mid-January]]>
In an interview with MENA, he added that 200 international companies are taking part in the exhibition that will take place on January 15-18 under the auspices of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah.

He pointed out that Egypt is taking part with a grand pavilion exhibiting the great developments of the Egyptian civil aviation sector.

The fair will enhance the regional and international status of Kuwait in the civil aviation sector, he added.

It will also give a chance for having an access to international civil aviation markets, he noted.

He expected that the number of visitors would reach 60,000 of civil and military figures along with media people and public figures. ]]>
1/8/2020 12:16:39 PM
<![CDATA[She hikes: What it is like to climb Egypt's 10 highest peaks]]>
Mai Adel, 39, first got intrigued by hiking in Siwa in the far west of the country. She climbed Dakrur Mountain, a hill that gives a panoramic view of the oasis, and watched a heavenly sunrise in 2013.

"The Bedouin guides know me well and know what I did and what I can do. That's how I became confident that I can lead people in hiking trips," the software developer told Egypt Today.

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Mai Adel at the peak of Egypt's 10 highest mountains

Adel created the Facebook page "She Hikes," and despite the name, men have reached out to go on her trips. In fact, one tribe in South Sinai, Hamada tribe, approved in March that their female members work as guides, according to AFP, in a dramatic move per Bedouin traditions.

Adel was initially motivated by all the beauty she witnessed while climbing the 10 mountains, the highest of which is Mount Catherine at an elevation of 2,642 meters. She decided to spread the passion among those who think they cannot climb mountains, herself being a woman in her thirties, and from Fayoum, a largely conservative, agricultural city to the west of Cairo.

"The difficulty did not lie in the height as much as the nature of the mountain. I found Rimhan [which ranks eighth in the highest 10] the most challenging due to its steep slopes and unstable rocks," she added, noting that only one Bedouin guide had climbed the mountain but refused to climb it again. She climbed it in March 2018 with a group of friends and a Bedouin guide who hadn't climbed it before. The leader of the group, Mahmoud el-Gamal, was the one who found a route to the top. He died of a lightning strike in November the same year after climbing a mountain called Jerab al-Reeh, or "the bag of wind."

Adel and one other friend climbed Li'dah, the sixth highest mountain, on their own while a Bedouin guide waited at the foot of the mountain because no guide knew the way to the top. Adel had climbed other mountains by mistake and tried to find it over an entire year, and she even took a geography and map reading courses to locate it. Li'dah, which is very steep, is characterized by very small, unbalanced rocks that slid off once Adel stepped on them, and other very high, smooth rocks that are difficult to reach, according to Adel. The intensity of the wind at that particular mountain is also too strong that it knocked her off a few times.

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Mai Adel with a camel in South Sinai

She does not organize trips to Rimhan or Li'dah and does not recommend them to the hikers due to the dangers she faced climbing them. Organizing trips for her is not about the physical challenge.

"Trips to the same natural location deeply vary depending on the organizer and how they view the place and how they want to make people feel," Adel said

"I love nature in general and mountains in particular. I try to convey the philosophy of loving and living in nature," she added.

Adel also loves storytelling, so she sure she tells her hikers about the history of every mountain they go to, how it got its name, and all stories that might surround it.

She already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in January, and her next endeavor is becoming the first Egyptian woman to climb Everest.

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Mai Adel at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2020

The seven remaining peaks that Adel climbed in Egypt are Jabal Zubayr, Jabal Abu Rumayl, Jabal al Khala, Jabal al-Thabt, Jabal Umm Shumar, Jabal Abu Shajara and Jabal al-Azraq.

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1/7/2020 3:46:14 PM
<![CDATA[Over 15 million tourists expected to visit Egypt in 2020: WTO adviser]]>
In statements to MENA on Tuesday, Batouti, who is also a board member of the German Travel Association (DRV) added that the number of tourists expected to visit Egypt this year would exceed 15 million, thanks to Egypt's stability in addition to the package of current policies the country adopts.

He attributed the tourism sector recovery to the strong support provided by the political leadership.

Batouti asserted the importance of working on attracting tourists from various countries, highlighting that Spain and Italy are among the markets that Egypt targets.

He called for opening up new tourist markets in Egypt and focusing on the religious tourism.

The entire world in general and Germany in particular are waiting for the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum, he said, underscoring that Germany recorded the highest growth in international tourist arrivals in Egypt in 2019 with 2.5 million German tourists, compared to 707,000 tourists registered in 2018.]]>
1/7/2020 2:04:54 PM
<![CDATA[Sun illuminates sanctuary of Egypt's ancient Queen Hatshepsut Temple]]>
In statements, Ayman Abu Zaid, the head of the Egyptian Society for Tourism and Archaeology Development in Luxor city, Upper Egypt, said that this phenomenon comes among many astronomical events related to the sun and its orthogonal rays on ancient Egyptian temples and cemeteries.

He added that the sun shone on the area at 6:36:41 a.m. after arising from the horizon line by an arc length and poured its brightness after nearly five minutes. Then, the phenomenon of orthogonality began as the rays sneaked through the main gate of the Hatshepsut Temple (Deir el-Bahari).

On Sunday, December 22, a shaft of sunlight illuminated the usually dark sanctum of the Karnak temple, an ancient complex in the southern city of Luxor, in an also rare astronomical phenomenon that happens twice a year to mark the summer and winter solstices.

Luxor governor Moustafa Alham attended the ceremony along with a number of archaeologists, astronomers, and Egyptologists.

Tourists gathered to watch the spectacle that has endured for thousands of years of Egyptian history.

The religious complex of Karnak, in Luxor, is the largest ancient religious site in the world.

Egyptologists say the solar alignment at the God Amun sanctum at Karnak coincided with the illumination of his sanctum at the Hatshepsut's temple near the Nile town of Luxor.

The event marks the beginning of winter solstice, an astronomical event that occurs in the northern hemisphere marking the longest night and shortest day of the year.]]>
1/6/2020 1:37:41 PM
<![CDATA[Aviation min. directs authorities to provide facilities for passengers ]]>
The Minister made his directives during an expanded tour of Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to ensure the smooth running of operations at the airport, which is witnessing heavy tourist traffic during the peak holiday season.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the minister inspected the travel and arrival halls at the airport, passport counters, baggage belts, duty free shops, distinguished service breaks, and the air control tower.

He also check all security measures inside the airport, in addition to the external fences, surveillance cameras and entry and exit gates, in the context of continuous follow-up of the work progress in various locations, especially Egyptian airports.
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1/5/2020 11:53:18 AM
<![CDATA[Port Said harbor receives Celestyal Crystal cruise]]>
The cruise ship is considered one of the most luxurious tourist vessels in the world.

The port had received eight tourist cruises in 2019, grouping 9500 tourists, who visited archaeological landmarks in the governorate. ]]>
1/2/2020 11:02:14 AM
<![CDATA[820 tourists on hot balloon rides in Luxor]]>
An official with an air balloon company in Luxor said in a statement that the air balloon flights are currently seeing high turnout in conjunction with the celebrations marking the New Year's Eve and Christmas.

The official also hailed the efforts exerted by the bodies concerned to beef up the security level in the Egyptian hot air balloon sector.

The civil aviation authorities impose tight restrictions on the air balloon flights, he said, adding that Luxor governorate is taking all safety procedures and coordinates with the security bodies in this regard. ]]>
12/31/2019 5:09:20 PM
<![CDATA[Sphinx Airport receives 1st charter flight from Jordan]]>
This came within the framework of the Ministry of Civil Aviation's keenness on increasing air traffic to Sphinx airport.

After its inauguration at the beginning of the year, the international airport received a number of flights during the last period.

The statement reported that Sphinx International Airport would play a significant role in stimulating the activities of cultural and archaeological tourism.

The Sphinx airport is located near the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, serving near regions such as Giza, Al Haram and 6 October City, Faiyum and Beni Suef.

Being located near touristic places like the Pyramids of Giza and the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, the airport will grasp people’s attraction towards one-day tours.

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12/31/2019 12:44:42 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: European Tourists to celebrate New Year's Eve in Marsa Alam]]>
Tourists were received by the airport administration with flowers, souvenirs and candy for children, as per the instructions of CEO Hussamal-Kharafi.

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Director of Public Relations at Marsa Alam International Airport Imad Imam said that the airport administration has decorated the halls with Christmas trees.

He added that Marsa Alam is one of the most important tourist attractions, being one of the best diving areas in the world, with charming beaches, hotels and distinctive tourist villages.

Earlier in December, Marsa Alam International Airport received a Belgian tourist named Hallart who arrives every year with his family in Marsa Alam at this time of the year, wearing Santa Claus clothes, giving gifts to tourists and inviting them to visit Marsa Alam.

The airport organized a large reception for Hallart and his family, who are visiting Marsa Alam for the seventh time.

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12/30/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: The most attractive tourist destinations in West Sinai ]]>
It is also one of the most important archaeological areas in the peninsula, which bears indications of the creativity of the ancient Egyptians in exploiting the mineral resources of Sinai.

Archaeologist Mustafa Nourel-Din, director of the South Sinai and Red Sea Training Center, told Egypt Today that It is possible to invest Serabit el-Khadem region to be a source of national income without compromising its nature.

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He also added that some archaeological areas in South Sinai such as Oyoun Moussa, Wadi Grandel, Wadi Ferran and Jabal Sirbal are closely related to religious events. Other areas such as Rawd Amira, Wadi Al-Hamr and Wadi al-Khaleejare related to the ancient Egyptian mining activity, where they used to extract copper and turquoise.

The Temple of Hathor is considered one of the largest ancient Egyptian monuments in Sinai where the temple contains memorial halls for numerous pharaos, including Amenemhat l, Senusret l, Tuthmosislll, Hatshepsut and Ramses II.

Nour el-Dinsaid that the Ministry of Antiquities implemented a project to develop the archaeological area in 2010. The development project included paving the road leading to Serabit el-Khadem with a length of about 7 km, developing the road leading to Hathor Temple, and establishing an administrative building for the archaeological area in Serabit el-Khadem, in addition to developing the archaeological areas of Wadi el-Nassab, Wadi el-Sahou.

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12/29/2019 11:59:05 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Tea, vitamins, blankets for Giza Zoo animals to face cold weather]]>
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It was added in an official statement that the administration will be implementing number of precautionary measures to avoid any of the damages or diseases that may affect animals due to the weather and lead to their death.

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These measures include providing the animals with more processed food, sugar and fodder with high protein value that helps with heating.

Veterinary specialized teams will be ready to monitor the Giza Zoo animals and birds all the time and provide them white honey, fruit and hot drinks, according to the statement.
The hot drinks will include tea, fenugreek and Balila which is a (popular Egyptian dish made of wheat and milk).

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In addition, Vitamins, blankets, honey and fish will be given to the bears. For the monkeys; were announced to be provided with Peanuts, dates, boiled eggs, apples, bananas, and guava.



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12/26/2019 8:53:35 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism's gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland]]>
At its centre, a wooden, fairytale-esque cabin houses Santa's grotto -- since the 1980s, tourism chiefs have set out to market the main town, Rovaniemi, as the world's official home of Santa Claus.

More visitors are now coming to experience winter in the Arctic than ever before.

But Lapland is also the homeland of the indigenous reindeer-herding Sami people, who protest that some in the tourist industry spread offensive stereotypes about Sami people and seek to profit from their ancient culture.

"Almost every day there are people coming to the Sami area asking 'Where can I see the shamans, where are the Sami witches?'" Tiina Sanila-Aikio, president of Finland's Sami Parliament, tells AFP.

"It's only a picture that the tourism industry has created and developed," she says.

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Once known by the now obsolete term "Lapps", the Sami are spread out across the northern parts of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia's Kola Peninsula.

Sami representatives accuse some tourism providers of pretending to be Sami when they are not, or selling products and tourist attractions portraying Sami people as magical and primitive.

Last year, the Sami Parliament issued guidelines for "ethically responsible" behaviour from tour operators and visitors in order to preserve Sami culture.

"If, for example, one person refrains from wearing Sami dress because they do not want to be photographed by tourists, that is one person too many," the proposal warned.

Husky rides, among the most popular tourist attractions in Lapland, have also been singled out for criticism by the Sami community, which has herded reindeer across the area's vast fells and forests for over 3,000 years.

Sami representatives claim the dogs, which are not a native Lapland tradition, distress the reindeer which freely roam the forests.

The Sami also object to the growing number of "igloo" hotels in the region, which are a non-Lapland tradition borrowed from elsewhere in the Arctic.

The parliament proposal says the igloos risk creating a "mongrel" and homogenised culture in the region, and suggests instead that tourist providers build accommodation relevant to Lapland's history, such as the Sami "goahti" -- a teepee-like wooden tent traditionally used by reindeer herders.

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Every passing winter brings record visitors to Lapland including soaring numbers of Chinese in recent years, but also much-needed revenue.

Lapland's Regional Council says that tourism brought in one billion euros ($1.1billion) to the region last year.

Official statistics suggest that visitors from China spend over three times as much on average as holidaymakers from some other countries.

Authorities in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, face a dilemma: how to reap the economic benefits, while preventing irreversible damage to one of the world's most vulnerable wilderness regions.

"Dog-sledding and longer hikes are popular with French visitors for example, British travellers are especially interested in snowmobiles, and the Asian tourists are most keen on seeing the Northern Lights," Sanna Karkkainen, head of Visit Rovaniemi, tells AFP.

With his knee-length white beard, trademark red robes and oversize grey slippers, Santa switches from Finnish to French to chat to his next visitors, Celia and Jeremie from southern France.

After an official photograph, available to buy afterwards for 45 euros ($50), the visitors are ushered towards the exit.

"Super visit, Santa was very kind," Jeremie tells AFP. "We weren't disappointed."

Every year this decade, the visitor figures to Lapland have reached new highs, hitting 2.9 million overnight stays last year, up from 2.2 million in 2010, according to Statistics Finland.

Some 45,000 Chinese tourists visited Lapland in 2018 -- four times more than in 2015.

The rise followed national airline Finnair dramatically expanding its routes between Europe and Asia and promoting Finland as a stopover hub.

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Hotelier Tian Zhang, who moved from China to northern Finland 17 years ago, recently became the first foreign investor in Lapland's hotel scene along with a group of her friends from home.

The 33 cabins at the Nova Skyland Hotel, a striking building of wood and glass which opened in November 2017, are regularly fully booked.

Customers come from all over: Spanish and British before Christmas, "Russians in the beginning of January, and in the Chinese New Year we have Chinese," Tian tells AFP.

The Chinese government, too, keen to establish a presence in the Arctic, has also encouraged its companies to develop tourism in Lapland.

Another lucrative market, the Middle East, is also catching on.

"This week we had the first direct Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, which of course opens up Rovaniemi to 20 new countries," Karkkainen says.

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Booming tourism helped drive Rovaniemi's unemployment rate down to below 10 percent last December, its lowest since 1990 according to the town council.

However, the spectre of mass tourism is a growing concern in a region where residents have traditionally valued tranquility and closeness to nature above all else.

Local media regularly carry stories of tourists soiling the pristine wilderness with rubbish and empty beer cans, or of hordes of visitors causing disturbances in town.

And a recurring grievance is the popularity of accommodation-sharing site Airbnb, says Satu Loiro, Lapland Regional Council's senior tourism advisor.

Locals blame the rentals for noise, overcrowding and mess, as well as pushing up housing costs.

The concerns are not shared by everyone, though.

"I hope that this individual tourism, people staying in Airbnbs, people travelling individually, will grow," dog-sledding entrepreneur Valentijn Beets tells AFP.

"They're actually spreading the money straight to the people without any major players in between."

- Eco-aware tourists -

His voice all but drowned out by the howls of 120 black, white and brown huskies, Beets says his growing business caters to more and more eco-aware tourists.

His clients care about animal welfare and green credentials, he said.

"If you want to differentiate yourself from your competitors, this is a growing group of people who think that (being eco-friendly) is important," he says.

Botswana-born Beets and his Finnish wife Veronika set up Bearhill Husky, close to Rovaniemi, in 2012, offering dog-sled safaris through the Lapland forest.

His kennels are a long way south of the Sami reindeer-herding area but he says that "a well-trained dog team, working responsibly" ought not pose a disturbance to others anyway.

Lapland's remoteness and the long distances make for emissions-heavy travel in the region, which scientists say is heating up twice as fast as the global average.

"We are very dependent on flight traffic," Loiro, from the regional council, tells AFP.

The council plans to encourage tourists to pay to offset their air-travel carbon emissions as well as develop better rail and public transport links.

The shortening winter seasons have already had an impact on the tourist industry, with operators cancelling tours last year due to an unusually snow-free November.

- 'Time is magic here' -

Loiro believes that the tourism industry is learning to better take into account the region's many competing interests.

She said there was now a "responsible tourism network" of operators who recently published a list of "100 deeds for sustainable tourism".

"This includes respecting the Sami culture or using local food, or using biofuels," Loiro said.

The regional council recently laid out a four-year plan for making tourism more environmentally and socially friendly, while still encouraging it to grow, she added.

Back at Santa's village, complete with mocked-up presents and rounds of jolly Christmas songs, the last holidaymakers leave the grotto for the evening and the red- and green-clad elves move the countdown on the wall one day closer to Christmas.

So does Santa have less time for delivering presents, now that record numbers of people are coming to see him?

"Definitely not," he responds, without hesitation.

"We are in the Arctic Circle now, and time is magic here. You just need to know how to be in millions of different places at the same time," he says.

"After practising that for a few centuries, I think I'm managing it quite well."]]>
12/24/2019 12:29:15 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives Airbus A220 plane Monday]]>
The larger member of the A220 Family – the A220-300 was specifically designed and built for the 120-160 seat market. It fuses performance and technology, allowing airlines to connect distant points on continents or sectors between which travel was previously unprofitable or impossible.

The aircraft also leaves half the noise footprint and decreased emissions compared to its predecessor, making it a truly humanity-minded jetliner.

Airbus has delivered more than 80 aircraft of the type A220 to five regional and intercontinental airlines in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, demonstrating the great potential of the new Airbus model.

EgyptAir sealed the deal with Airbus Canada Ltd. to provide the utmost comfort for its passengers. In an innovative design and a wide airframe, it includes 134 seats, the biggest and with the longest leg space in the economy, compared to other airplanes of one aisle.

The plane also has large windows to allow the maximum amount of natural light.

The A220-300 is characterized by high fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. It combines the latest advanced technologies to provide high aerodynamics, high-quality materials and the latest Pratt & Whitney TurboPan engines of the PW1500G.

These engines save at least 20 percent fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation aircrafts, with a range of up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,300 kilometers).]]>
12/23/2019 12:16:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's amb. to Belgrade prepares for participation in Belgrade Tourism Fair]]>
Egypt will be participating as a partner country and a guest of honor in Belgrade International Tourism Fair, which is the largest tourism exhibition in southeastern Europe.The fair will be held from February 20 to 23, 2020.

Gweli told Egypt Today that the meeting discussed ways to boost tourism inEgypt, which has become one of the most preferred tourist destinations for Serbs.

He added that the meeting tackled ways to expand the activities to be held on the sidelines of participation in the exhibition to include meetings withsenior officials to activate the memorandum of cooperation in the field of tourism signed between the two countries in 2010.

The meeting also shed light on bilateral cooperation in specialized sectors such as river tourism and floating hotels, and the importance of exploring ways to develop cooperation in the field of civil aviation

Konjevic expressed hope that Serbia would become a destination for Egyptians tourists, where the importance of facilitating procedures of Serbia's entry visawas discussed, according to Gweli.
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12/22/2019 1:24:11 PM
<![CDATA[Tourists from 10 countries visit archaeological landmarks in Minya]]>
The tourists went sightseeing in Tel el Amarna, Tuna el Gebel and Beni Hasan to view the spectacular relics and admire the greatness of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Minya Governor Osama el Qadi asserted that all local bodies should cooperate to render the touristic system in the governorate successful.

Minya includes eight famed archaeological and touristic sites dating back to the Pharaonic, Greco-Roman and Islamic conquest eras, Director of the tourism department in Minya Tharwat el Azhari said.]]>
12/22/2019 12:06:24 PM
<![CDATA[First French flight lands at Sharm airport after years of hiatus]]>
Flight 3034 coming from Charles de Gaulle Airport with 137 passengers on board landed on the airport of Sharm el Sheikh, a source with the tourist companies said.

France has resumed flights to the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el Sheikh with an average of one flight per week, the source said, noting that the number of French tourists and flights are expected to grow during the upcoming tourist season. ]]>
12/21/2019 12:30:54 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir plays vital role in China: ambassador]]>
Badry's remarks came on Friday on the sidelines of a celebration in honor of EgyptAir, the Foreign Ministry said.

The event was attended by officials of the flag carrier, its agents and Chinese media.]]>
12/21/2019 11:12:48 AM
<![CDATA[UK amb. welcomes 1st London-Sharm El Sheikh flight after long ban]]>
“The British Embassy team was at Sharm el Sheikh airport this evening to welcome a direct flight from the UK,” Adams wrote on his Twitter account.

A total of 110 British tourists arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh Thursday aboard the first direct flight from London in four years.

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The visitors were welcomed by a team from the British embassy and public relations staff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, who gave the holidaymakers flowers and gifts in celebration of their arrival.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday praised the recent positive developments in the bilateral relations between Egypt and Britain, in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including a decision by the British government to resume flights from Britain to Sharm El-Sheikh.

In October, Adams said in "Al Hekaya" talk show that after the ban lift on flights from the UK to Sharm El Sheikh Airport both Egypt and the UK “can promote Sharm El Sheikh as a happy holiday destination.”

Adams said he thinks that the economic benefits will be huge and that he is very conscious that people running hotels and people working in hotels in Sharm El Sheikh will benefit hugely from British tourists increasing in number.

The ambassador said that the ban lift is the outcome of “the intense cooperation between the Egyptian and British authorities over many months,” which led to “the confidence to make that decision” on the UK's side.

Adams stated that nearly half a million British tourists will visit Egypt this year. “The vast majority of them will enjoy a happy trouble-free holidays. And, many British people live here as well happily as I do myself,” the ambassador added.]]>
12/20/2019 5:47:33 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: First direct London-Sharm el-Sheikh flight in 4 yrs ]]>
The visitors were welcomed by a team from the British embassy and public relations staff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, who gave the holidaymakers flowers and gifts in celebration of their arrival.

A weekly Interair flight will arrive in the Red Sea resort in the winter, and Toyfly plans to send 10 flights a week in the summer. Other British airlines are scheduling flights the popular destination.

The Egyptian authorities have developed Sharm el-Sheikh airport, as part of strenuous efforts to enhance Egyptian airports in general, in the past four years.

Experts from different countries, including the U.K. visited Egyptian airports to review the security measures and regulations applied, and accordingly several bans have been lifted off Sharm el-Sheikh airport in the past few years.

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12/20/2019 5:31:44 PM
<![CDATA[Sara Sabry’s tour at Cairo’s 630 year-old Khan al-Khalili: CNN]]>
The CNN on Youtube published a video for Sara Sabry, a renowned Egyptian content creator, while she was touring the Khan al-Khalili and telling us how she enjoys her time every time she visits it.

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Sabry said that this her favorite place to buy jewelry and eat “feteer,” a layered pastry and an Egyptian word for pie.

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The place is “so lively. You’ll find shop owners calling you over. You’ll find people inviting you for tea,” she said. “I love the people here. It’s probably my favorite … thing about Khan al-Khalili.”

“It’s everything that Egypt is in one place,” she said.

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The CNN on Youtube published a video for Sara Sabry, a renowned Egyptian content creator, while she was touring the Khan al-Khalili and telling us how she enjoys her time every time she visits it - Screenshot/CNN
Built in the 14th century, Khan El-Khalili is a loud, crowded and colorful bazaar full of all kinds of Egyptian goods. It dates back to Emir Dajaharks Al-Khalili, he built the large market complex on the site of the Za’afran Tomb, which had been the burial place of the Fatimid rulers of Egypt. The market is in the original Mamluk style, which features great archways and vaulted ceilings.

On 8 May 2019, Egypt signed an agreement with CNN to promote tourism through implementing an international tourism campaign. The campaign will use different platforms, including television, as well as digital and social media sites.


On January 4, 2019, CNN Travel published their annual list of top destinations for the year, placing Egypt in Second place, after Christchurch, New Zealand.]]>
12/19/2019 2:49:09 PM
<![CDATA[800 tourists arrive aboard Maltese ship at Alexandria Port]]>
On board of the ship were also the 401 crew members.

Captain Tariq Shaheen, the head of the Alexandria Port Authority, instructed the port’s specialists to be present at the passenger terminal to receive the tourists, and make sure they leave the port easily and safely.

As part of the regular trips, this is the third trip by Celestyel Crystal to dock into the Alexandria port.

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12/18/2019 6:53:20 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to increase number of flights during summer 2020]]>
The move falls within the framework of the company's efforts to enhance services offered to clients, said Chairman of EgyptAir Airlines Ashraf El-Kholy in statements.

The flights of the flagship carrier to Washington are scheduled to increase from three to four flights per week, while the number of flights to Toronto will be seven instead of six.

In Europe, flights will go up from 14 to 21 weekly as for Istanbul, from six to seven flights heading to Vienna and from five to six flights to Berlin.

The number of flights operated by EgyptAir to Moscow will rise from three to four flights per week.

As for flights within Africa, the number will be taken up from 17 to 20 as for Khartoum flights on weekly basis, from two to three flights heading to Juba and from five to 11 flights for Lagos.

The number of flights to Kuwait will increase to 42 instead of 28 weekly, while Dubai flights will increase to 28 flights.

Flights heading to Asia will observe an increase in Mumbai and Tokyo, as flights operated by EgyptAir will be five and three per week.]]>
12/16/2019 3:20:37 PM
<![CDATA[30 hot air balloons take off in Luxor with 610 tourists]]>
The flights, operated by several travel agencies, flew over the city's archaeological sites, Abboud said.

Many tourists come to the city to enjoy this outstanding experience, which represents one of the most important types of adventure travel, he added.

Air balloon flights currently witness high turnout with the growing number of charter and direct flights with foreign tourists on board, in addition to Egyptian visitors to the city.

He pointed out that the union is working on increasing the number of flights daily. ]]>
12/15/2019 2:57:26 PM
<![CDATA[Sun to illuminate Egypt’s ancient Karnak Temple Dec. 21]]>
The annual two-hour event, starts at 6 a.m., will mark the first day of winter, as per the outstanding progressive knowledge of the ancient Egyptian.

Every year, attendees come to watch the sunlight as it falls perfectly perpendicular on the sanctuary of Amun Ra’a at the center of the temple; the sunrays then move towards the temple’s gates to reach Hatshepsut's ancient temple.

“The phenomenon is one of the most important events that we are seeking to utilize, in order to revive tourism and spread knowledge about the ancient Egyptian civilization,” Luxor's governor stated, adding that it is a proof of how ancient Egyptians were pioneers in the field of astrology.

The astrological event marks the northern winter solstice, which is the year’s shortest day, and also the beginning of the winter season. It happens twice a year to mark both winter and summer.

Temples will be open free of charge for people to attend the event. A number of officials of Luxor governorate as well as security heads will attend the event.]]>
12/14/2019 2:33:34 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo, Hurghada selected among top 100 tourist destinations]]>
More than 400 cities around the world were studied on the basis of the number of tourist arrivals during 2018.

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This came as a continuation of the success achieved by the Egyptian tourism sector, which was evident in many international reports that highlighted the various tourism and archeological components that Egyptian cities enjoy, according to the report.

For her part, Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat praised the selection of Cairo and Hurghada among the best 100 tourist destinations in 2019, pointing out that the report comes as part of the international acclaim that Egyptian tourism has recently received.

Mashat confirmed that this reflects the changing world view of Egyptian tourism following the launch and implementation of the structural reform program in the tourism sector, which led to the sector’s success and growth.


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The minister indicated that these results illustrate the success of the Ministry of Tourism's plan to promote each tourism city or region separately, and highlight its tourism components within the framework of the international promotional campaign for Egypt.

According to this report, Cairo ranked 42nd, advancing five places from 2013-2018, and came as the fourth best tourist destination in Africa and the Middle East, jumping 18 places from 2013-2018.

The report attributed this success to a number of reasons, including the major shift witnessed in Egypt in 2018 to restore its position in regional tourism, as extensive economic reforms attracted foreign investment in tourism and travel.






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12/9/2019 1:00:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm El Shiekh airport records Africa's fastest growth rate in 2019: Routesonline]]>
The latest figures from Sabre Market Intelligence have revealed that the airport, which is the third busiest in Egypt, has increased capacity by 28.9 percent this year to 1.49 million available departure seats. This compares with 1.16 million departure seats in 2018.

Number three in the top ten list of fastest-growing major African airports is Hurghada, which recorded a growth rate of 11.9% this year. ]]>
12/9/2019 10:54:33 AM
<![CDATA[et tours Nile Museum ]]>
At the entrance of the museum,11 masts with the flags of the Nile Basin countries are raised. The museum is concerned with the African heritage of the Nile Basin countries and everything related to life on the banks of the Nile.

Director General of the Nile Museum Irene Fayez told Egypt Today that the museum belongs to the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, and the General Authority of the High Dam and Aswan Reservoir.

“The museum aims to consolidate the relationship between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries as well as inform the Egyptians of the need to preserve the Nile water,” she said.



Fayez added that the construction of the museum began in 2004 but was delayed due to financial problems; it was completed and opened in January 2016 in conjunction with the National Day of Aswan Governorate under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The museum's general manager explained that it spans over a total area of about 11 acres, including landscape and buildings. She pointed out that the museum has received 1 million visitors from various nationalities since its opening in 2016.

Fayez revealed that after the meeting of Arab and African youth in Aswan, the percentage of visitors, who are keen to get acquainted with the civilization of the Nile Basin countries, doubled.She further stated that several projects are underway at the museum, including the museum's transformation into a cultural center that includes an open-air theater with a capacity of 2500 people, and a five-star sports stadium.

She explained that the second phase of the museum's development plan includes maintaining electricity and landscape, pointing out that Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati visited the museum and inspected the ongoing work at the theater.

Fayez noted that the most prominent visitors of the museum include Jihanal-Sadat, the wife of former President Mohamed Anwar Sadat, and a group of ministers and ambassadors of foreign and African countries.

Fayez stressed that the museum seeks to expand its cultural and recreational activities and that the Ministry of Irrigation gives special attention to the museum because of its important role in strengthening Egypt's relations with the Nile Basin countries through cultural links.
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12/7/2019 12:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt tops Independent’s list of best places to visit in 2020]]>
The article reported that the experts believe that Egypt should be visited next year,especially after the resumption of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. More than 11 million people visited Egypt in 2018, according to official figures.

The article recommended visiting the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2020 to be the largest archaeological museum in the world.

The museum will display a wide range of ancient Egyptian antiquities, 30,000 of which have never been displayed for the public before.

Pakistan came in second, followed by Milwaukee in the United States in third.Denmark's Copenhagen was ranked fourth, and UK's Kent ranked fifth.

Chad came in sixth, Peru in seventh, China's Sichuan in eighth, Scotland's Aberdeen in ninth and New England in the United States came in 10th.
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12/4/2019 12:09:48 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Ministry participates for 1st time in UN Annual Bazaar ]]>
The Annual Bazaar is organized by the United Nations Women's Guild in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of the United Nations in Geneva. The bazaar aims to finance several projects for children in developing countries. Last year, it funded nearly 60 projects for children, including two in Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that Egypt was chosen to head this year’s bazaar, where more than 70 countries are participating.

For her part, Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat pointed out the importance of the ministry's participation in this event within the framework of the ministry's efforts to represent Egypt in important international forums and events. This bazaar is one of the most important events held at the United Nations every year.
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12/3/2019 2:31:25 PM
<![CDATA[Hundreds of flights cancelled, thousands delayed as winter storm disrupts Thanksgiving travel]]>
More than 600 flights into, out of and within the US were cancelled and another 3,400 were delayed, according to the website FlightAware.

A trans-continental storm system reached the Great Lakes region Sunday after sweeping across the country from the western US to the northern Plains, according to the National Weather Service.

The Upper Midwest faced blizzard conditions, with the region from the eastern Dakotas to northern Michigan facing potential snowfall of 6 to 12 inches.

Air travelers were met with hours-long delays at some northeastern airports as the storm approached, packing high winds, snow, ice and rain. The storm is expected to last until at least Monday evening, according to federal forecasters.

Upstate New York up through Maine braced for 8 to 16 inches of snow, while coastal New England could get close to a foot of snow. The southeastern US was hit by thunderstorms.

The disruptions coincide with what trade group Airlines for America expects to be the busiest day of the year for the airline industry, with 3.1 million passengers. Airlines are expected to carry a record 31.6 million travelers during the 12 days around Thanksgiving, a nearly 4% increase from last year.

American Airlines waived date change-fees for travelers booked to fly on Dec. 1 or Dec. 2 to or from more than 30 airports in the Northeast, including LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark, Philadelphia and Boston, if travelers can fly as late as Dec. 5. Travelers can also cancel their trips without paying a fee. Delta, JetBlue and United issued similar waivers for travelers.

As of Sunday evening, close to 480 flights — about a third Newark’s schedule were delayed and 114 were cancelled, according to flight-tracking site Flightaware.com. Delays into the New Jersey airport, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Philadelphia were more than an hour, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Weather issues extended to the West Coast, where a storm and high winds delayed flights at San Francisco International more than four hours. Nearly 160 flights were canceled in and out of the airport and more than a quarter of the airport’s Sunday schedule, or 380 flights were delayed, according to Flightaware.com data. ]]>
12/2/2019 12:28:57 PM
<![CDATA[Wadi El Rayan protectorate receives 6K visitors during weekend]]>
This huge number of visitors due to the Environment Ministry's programs that promote the country's nature reserves in light of the ongoing renovation activities carried out in these reserves.

According to a statement released by the ministry, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad asserted keenness of the ministry on providing all security means for visitors, in tandem with the Fayoum governor and the security chief of the central governorate.

Wadi El Rayan nature protectorate is characterized by its integrated desert environment which consists of sand dunes, natural springs, large water bodies and a different botanical life, different wild animals and various sea fossils. It is located in the middle of the Fayoum desert, about 140 Km from Cairo.

In August 2018, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad revealed on the margins of the annual meetings of the African Caucus for the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the Ministry of Environment is preparing to offer 30 nature reserves to the right of use for 5 to 10 years.

Fouad noted that the Ministry will start the offer by nature reserves of Nabq and Wadi Degla, noting that the offer will first be presented for local companies; foreign firms will be included at a further stage.

This offer aims to develop the infrastructure of the reserves to create value add and encourage investments in this field, the minister said, adding that Egypt is considered to be one of the least countries in the world spending on garbage.

She also revealed that Egypt spends $3 per citizen monthly on garbage collection and transport, compared to $7 in other countries.

Egypt owns 30 nature reserves, covering 15 percent of its total land.

Law No. 102 of 1983 protects natural resources and Egypt’s biological diversity to maintain an environmental balance. The law was reaffirmed by Law no. 4 of 1994.]]>
12/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir announces direct flights to China's Hangzhou]]>
The new airline came in line with Egypt's keenness to expand to the Asian market, and activate the movement of tourism coming from the Far Eastern cities, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Airlines Ashraf El-Kholy said.

The company also aims to provide a distinctive service at a competitive price, El-Kholy added.

"The inauguration of the new routes comes within EgyptAir's interest in expanding in the Asian market and providing a distinctive service at a competitive price," said a statement on EgyptAir's official website.

EgyptAir, a Star Alliance member, has previously been operating daily flight to Guangzhou, three flights a week to Beijing and two flights a week to Chengdu, said Xinhua.

Egypt is a favorable attraction to hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists each year for its historical sites and sunny sandy beaches.

Nearly half a million Chinese tourists visited Egypt in 2018 compared with only 300,000 in 2017, amid expectations of more tourists visiting the Middle Eastern country in 2019, according to official statistics. ]]>
12/1/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Aswan awarded UNESCO Learning City Award]]>
The award was announced during the Fourth International Conference on Learning Cities, organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in Colombia's Medellín city.

Secretary-General of the Egyptian National Committee of UNESCO Ghada Abdel Bari said Aswan joined UNESCO's Learning Cities project after the approval of all member states, adding the city won because it supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), namely ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education.

Meanwhile, Mervat al Samman, a coordinator for Aswan in the UIL, noted that 150 countries partook in the competition.

Aswan developed a strategy that integrates a variety of projects, including gardening and water-conservation programs in schools, as well as diverse entrepreneurial training opportunities for all groups of society.

Aswan has 20 schools that implement the UN's SDGs.

The UNESCO Learning City Award aims at recognizing and displaying cities' good practices in introducing quality education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for all citizens at the local level.]]>
11/30/2019 11:04:56 AM
<![CDATA[Off The Beaten Track: Why visit Lombok when Traveling to Bali ]]>

And so it was, except for the “soulful” part.


Rice Fields Bali Source backyardtravel
Rice Fields Bali Source backyardtravel



Do not get me wrong; Bali is an amazing destination with so many activities to do and attractions to see. I myself had the chance to experience firsthand many adventures, such as rafting in the Ayung River, diving in the ocean, visiting the famous rice fields in a day long Safari in a convertible and even enjoying the nightlife on a Friday night.



Yet, Bali’s image in my mind is one of serenity, quietness and peace. It is where Eat Pary Love ‘s writer Elizabeth Gilbert met Ketut , whose wisdom changed her life forever.

Uluwatu Temple Bali - Source  Wonderful Indonesia Website
Uluwatu Temple Bali - Source Wonderful Indonesia Website



And you can still find traces of all this in big temples such as Uluwatu Temple, which overlooks the ocean in a majestic dreamy landscape between heaven and earth.



However, the buzz of everyday life and the crowded streets – the city annually receives 40 percent of the total number of tourists visiting Indonesia- might have turned the city into an urban metropolis, albeit with friendlier people compared to others.


But luckily, boarding a ferry that takes up to 3 hours and 20 minutes for $24.4 to the neighboring Lombok island carried us to a completely different ambiance, not only quieter, more peaceful and “less traveled” (as the American poet Robert Forest once advised), but almost also gives an impression of visiting another Asian country.


Whereas Hinduism is the main religion of Bali, Lombok, where nature is still considered uncharted territory is known as the “city of a thousand mosques.”


In fact, some people describe Lombok as Bali 30 years ago, because of its virgin scenic nature that harbors sandy azure beaches, waterfalls and mountains.


According to officials we met in the media trip, the Indonesian government has adopted a plan to enhance “Halal tourism” in several islands, and Lombok is part of this drive. Halal tourism is a family friendly sort of tourism; it mainly targets Muslims and is a growing market that non-Muslim countries joined to benefit from.


One of the initiatives to enhance Halal tourism in this island is turning 60 rural villages into Halal home stay, where tourists could experience the daily lives of Indonesians in Lombok and explore the culture for good prices while enjoying other attractions.



Some of these attractions are:


Hindu temples and the “Holy Water,” for what the heart yearns for..


People Praying in Narmada Temple Source Egypt Today
People Praying in Narmada Temple Source Egypt Today



True, Islam is the predominant religion in Lombok, but the island has many spiritual Hindu temples, including Narmada Temple.


As soon as you step into the garden of the temple, you can feel a surprising sense of comfort, because it is similar to that of reaching home after a tedious trip. I guess it is a feeling common in any place of worship, for when we, humans, pray from the heart, we are all the same no matter what religion we embrace, vulnerable flawed beings searching for a meaning.

The Hindu care taker of the Narmada Temple Source Egypt Today
The Hindu care taker of the Narmada Temple Source Egypt Today


We were guided to a small prayer room where the caretaker of the temple guards a small fountain that springs right from the mountain. There is a widespread conviction that the water is healing and hence holy. And if you wished for something while drinking, it will come true.


Before entering Hindu temples, people are given colorful ribbons to wrap around their waists for purifying purposes, and if they are wearing short clothes, they put on a “Saroung,” a piece of traditional cloth. If a woman is menstruating, she is not allowed in some temples.



Waterfalls - A Fairytale Quest


Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall - Source Wonderful Indonesia - Official website of the Ministry of Tourism
Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall - Source Wonderful Indonesia - Official website of the Ministry of Tourism



Lombok is also a haven for some of the best refreshing waterfalls in Indonesia, such as Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls.


As soon as I approached the forest hosting the waterfalls, I knew I was about to go on a quest similar to those in fairytales, as we waded into a long tranquil trail in the forest adamant to unravel its secrets before reaching the bottom of the waterfall.


However, be cautious of the naughty monkeys, they are the habitat of the forest and they know it and they will make sure you know it. We were advised not to look them directly in the eye, as they could be aggressive.



Sasak Village – Blood shedding as a sacrifice to the god of rain


Sasak Village - Famtrip organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo - source Egypt Today 2
Sasak Village - Famtrip organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo - source Egypt Today 2



What Lombok also offered us was a time machine that took us back in time. Once we set foot at the entrance of the village, we felt like we traveled back in time where we met with an old Indonesian tribe, which gave birth to the people living now in the island.


Visiting the traditional village, whose descendants guarded the customs of the elders and protected it from the influence of the outside world, gave us a cultural glimpse on the history of the island.

Sasak Village  - stick fighting - source Egypt Today
Sasak Village - stick fighting - source Egypt Today



One of the ancient myths tells that blood should be shed from the head of a powerful fighter in a stick fight in order for the rain to fall. The idea is now featured symbolically in a folkloric dance.



More blood, more rain.


Luckily, nowadays the fierce fighters only battle to commemorate their rich heritage in front of tourists.



Swimming with Turtles in Gili Islands


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Swimming with the turtles in Gili Islands in Lombok, Indonesia - Source: Wikimediacommons via Imfibr


Another escapade you can try in Lombok is paying a visit to the Gili Islands – which consist of three small islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. There, you can enjoy a dip in the Indian Ocean with turtles lurking near the coral reefs, as these islands are known to be a turtle territory. Tour operators will refund you if you do not spot at least one. I can attest to that as I spotted two.


Similar to Bali and unlike many places in Lombok, you can enjoy the nightlife in Gili Islands as there are music clubs and pubs by the beaches. It is similar in a way to Dahab in South Sinai of Egypt as hotels, camps, restaurant and cafes overlook the sea.



Mount Rinjani - Full moon prayer by the holy lake


Apart from beaches and forest trekking, if you are an adventure seeker, you can find what you are looking for in a hike on an active volcano, as Mount Rinjani is actually the second highest volcano in Indonesia.


Mount Rinjani - Source en.tempo.co website
Mount Rinjani - Source en.tempo.co website


According to website Wonderful Indonesia - the official site of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism- within the mountain there is a crescent-shaped lake called Segara Anak and is considered a spiritual place. The Balinese come here each year and perform a ceremony in honor of the mountain spirit. Also, the Wetu Telu people regard the lake as holy and come here to pray on full moon nights.


In a rapidly changing world as the one we live in, travel could be a good tactic to find traces of your old forsaken self, and if you were seeking this encounter; I would recommend you add Lombok to your next destination list.

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11/26/2019 12:28:55 PM
<![CDATA[Many visitors come to Abu Mena archaeological site in Alex.: official]]>
Yesterday, many visitors came to the site on the occasion of the anniversary of Saint Menas of Alexandria, who died in 296 A.D.

Abu Mena was a town, monastery complex and Christian pilgrimage center in Late Antique Egypt. It is located about 45 km southwest of Alexandria.

There are very few standing remains, but the foundations of most major buildings, such as the great basilica, are easily discernible.

It was named after Saint Menas (Abu Mena) who was martyred. His body was taken from Alexandria on a camel, which was led into the desert beyond Lake Mareotis. At some point, the camel refused to continue walking, despite all efforts to goad it.

This was taken as a sign of divine will, and the body was buried on that spot. ]]>
11/25/2019 12:02:07 PM
<![CDATA[Express: Cairo, a wonderful city full of colors and fun ]]>
Miller’s report described Cairo as a city full of colors and beautiful smells, stressing that a visit to Cairo cannot be an inactive experience and that these loud voices are what makes the city so wonderful.

The report monitored scenes from the Egyptian street, such as taxi drivers at the airport, and the sounds of thousands of minarets.

"Cairo is a safari for the ears, an aural amuse-bouche. Even the dead of night is sound tracked by traffic, music and boat horns echoing down the Nile," Miller's report read.

Miller then continues to describe the vivid colors and scents of Cairo; "Across Africa's biggest city, endless brightly-colored markets and street stalls do their best to invade the eyes with the scents of a dozen countries' cuisines arriving on every breeze."

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11/24/2019 2:50:53 PM
<![CDATA[China is promising market for Egyptian tourism - minister]]>
Al-Mashat's remarks came during a ceremony hosted by Egypt's Ambassador to China Mohamed El Badry at the Egyptian Embassy here.

The ministry pays great attention to the Chinese tourists who seek to adventure and discovery in terms of Egypt's various tourist potentials, the minister noted.

Chinese tourists flock to Egypt from different cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Tianjin and others.

The Egyptian authorities are negotiating with the Chinese counterparts to operate a direct flight route with Shanghai, the minister revealed.

To boost the number of Chinese tourists, the ministry created a partnership with C-Trip travel agency to promote Egyptian tourism in China.

Mashat is currently visiting Beijing to attend Bloomberg's New Economy Forum.]]>
11/23/2019 11:07:43 AM
<![CDATA[Mashat says Egypt to restore tourism glory, return 2010 peak: Bloomberg]]>
In an interview with Bloomberg, Mashat said that the earnings in this fiscal year has been the highest ever in Egypt's history concerning the tourism sector.

“Today’s travelers are looking for experience, they’re looking for diversity of offer and they’re looking for being part of the local community,” Mashat said, adding that Egypt seeks reaching the peak of 2010 in terms of tourist numbers by the end of this year.

The number of tourists dramatically dropped following the January 25 uprising in 2011, which ousted Hosni Mubarak, president at the time, and left the country in a state of turmoil and instability. Tourism represents about 15 percent of the country's economy, according to Bloomberg.

Among recent decisions that is expected to help the recovery of the tourism sector is the UK's lifting of ban on flights to Sharm El Sheikh Airport in October.

UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort has been suspended since December 2015, after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Since then, both sides negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all procedures demanded by the Russian side.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison said.
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11/22/2019 3:35:55 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir announced official transporter of CIFF]]>
EgyptAir stressed that it will offer the festival's participants and guests from all over the world all the necessary facilities.

Renowned Egyptian director Sherif Arafa and famed Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby will be honored in this year's edition of the festival. Also, the Legendary director, screenwriter, actor and animator, Terry Gilliam, will be granted the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gilliam is set to accept the award during the opening ceremony of the festival.

"The Irishman" will be the opening movie of the festival and Mexico will be the country in focus in this year's edition.

Cairo International Film Festival is the first Arab and second African festival to sign the Gender Parity Pledge 5050×2020, to join this commitment launched during Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The festival is committed to promote gender equality and transparency during its 42nd edition in November 2020.
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11/21/2019 2:00:57 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir, Boeing discuss boosting joint cooperation]]>
The talks were held on the sidelines of Dubai Airshow 2019. Adel expressed happiness with cooperation with Boeing in many aviation fields, said a statement by EgyptAir.

Egypt is a basic partner for Boeing in the Middle East and Africa, he added.

The two sides reviewed joint cooperation in light of an ambitious plan by EgyptAir for upgrading its fleet in the coming period, added the statement.

Stanley meanwhile confirmed that his company would offer all support to EgyptAir, pointing out that Boeing has already supplied the Egyptian company with six planes of the Dreamliner family while two other planes of the same model will be delivered shortly. ]]>
11/19/2019 3:15:34 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir, General Electric Aviation sign MoU in technical support's field ]]>
The memorandum of understanding also aims to enhance the CFM56-7B maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the Chairman & CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company Captain Ahmed Adel that EgyptAir signed a deal with General Electric for maintenance, repair and overhaul consulting services for CFM56-7B engines.

The statement added that the agreement came within the framework of strengthening cooperation between the two companies in the technical support and maintenance domain.

For his part, Mostafa Ali El-Din Imam, Chairman of EgyptAir for Maintenance and Technical Works, confirmed that EgyptAir for Maintenance and Technical Works is an accredited regional center in the Middle East and Africa in addition to provide technical support services to more than 130 airlines around the world.

For his part, Jason Tonich, the Vice President of the Global Sales and Marketing - GE Aviation, said that his company is looking forward to assist EgyptAir through an agreement to expand its expertise in the field of engine repair service.

GE is a leader in jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems that are supported by a global service network.

In Egypt, its partnership with EgyptAir, Africa’s largest airline, exceeds 40 years.]]>
11/18/2019 3:02:46 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir participates in Dubai Airshow 2019]]>
In statements on Sunday, Masri asserted the importance of Egypt's participation in such international gatherings not only to make deals but also to exchange expertise in the field of air transport and study the international market.

The Dubai Airshow 2019 attracts the global aerospace industry to DWC, Dubai Airshow Site for the five day event. Some 87,000 aerospace professionals are expected to attend to interact with 1,300 exhibitors and see up to 165 aircraft in the static and flying displays during the event which features sector specific conferences including Cargo Connect, Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) and free to attend conferences in the Space Pavilion: Women in Space and Tech Talks. ]]>
11/17/2019 1:32:09 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada museum to open in late December: official]]>
This is one of the projects the Ministry of Antiquities has for the first time undertaken in cooperation with the private sector, Waziri said.

He added that the museum had been designed in accordance with world-class museum standards to showcase the aesthetic and luxury side of the Egyptian civilization throughout the ages.

The museum will also display manifestations of sports activities, such as river fishing and hunting, as well as music and dance events, as of the Pharaonic era up top modern times, in a bid to draw a relation between different civilizations, Waziri noted.]]>
11/17/2019 12:08:33 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Japanese tourists arrive in Cairo for 1st one-day trip]]>
A source told Egypt Today that the Japanese tourist delegation arrived on board of planes belong to the Petroleum Services Company PAS.

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Furthermore, Port Said International Airport is part of the Ministry of Civil Aviation's plan to develop Egyptian airports, upgrade efficiency and renovate infrastructure to provide the best service to passengers.

Egyptian coastal airports have seen an increase in operating rates this year compared to previous years especially after a number of countries resumed flights to Egyptian resorts.

In October 2019, the UK government announced it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.

According to the UK government's statement, improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” said Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison.

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11/16/2019 2:14:32 PM
<![CDATA[BiznEx honors EgyptAir]]>
The company's participation in the exhibition is a strategic plan for engaging it in various national and public events in Egypt as well as international ones held in Egypt, according to a statement released by the company on Tuesday.

Honoring Aero Café, which operates more than 35 branches of restaurants and cafeterias at Egyptian airports, asserts the company's commitment to providing best quality services to a large number of clients and visitors, Hisham Abdel Hafiz, the company's Board Chairman, said.]]>
11/12/2019 4:24:09 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives 3rd Airbus A330-200 P2F converted plane]]>
The move falls within the framework of a plan adopted by the Civil Aviation Ministry and EgyptAir Holding Company to upgrade the company's fleet of passenger and cargo aircraft, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Cargo Bassem Mohamed Gohar said Saturday in a statement.

The company is currently working for expanding its outreach to new markets in Africa, GCC and European countries, he added.

EgyptAir Cargo has recently has taken delivery of two Airbus A330-200 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW).

The delivery came after the successful completion of test flights in June and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) in July, said the company on its official website.

Each of the converted plane carries up to 61 metric tonnes.]]>
11/10/2019 12:38:02 PM
<![CDATA[American Airlines follows Southwest in pulling 737 MAX until early March]]>
American had previously canceled about 140 flights a day through Jan. 15 and now expects a return to service on March 5.

Southwest said on Friday it would remove Boeing 737 MAX jets from its schedule until March 6, 2020, just shy of the one-year anniversary of an Ethiopian Airlines crash of the jet that led to a worldwide grounding.]]>
11/9/2019 2:00:57 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir calls on all airlines to reduce scale of carbon emissions]]>CAIRO - 7 November 2019: - Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company Ahmed Adel has called on all airlines to reach solutions for reducing the scale of carbon emissions.

Adel's call came in a speech at the 52nd annual general assembly meeting of the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) in Kuwait, in the presence of board chairmen of Arab airlines and more than regional and international 300 experts in the field of aviation, according to a statement released by the company on Thursday.

During his speech, the company's chairman said that all airlines should make good use of advanced technology to cut the scale of emissions from the burning of aircraft fuel, for their negative impact on environment, the statement added.

Also, he shed light on the air transport's role in achieving sustainable development and securing jobs in other sectors that are related to the aviation field.

The AACO general assembly meeting approved the new formation of members, who were elected in the executive committee until 2022.

The meeting urged all aviation companies to consider the ICAO global system on compensation for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as the only market-based international aviation mechanism.]]>
11/7/2019 7:05:51 PM
<![CDATA[EASYJET to launch holidays in Egypt for 1st time in 2020]]>
According to Sunshine website, the holiday provider will sell packages to Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh, following the end of a four-year flight ban to the destination.

Bixby said in a speech during a travel conference, "We will offer a curated selection of hotels that we know are popular in Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh entering the summer in 2020."Paul added that plans would be "kept small" with between 10 and 12 hotels in each location according to Travel Weekly.

In 2018, the country saw an increase in British tourists by 39 percent compared to the previous year.This is thought to further increase next year after the flight ban to Sharm El-Sheikh was lifted earlier this year.

The UK Government banned all flights to the region in 2014 after a Russian aircraft was bombed shortly after take-off, killing everyone on board. TUI also announced that they would be launching holidays to Sharm El-Sheikh, starting on November 7.

Egypt is a popular location for British holidaymakers with cheap deals to the Red Sea.

UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort have been suspended since December 2015, after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Since then, both sides have negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all the procedures demanded by the Russian side.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison said earlier.
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11/5/2019 3:05:18 PM
<![CDATA[PICS: Marsa Shagara, the Red Sea’s new diver attraction ]]>
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11/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: discover the most popular tourist attractions in South Sinai]]>
Islam Abdel Samie, head of the Tourism Authority of South Sinai, told Egypt Today that one of the oldest carved temples, Goddess Hathor Temple, is located in Serabit el-Khadim.

Hathor is one of the most important ancient Egyptian deities, worshipped in the city of Dandara, Upper Egypt.

Serabit el-Khadim is a mining region and was used by the ancient Egyptians to extract various minerals, mainly turquoise; hence Sinai was named the Land of Turquoise.

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Serabit el Khadim - Wikimedia commons

Wadi Maghareh is also a mining region that was used to extract minerals, and contains inscriptions dating back to Pharaonic Egypt (the old, central and modern states).

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File:Khufu Wadi Maghara.png - Wikipedia

El-Markha Plain, which extends along the coast of the Gulf of Suez, acted as a maritime port, through which the ancient Egyptians' mining missions entered Sinai to extract minerals.

South Sinai Governorate is the least populated governorate of Egypt, located in the east of the country, encompassing the southern half of the Sinai Peninsula. Saint Catherine's Monastery, an Eastern Orthodox Church monastery and UNESCO World Heritage site of world renown, is located in the central part of the governorate. ]]>
11/4/2019 1:11:57 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm Al-Sheikh to host camel racing starting Nov. 14]]>
The race is divided into 30 rounds – Only three rounds will include men riding the camels, while camels in other rounds will be controlled by remote controlled robots, Muzaini told Egypt Today, adding that the owner of the winning camel in each of the rounds would be rewarded.

Salama Ibrahim, head of the competitions committee of the federation, said that the camels from various Egyptian governorates are currently being registered, adding that each of the participating camels must be carrying the electronic chip containing all the data of the ride.

Saleh Abu Mohammed, head of the Camel Club in South Sinai's Nuweiba said that the support of the UAE, represented in its Camel Racing Federation, had provided an opportunity for Egyptian camels to show their strength in competition, while keeping pace with the modern trend in camel races through using the riding robots. He added that valuable prizes would be granted for winners.

Remote controlled robots have been widely used in camel racing instead of child jockeys due to pressure of human rights bodies.

In October, the first version of the international camel racing festival in Sharm Al-Sheikh, also sponsored by the UAE, was launched with the participation of 600 camels from different governorates.

Also, Egyptian camels occupied the first four positions in a racing at the Crown Prince Camel Festival at the King Faisal Park in Taif, Saudi Arabia, in August this year.
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11/3/2019 12:22:29 PM
<![CDATA[1st Egyptian handicapped child climbs Jebel Musa in South Sinai]]>
According to a Thursday statement, the climbing took place under the auspices of Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and comes as an invitation to the whole world to visit Sinai and enjoy its spectacular nature.

Fouad said that she is proud of this event as it represents an actual step towards integrating Egypt’s handicapped in environmental activities. As part of this event, Fouad met on October 18 with Mazen Hamza, the First Egyptian handicapped mountain climber.

Fouad discussed with Hamza all the security procedures needed to guarantee the safety of Hussein during his adventure. The ministry affirmed in its statement that they are working on a strategy that aims at developing human capabilities and skills through nature.
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11/1/2019 12:28:15 PM
<![CDATA[Abu Maliha Valley, a peace of mind]]>
North of the city of Hurgada, 55 km, within a huge area called Kobat Al-Nakhla, lies the valley of Abu Maliha, which has a unique nature; it has a lake of rain water interspersed among palm trees.

Head of the Tour Guides Syndicate, Bashar Abu Taleb, said this particular valley has its own magic, it is placed within the extension of Jebel Al-Dokhan and Jebel Shayeb Al-Banat, which is also called Everest of the Red Sea.

He added that the area is a usual destination for nature lovers, explorers and geologists, because of the mountains surrounding it, with their distinctive geological diversity.

He continued in an interview with Egypt Today that the place is so rare that if it were not only for the tribesmen, this location would be still unknown.

Abu Taleb explained that the area is “an oasis of paradise that lacks marketing and supply, and needs to be known to tourists, and put on the list of tourist programs.”

For his part, Ayman Moawad, a senior Juhayna tribesman, said that the valley of Maliha provides a psychological rest for its visitors.

Moawad added that the valley is concentrated in the areas and collects rain water that falls on the mountain heights, which led to the growth of mountain trees and palms and the preservation of water amid greenery line in an exquisite painting.

For his part, tourism expert, Essam Ali, said that the valley Maliha, if included in the list of tourism programs, will be on top of international tourist attractions, especially with the variety of marine activity available.
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10/31/2019 4:14:30 PM
<![CDATA[Qantas, Southwest stepping up checks for cracks in 737 NG aircraft after issues found]]>
The cracks are on what is known as the “pickle fork” - a part that attaches the plane’s fuselage, or body, to the wing structure.

Repairing the cracks requires grounding the airplane, with remedial work costing an estimated $275,000 per aircraft, according to aviation consultancy IBA.

Boeing on Oct. 11 said 38 planes worldwide had been grounded after urgent checks but has not provided a further update. The issue surfaced while the newer 737 MAX model is grounded globally following two deadly crashes.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Oct. 2 mandated checks of 737 NGs with more than 30,000 take-off and landing cycles within seven days.

It said jets with 22,600 to 29,999 cycles must be inspected within 1,000 cycles, which typically correspond to the number of flights.

Qantas discovered cracks in a plane with about 26,700 cycles that was undergoing heavy maintenance, while Southwest found cracks in one with about 28,500 cycles, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

A Qantas spokesman said the airline had found cracking in one jet with just under 27,000 cycles that had been removed from service for repair.

He said that no Qantas jets had yet reached 30,000 cycles, but that the airline would inspect 33 planes with more than 22,600 cycles by the end of this week.

A Southwest spokesman said he could not confirm the number of cycles of the three jets the airline has pulled from service for pickle fork repairs. He said the company has complied with the FAA directive on inspections but was expanding checks to its entire 737 NG fleet.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, Boeing said all 737 NGs with more than 30,000 flight cycles and about one-third of planes with over 22,600 flight cycles had been inspected for pickle fork cracks.

The manufacturer said additional assessments were underway to determine the cause and potential implications for planes with fewer than 22,600 cycles.

“Depending on the results of these assessments, additional inspections or repairs may be required,” Boeing said.

It said that so far the repair costs were not big enough to affect its bottom line. But the company added that it could not estimate potential future financial impacts because since the inspections were ongoing.

A Boeing spokesman on Wednesday said he could not provide a further update.

American Airlines and United Airlines, whose 737 NG fleets have less than 30,000 cycles, are also inspecting their entire fleets but have not found any pickle fork issues so far, representatives for both airlines said.

Virgin Australia said it had already inspected all 19 of its 737 NGs with more than 22,600 cycles and did not find any cracks.

South Korea’s transport ministry said all nine 737 NGs grounded in the country with cracks had more than 30,000 cycles.]]>
10/30/2019 12:27:24 PM
<![CDATA[Trial of Terminal 2 at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on Thursday ]]>
The inauguration of the renovation works is part of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s plan to accommodate the increasing number of passengers, especially during this winter season, with the tourists’ flow to the South Sinai resort expected to rise.

The ministry has concluded the development works at the airport, which includes expanding the Terminal 2 to accommodate 9 million passengers per year, instead of 7 million only. As part of the strategy, the ministry plans to increase the capacity to accommodate 20 million passengers annually, and increase the number of gates from eight to 12, in addition to finalizing all development works surrounding Terminal 2, which are worth L.E. 800 million.

The development works further tackle the security system inside and outside the airport, including the installation of surveillance cameras, passport check counters, in a bid to smoothen the flow of accessing the airport.

Terminal 2 Project at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport is one of the main projects by the ministry to revamp Egyptian airports, raise its efficiency, and increase the capacity, and equipping the facility with the latest international technological systems and providing passengers with the best services. This strategy goes the line with the objectives of Egypt Vision 2030 to develop the air transport’s industry system.

Egypt has significantly invested in safety and security measures including CCTV, airport security, GPS on tour buses and continually reviews and enhances these security steps.
On October 22, the British government removed its advisory against flying to Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort.

“This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights,” British Ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams said in the statement.

First British flight to Sharm el-Sheikh is expected to run in December. ]]>
10/29/2019 4:16:33 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism minister leaves for Riyadh]]>
Mashaat will be attending the fund's meetings at an invitation from the fund's board. The meetings are held under the auspices of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

The main theme of the meetings will be "An Initiative for Investment Future". The initiative is an international forum tackling global investment orientations and new partnerships that will outline the future of investment.

Mashaat will take part in a session on tourism and explain efforts exerted by her ministry for upgrading the tourism sector in Egypt. ]]>
10/29/2019 1:19:25 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 1st Dreamliner flight to New York]]>
EgyptAir has six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets, a state-of-the-art aircraft model offering high-end passenger-pleasing features.]]>
10/28/2019 11:28:34 AM
<![CDATA[UK Amb. expects 0.5M UK visitors to Egypt after Sharm Al-Sheikh ban lifted]]>
In an interview with Egyptian TV program Al-Hekaya, Adams expressed his delight at his country's decision to lift the ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, given the significance of tourism to Egypt, expecting UK visitors to come to Egypt to enjoy a happy and problem-free vacation.

Adams also offered promoting tourism to Sharm el-Sheikh, along with the Egyptian government.

Adams said that the intensive cooperation between the British and Egyptian authorities contributed significantly to lifting the flight ban to Sharm el-Sheikh airport.

The UK government announced Tuesday it lifted flight restrictions to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh, and no longer advises airlines against flying to the Red Sea resort's airport.

According to the UK government's statement, improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.

This is the first step in the resumption of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, which is a popular destination for UK holidaymakers. This decision supports air carriers to provide more choice to travellers hoping to visit the country.

UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort has been suspended since December 2015, after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Since then, both sides negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all procedures demanded by the Russian side.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” said Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison.]]>
10/27/2019 10:04:36 AM
<![CDATA[Tourism Min. meets JATA head at Tourism Expo Japan 2019]]>
The Egyptian minister highlighted that the tourism industry grew by 16.5 percent in 2018, according to the World Tourism and Travel Council figures, which is over four times the average growth of global tourism, recording 3.9 percent.

Al-Mashat listed Tokyo as one of the most important Japanese tourism exporting cities to Egypt, followed by Osaka, and Hokkaido.

According to Mashat, the number of Japanese tourists to Cairo increased by 38.2 percent during the first nine months of 2019, in comparison to the same period of 2018.

Tourism EXPO Japan 2019, scheduled for October 24 and 25, focused on tourism as a major factor for the revitalization of regional economy and job creations.

During the meeting, Tagawa said Egypt is deemed an important tourist destination by Japanese, who are keen to visit and get to know more about the Egyptian culture and heritage.

Tagawa further said he is looking forward to know more about the tourism sector in Egypt and looking forward to cooperate with the Ministry of Tourism in the coming period to increase the number of Japanese tourists to Egypt.

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Mashat also pointed out that there are many aspects of cooperation between the two countries in many fields and projects, including the Great Egyptian Museum, which is carried out in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Organization (JICA), inviting JATA to organize flights to visit the museum after its inauguration.

Mashat said the ministry was keen to participate in the tourism exhibition, which is being held for the first time in Osaka, as it considers it one of the most important international tourism exhibitions.]]>
10/27/2019 8:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Luxor governor to open 6th Korean Cultural Day Monday]]>
The Cultural Day will include several activities that show Korean customs and heritage, such as a photo gallery about Korea and its culture.

Movies featuring the Korean culture will also be shown and products offered by the two sides will be available. ]]>
10/26/2019 4:04:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Azerbaijan FMs talk ways of tourism boosting ]]>
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the statement said.

“The meeting also tackled cooperation in the field of tourism after the launching of the direct flight route between Baku and Sharm El-Sheikh in July 18, 2019, which contributed to higher tourism rates between Egypt and Azerbaijan. In this context, Shoukry expressed Egypt's keenness on increasing tourist traffic into Sharm El-Sheikh during the winter season,” the statement read.


Both sides tackled discuss bilateral relations and issues of common interest, the statement said, adding, “the two officials also exchanged means of boosting and promoting bilateral relations, while emphasizing the prospects of cooperation in the energy sector and refineries in Egypt, especially after all obstacles facing the project were overcome.”

“Finally, the two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on regional issues of mutual interest, whereby Shoukry reviewed developments of the peace process and Egypt's stance and vision vis-à-vis the proposed initiatives, and the developments regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations,” the statement said.

In his speech at the summit, Shoukry discussed the water scarcity that faces African Sahel and Egypt, according to a statement from the ministry of Saturday.

“The problem of water scarcity has become a threat to many parts of the world, especially the African Sahel and Egypt […] all parties when they deal with transboundary rivers and water streams, should act in good faith with an approach to avoid disputes and conflicts,” said Shourkry in his speech.

Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the $4-billion dam; Cairo voiced concern over its water share after Ethiopia started building the dam on the Blue Nile in May 2011.

A series of tripartite talks between the two countries along with Sudan began in 2014. One year later, the three countries signed the Declaration of Principles, per which the downstream countries [Egypt and Sudan] should not be negatively affected by the construction of the dam. However, Cairo and Addis Ababa have recently blamed each other for hindering a final agreement concerning a technical problem.

Sisi voiced his aspiration to reach an agreement that bears the common interests of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia into account.]]>
10/26/2019 1:42:17 PM
<![CDATA[Monthly flights between Egyptian, Moroccan airliners reach 90: official]]>
This comes on the sidelines of an initiative launched by Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc with a number of Egyptian tourism companies, to visit a number of Moroccan cities, with the aim of promoting tourism between the two countries.

The regional representative stressed the presence of continuous communication between the Egyptian and Moroccan governments to discuss ideas and ways to facilitate the flow of tourism, and to review all proposals to facilitate obtaining visas and removing obstacles that prevent the activation of cooperation protocols in the field of tourism.

The Royal Air Maroc has been working for three years with the Egyptian tourism companies in order to push forward the Egyptian-Moroccan tourism, the representative said.

He also referred to the partnership between the Royal Air Maroc and Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir, to serve the customers of both airliners, in light of the strong relations between the two countries.

Huge leap

The Central Bank of Egypt earlier in October revealed that tourism revenues increased by $2.7 billion to reach $12.570 billion in FY 2019/2018, compared to $9.804 billion in FY 2017/2018.

A report issued by the World Bank under the title "From Floating to Prosperity" praised the structural reforms, stressing that the financial reforms have paid off and led to a gradual decrease in the fiscal deficit.

Egypt has jumped nine places in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in September.According to the WEF's travel and tourism ranking report, Egypt's tourism sector ranked 65 in the TTCI.

The report showed that Egypt made a huge leap in tourism promotion and marketing strategy.

According to the report, Egypt is the first Middle Eastern and North African country in the field of environmental sustainability and cultural resources. Egypt also showed the best performance in the security and safety index, the report added.

For her part, Tourism Minister Rania el-Mashat said the new ranking in the TTCI comes in culmination of Egypt's efforts to develop the tourism industry, referring to the structural reform program in this regard.
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10/24/2019 1:28:22 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir urges passengers to arrive at airport 3 hours prior their flights]]>
To avoid delays in flights, the national carrier urged the passengers to be at the airport early as more heavy rains are expected to pour all over Cairo today. ]]>
10/23/2019 12:43:58 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Promotion Authority launches campaign about Mount Moses, Colored Valley]]>
"If climbing mountains is one of your hobbies, visit Mount Moses in Sinai to live a challenging and fascinating adventure…Discover the beauty and the secrets hidden in the Colored Valley," the authority tweeted.

This comes as part of Egypt's promotional campaign on social media platforms within the framework of the Ministry of Tourism's efforts to provide a contemporary image of Egypt.

This also comes in light of the ministry's interest in modernizing the mechanisms of promotion and using modern platforms to reach those interested in the Egyptian natural beauty and civilization.


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10/23/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo ranked 3rd in Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations for 2020]]>
The year 2020 is anticipated to be a promising year for Cairo and Egypt as a whole. By then, Egypt will have inaugurated the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), the world’s largest museum dedicated to a single civilization.

The Lonely Planet also recommended the Sphinx Airport in Giza for Luxor and the Red Sea holidaymakers, as tourists could take a domestic flight therefrom. There are airports also in Aswan, Sharm el-Sheikh, Marsa Alam, and Hurghada. A trip to GEM will probably include another to the Pyramids as well, given how close they are to the museum.

This coincides with the return of U.K. flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, and there are expectations that Russia will follow suit soon.

The capital of Egypt boasts other places that exhibit culture and history, most notably Islamic Cairo with all its ancient mosques and unique Islamic architecture, Coptic Cairo with even older churches, and countless museums.
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10/22/2019 6:40:14 PM
<![CDATA[Mashat: 'We welcome British tourists to Sharm el-Sheikh']]>
She added “This step is a testament to the continuous efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to ensure the safety and security of every visitor in all of Egypt’s destinations, and in South Sinai in particular,” according to a Tuesday statement by the Ministry of Tourism.

Egypt has significantly invested in safety and security measures including CCTV, airport security, GPS on tour buses and continually reviews and enhances these security steps.

Dr. Al-Mashat said “The lift of the travel ban on Sharm El Sheikh regains confidence in one of the most popular, entertaining and enjoyable tourism destinations globally, welcoming tourists from all over the world.”

The British government has today informed airlines that it no longer advises against flying to Sharm el-Sheikh airport. An advice that was imposed since November 2015.

The Minister of Tourism highlighted that “International institutions have acknowledged the improvements witnessed in Egypt’s security infrastructure. According to the World Economic Forum’s latest 2019 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report (TTCR), Egypt had the fourth-highest TTCI performance improvement and ranked the most improved in the MENA region on the safety and security pillar. Moreover, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) attributed the growth in Egypt’s tourism sector to the hugely improved security infrastructure, and awarded Egypt the annual “2019 Global Champion Award” for promoting tourism resilience.

In a statement issued by the British Embassy in Egypt this morning, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison said: “The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future.”

British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said: “This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights."]]>
10/22/2019 2:12:52 PM
<![CDATA[UK lifts flight restriction on Sharm El-Sheikh Airport]]>
According to the UK government's statement, improvements in security procedures at the airport, and close co-operation between the UK and Egypt on aviation security, mean commercial airlines can now be allowed to operate routes to and from the airport.

“The UK has been clear that flights to Sharm El-Sheikh should resume when the security situation allows. I am pleased that today we can announce the lifting of the current restrictions. We will continue to work closely with our partners in Egypt and airlines that plan to resume flights in the future,” said Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr Andrew Murrison.

This is the first step in the resumption of flights to Sharm El-Sheikh, which is a popular destination for UK holidaymakers. This decision supports air carriers to provide more choice to travellers hoping to visit the country.

"We look forward to services to Sharm El-Sheikh resuming, and lifting the restriction is the first step in that process. The safety and security of British nationals remains our top priority and this decision follows close co-operation between our aviation security experts and their Egyptian counterparts, and improvements in security procedures at the airport," said Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport in the statement published on the UK government's official website.

“This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights," British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said in a statement from the UK embassy in Cairo, commenting on the decision.

“We will also continue our work with Egyptian officials to ensure the safety and security of British nationals, which remains our top priority,” added Adams.

The number of UK tourists have grown in recent years, despite the restriction on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh. There were approximately 415,000 visitors in 2018.

UK flights to the South Sinai famous resort has been suspended since December 2015, after a Russian passenger plane was downed in a terrorist attack, killing all 224 people on board. Since then, both sides negotiated the resumption of flights, especially as Egypt heightened security measures and implemented all procedures demanded by the Russian side. ]]>
10/22/2019 1:00:25 PM
<![CDATA[Britain lifts advisory against flying to Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh resort: statement]]>
“This announcement follows our aviation security experts’ close cooperation with their Egyptian counterparts. We will work closely with airlines who wish to resume flights,” British Ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams said in the statement.]]>
10/22/2019 12:32:22 PM
<![CDATA[Sun rays illuminate face of Ramses II in Aswan for 20 minutes]]>
For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.

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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today


The phenomenon start at 5:49 am and continued till 6:09 am.

On February 22, a day celebrating the king's birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as the statue of king Ramses II.

The statues sit in the company of the Theban god of darkness, Ptah (who remains in the shadows all year).

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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today

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Sun rays illuminated the face of Ramses II statue in its sanctuary in the Abu Simple temple in south Aswan - Egypt Today ]]>
10/22/2019 11:03:27 AM
<![CDATA[Giza Zoo welcomes newborn hippo, kudu, Arabian oryx ]]>
According to Maha Sabry, the director of Giza Zoo, the newborn hippo is 13 days old, and is always kept with its mother inside an isolated lake, for the sake of its protection. “[The newborn hippo] is rarely removed from the water at the present time, and the delivery process was underwater in addition to breastfeeding, and soon will be available to the public as well as the Kudu and the Arabian Oryx,” she said.

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Newborn Kudu at Giza Zoo - Egypt Today


The hippopotamus is a huge African Herbivore and is commonly known in Egypt as “Sayed Qeshta.”

The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal that inhabits lakes and rivers in Africa and lives in groups. It stays most of the day in the water or mud until it cools. Herding is an activity performed by each animal alone, i.e., that they do not gather as they do in the water near each others.

Native to the deserts of Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Oryx is considered endangered due to uncontrolled hunting and capture. It went extinct in the wild in 1972, but rescue operations took over, and transferred to zoos for captive breeding.

Giza Zoo has recently received two Red Kangaroos coming from Slovakia. The garden has never hosted Kangaroos since its establishment in 1891. However, the zoo is now rendered without elephants after the death of Naema the Elephant due to a blood clot in its heart, according to Director of Giza Zoo Maha Saber.

A periodic vaccination campaign takes part of Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture, General Authority for Veterinary Services to protect animals from common diseases such as Ovine rinderpest, which is contagious and common among goats and sheep.

Giza Zoo Head, Mohamed Raga’ei, said that these kinds of campaigns usually take place during the Zoo weekly off day, with the participation of workers and veterinarians.

Giza Zoo is Egypt's most famous and historic zoo; it is also considered the biggest animal park in the Middle East, and it was opened for the public in 1891 during the rule of Khedive Tawfiq. Many kinds of rare and endangered animals and birds live in the park.

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10/21/2019 1:30:55 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir In-Flight Service Company presents services for Korean flights]]>
A statement released on Monday said EgyptAir In-Flight Service Company has offered a package of privileges to guarantee a rapid delivery and a quality of service in supplying all flights, making it successful in presenting the service to the Korean flights which kicked off from Cairo International Airport this week.

The statement said the company's policy depends on expanding its supply units in accordance with a major investment plan to guarantee the best ever services from Borg el Arab Airport and other tourist destinations in the current season or the coming seasons in Marsa Allam, Aswan and Luxor.

The plan also reflects the company's keenness on developing is business in view of the increasing demand and a flourishing tourism movement from various world countries especially central Asia and East Europe, added the statement.]]>
10/21/2019 12:04:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt launches Ain Sokhna-Mombasa shipping line]]>
The line will offer a full range of transport and logistics services to global traders working with East African countries, Tawfik added.

Tawfiq made the remarks during his participation in a conference on governance index in Africa that was organized by the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies.

The shipping line is part of Gosoor Project adopted by the Public Enterprise Ministry to enhance foreign trade between Egypt and Eastern and Central African states.

The project aims, in its first phase, to provide an integrated logistics and transportation services chain for external trade and industry with East African countries through companies under the public business sector ministry, in addition to providing a goods insurance service, Tawfiq said.

The second stage of the project is to be finalized in the second quarter of 2020 and will include assembly and custom clearance services at ports, exhibitions and the establishment of a marketing and mediation company in partnership with domestic banks and private sector investors, he added. ]]>
10/21/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['Cross Egypt Challenge' rally important tourist event: Minya governor]]>
Minya is the second leg of the event that includes a series of endurance cross-country motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted through the roads of Egypt.

The governor gave participants souvenirs and invited them to visit Minya again.

Around 34 participants, including 16 foreigners from six countries, are taking part in the rally.

The rally route extends over 2,650 km and will be completed over eight stages with one rest day planned in Luxor.

The route will start from Alexandria, heads south to the capital Cairo before riding along the Nile valley down to Minya.

From Minya, the challenge will make its way to the Kharga Oasis in the heart of the Egyptian Western Desert then back towards the Nile Valley to reach Luxor, the capital of ancient Egypt and the largest open air museum in the world where the riders will enjoy a rest day for sightseeing in this magnificent destination.

From Luxor the challenge will then head west to cross the Egyptian Eastern desert - one of the most challenging deserts on the face of the planet due to its rock formation and high mountain range - then south along the Red Sea shores to reach one brand new destination, Bernice in the deep Egyptian south and the closest location to Shalatein where the riders will spend their night on the shore of the Red Sea.

From Bernice, the north ascend starts as the challenge heads back north along the Red Sea Riviera to make stops in Hurghada/Elgouna and Sokhna. The final leg of the season will take place between Sokhna and Cairo to end the challenge under the great pyramids of Giza. ]]>
10/20/2019 1:38:16 PM
<![CDATA[Direct flights from Cyprus to Alexandria start within 6 months: Gov.]]>
The governor said in a press statement that it is expected to reach two flights a week.

On Saturday morning, a Cypriot cruise ship carrying 500 tourists of different nationalities arrived at Alexandria port. SALAMIS FILOXENIA ship carries on board the Mayor of the Cypriot city of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, alongside a high-level official delegation coming from Cyprus to visit Alexandria.



Konsowa received a group of popular leaders and many residents of the Mediterranean city tourists on arrival at the port.

On the other hand, Phedonos said that Egypt's difficult tourism period is over, and the number of tourists is expected to reach 3,500 in 2020.

He added that in the coming period, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus will witness tourism programs to stimulate tourism.

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Governor of Alexandria and Mayor of Paphos during the conference - Press Photo
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10/19/2019 1:00:56 PM
<![CDATA[Iconic Tahrir Square to be turned into ‘tourist destination’]]>
Tahrir Square is a symbol of a pivotal turning point for the Egyptians as it was the central place where millions of people protested against former President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old era in 2011 Revolution. The square also witnessed the events of the 30 June 2013 when millions of Egyptians demonstrated and ousted the regime of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood’s ruling.

According to the statement, a pharaonic obelisk will be transferred to the square, adding that Minister of Housing Assem El Gazzar reviewed the structural system of the obelisk. He also was updated on the plan of gardening the area with planting more palm and olive trees.

The banners in the square will be removed to show aesthetic facades of the buildings of distinctive urban style, the statement continued.
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10/18/2019 3:07:58 PM
<![CDATA[Reprieve for Thomas Cook's UK stores as Hays Travel deal saves up to 2,500 jobs]]>
Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company whose shops have been a feature of British town centers for generations, collapsed last month, stranding tens of thousands of passengers as its UK business went into liquidation.

Hays Travel will buy all 555 stores as part of a deal brokered by insolvency advisers KPMG, and the privately-owned travel firm will look to re-employ former employees from Thomas Cook’s retail operations.

It also rejected the notion that high street travel agents are dying.

“We’re a successful business and because we’re independent and offer all tour operators, then we are optimistic that we will trade well ... in all of the shops,” founder John Hays told reporters after the deal.

Thomas Cook collapsed after it became unable to service its debts and failed to convince banks to back a rescue plan in the face of changing customer habits and intense competition from low-cost airlines and internet companies.

It had created the largest chain of travel agents in Britain when it merged its retail operations with those of the Co-operative Group and the Midlands Co-operative Society in 2011.

Hays Travel, a family company which is jointly owned and managed by Managing Director John Hays and Chair Irene Hays, will now be taking that network on.

The 40-year-old firm based in Sunderland in north-east England reached sales of more than 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) in 2018.

Its management said it was optimistic the shops would prosper thanks to the firm’s distinctive approach, where employees have free rein to give each branch a distinctive character, often built through social media.

“The death of the high street travel is a question we’ve been asked for many years, but we feel we do something different to other high street travel agents,” John Hays told reporters.

“We live in a digital world ... The Web was their enemy (at Thomas Cook), whereas if you ask the Hays Travel member of staff, they would say the Web is their friend, because we interact positively with it.”

Hays Travel currently operates just 190 of its own branches across the United Kingdom, employing 1,900 people.

The company said it had no plans to close any shops, but would evaluate the performance of each store going forward.

Hays Travel did not disclose financial details of the deal, other than saying it had been funded without taking on any debt.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary (RYA.I) last week said the business models of both tour operators and travel agents were dead as no young people bought holidays from them.

Irene Hays said her company’s data showed differently.

“There has been a huge resurgence in package holidays in recent years,” she told reporters. “It’s evident, it’s in all of our metrics. So the answer is no, we do not agree with Michael O’Leary.”]]>
10/16/2019 3:03:22 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo hosts 1st honey festival Wednesday ]]>
Scheduled to take place from Oct. 16 to 18, the Egyptian Honey Festival invites citizens to attend and taste different types of honey and other bee products.

The

event

addresses all family members and people of different ages, as it includes a fair for honey producers, and presents to the visitors the technology of producing and packaging honey.

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First honey festival poster - Facebook


As part of the event’s program, chefs will offer recipes using honey, and participants can take part in competitions with prizes offered by exhibitors.

The event is free of charge, and will take place at Merryland garden in Heliopolis; visitors will only need to pay the garden entry fees of L.E. 20 ($1.23). ]]>
10/15/2019 11:43:12 AM
<![CDATA[Interfaith Forum delegations arrive at religion hub St. Catherine]]>
The forum, titled "Here we Pray Together" in its fifth edition, sends a message of religious tolerance to humanity from St. Catherine, said Ministry of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy.

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Interfaith Forum participants arrive at St. Catherine Airport - Egypt Today

The airport and the road therefrom to the city have been renovated, and much of the work required to develop and secure St. Catherine Valley and St. Catherine Monastery has been accomplished. A passage of 1.6 kilometer was paved with natural stones leading to the ancient monastery.

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St. Catherine Monastery - CC via Wikimedia Commons

It is believed that Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments in the city, specifically on Mount Moses, also known as Mount Sinai, at whose foot lies the monastery.

At a 2.285-meter elevation, the mountain is hiked for sport and religious reasons. It is usually hiked at night in 1.5 to 4 hours so sunrise could be seen illuminating the reddish peaks and valleys below the second highest mountain in Egypt. If climbed in the winter, the mountain tops would be covered in snow. The mountain is a relatively easy hike.

Other peaks in the mountainous St. Catherine are more challenging and way less commercialized, such as Umm Shumar, which also prides itself in beautiful views at the peak. The Red Mountain is a moderate hike with beautiful views on the way to the top.

St. Catherine City is a natural reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Area. It boasts the Nubian ibex, rock hyraxes, migrating birds and hundreds of naturally grown medicinal plants. Some tourists take days-long walks from St. Catherine to Sharm el-Sheikh or el-Tur cities with Bedouin guides to see splendid rock formations and small streams floating down boulders in the heart of the desert in and after the rain season in places such as Wadi Esla and Wadi Te’la.

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10/11/2019 3:58:34 PM
<![CDATA[Likely increase in number of Italian tourists to Egypt: amb.]]>
During his inauguration on Thursday of the Egyptian pavilion at the 2019 TTG Incontri exhibition in the Italian city of Rimini, Badr said that great efforts are being made to raise the number of flights between Egypt and Italy, as well as the re-launch of cruises.

He added that the Egyptian pavilion saw a high turnout from exhibitors and Italian and international tourism federations, which reflects the great passion of Italians for visiting different Egyptian tourist attractions.

TTG Incontri is an international tourism event for B2B exhibition. The event provides an opportunity for several tourism federations, tour operators and travel agencies to discuss ways to move the industry forward.

Badr said the Egyptian embassy in Rome has been making significant efforts to promote the Egyptian tourism product, citing the Egyptian cultural exhibition that lasted for six months in the Italian city of Viterbo, in addition to establishing partnerships with a group of Italian channels to broadcast episodes about the ancient Egyptian civilization. ]]>
10/10/2019 2:53:47 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi approves deal with Bahrain to exempt diplomats from obtaining entry visas]]>
The deal was sealed in Manama on November 11, 2018.

The presidential decree was published in the official gazette today. ]]>
10/10/2019 2:37:51 PM
<![CDATA[Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking tourists]]>
The sight has become such a draw in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that authorities have set a weekend deadline for the removal of dozens of cafes that have cropped up, citing safety concerns.

“I love it. It’s crazy, and completely different to anywhere I’ve been before,” said Australian tourist Laura Metze, after a train rumbled by.

“I can also see why they would close it down because it’s pretty dangerous.”

Built in 1902 under French colonial rulers, the railway to Vietnam’s northern provinces carries passengers and cargo mostly between Hanoi and the eastern city of Haiphong, and the remote towns of Lang Son and Lao Cai, on the mountainous border with China.

It uses an old-fashioned French narrow gauge, and is so old that when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Hanoi in February for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, he had to stop at the border and continue by car.

In Hanoi, the line brushes the rear of houses and shops as it snakes through the city’s dense center. Vendors stroll on the tracks, selling snacks on skewers, while some visitors sit on the railway lines and soak in the vibe.

In recent months, crowds of tourists have gathered along the railway to snap selfies with passing trains or lounge at trackside cafes.

On Sunday, a train had to make an emergency stop soon after leaving Hanoi railway station to avoid hitting tourists, state media said.

The next day, the city’s governing body ordered the cafes removed by Saturday to “ensure traffic safety”, at the request of the transport ministry.

“Though the railway cafes attract tourists, they are, in fact, violating some regulations,” Ha Van Sieu, a government tourism official, told media on Tuesday.

New and creative tourism products are encouraged, but must conform to legal regulations, Sieu added.

Vietnam received 12.87 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of this year, up nearly 11% on the year, government data shows.]]>
10/9/2019 2:49:34 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir hosts meetings of AFRAA cargo committee]]>
EgyptAir Cargo plays a pivotal role in the exchange of information among flag carriers of AFRAA member states, said board chairman Bassem Gohar in a statement.

He made it clear that his company effectively contributes to implementing a comprehensive strategic plan meant to enhance cooperation between African air cargo firms.

Established in 1968, AFRAA aims to promote and serve African airlines, and to champion Africa’s aviation industry. It groups 37 members and EgyptAir was among its founding states.]]>
10/8/2019 12:12:32 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates its first flights to Budapest with newly joined A220-300 plane]]>
In a statement released on Monday, the national carrier said the operation comes in light of the strategies adopted by the company to develop services presented to its customers worldwide.

Egyptair’s A220-300 is configured in a two-class cabin layout of a total of 140 seats which are split into 15 premium economy and 125 economy class seats.

The A220’s widebody cabin and unbeatable fuel efficiency offers passengers a greater level of comfort and space, whilst also providing the airline with lower operating costs.]]>
10/7/2019 12:36:12 PM
<![CDATA[Tourist delegations visit archaeological sites in Minya ]]>
The delegations are to tour archaeological sites to get acquainted with the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Minya governorate always seeks to promote its tourist destinations so that it would be back on the global tourism map, Minya Governor Qassem Hussein said.

The governor issued directives to the head of the tourism department in the governorate to facilitate all measures and remove all obstacles facing the visitors to offer them an attractive tourism atmosphere. ]]>
10/5/2019 4:19:18 PM
<![CDATA[Emirates A380 touches down in Cairo]]>
Welcomed with a ceremonial water cannon salute, the A380 flight was led by Egyptian Captain Hesham Essawy and UAE National First Officer Abdullah Alyammahi.

The flight was welcomed by key officials including General Ahmed Maher Geneina - Chairman of Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, and Ahmed Fawzy, Chairman of Cairo Airport Authority.

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Travelling on the flight from Dubai was Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer, as well as prominent members from the UAE business community.

Adel Al Redha said, “This day has been in the making for some time, and the Emirates A380’s grand debut in Cairo is the culmination of a lot of planning and hard work. We mark a new chapter in our long-relationship with Egypt by bringing our flagship aircraft to the country. We hope to play a part in Egypt’s success by supporting trade and tourism, and bringing the country closer to the world. We would like to thank the Egyptian government, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the government authorities who have been invaluable in making Emirates’ first A380 service a tremendous success. We look forward to operating the A380 on a scheduled basis to and from Cairo.”

The Emirates A380 operating to Cairo is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 426 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, 76 flat-bed Business Class seats and 14 luxurious First Class Suites. First Class passengers can relax and revitalise in one of the two A380 Shower Spas, and First and Business Class passengers are welcome in the Onboard Lounge to enjoy an extensive range of beverages and delicacies.

Emirates started operations to Cairo in April 1986 with three flights a week and since then, has carried more than 7.3 million passengers to and from Cairo. Operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Cairo and Dubai to match customer demand.

Today, Emirates operates 21 weekly flights between Cairo and Dubai. Earlier this year, Emirates announced it will increase the frequency of flights between Dubai and Cairo, adding four additional flights a week to its existing thrice-daily service, starting 28 October 2019, taking the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 25. Globally, the airline employs more than 2,000 Egyptian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including over 1,000 cabin crew.

The Emirates A380 has become one of the most recognised and admired aircraft in the world, and more than 115 million passengers have experienced the airline's flagship since 2008. Emirates currently has 112 A380s in service and 11 pending delivery, and is set to receive 6 A380s this financial year.
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10/2/2019 1:07:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's tourism revenues rise to $12.6B in 2019]]>
A report issued on Tuesday by the World Bank under the title "From Floating to Prosperity" praised the structural reforms, stressing that the financial reforms have paid off and led to a gradual decrease in the fiscal deficit.

Egypt has jumped nine places in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in September.According to the WEF's travel and tourism ranking report, Egypt's tourism sector ranked 65 in the TTCI.

The report showed that Egypt made a huge leap in tourism promotion and marketing strategy.
According to the report, Egypt is the first Middle Eastern and North African country in the field of environmental sustainability and cultural resources.Egypt also showed the best performance in the security and safety index, the report added.

For her part, Tourism Minister Rania el-Mashat said the new ranking in the TTCI comes in culmination of Egypt's efforts to develop the tourism industry, referring tothe recently-launched structural reform program in this regard.
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10/2/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives 2nd A220-300 plane]]>
The plane was tested at Mirabel Airport, Canada, after the finalization of its assembly measures on Saturday.

The aircraft will be used in internal and regional flights, said chairman of the company Ahmed Adel in a statement. ]]>
10/1/2019 12:34:34 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to receive its second A220-300 plane Tuesday]]>
The plane was tested at Mirabel Airport, Canada, after the finalization of its assembly measures on Saturday and is due in Cairo on Tuesday.

A statement released by EgyptAir on Sunday said a delegation assigned to receive the plane has finalized all measures needed to check its operation efficiency.

The deal of purchase such type of planes comes as part of EgyptAir's strategy to update its fleet which started on September 8 and runs till May.

EgyptAir has also clinched a deal with Airbus to purchase 15 planes of A320neo type and are expected to start delivery in mid 2020.

The larger member of the A220 Family – the A220-300 – was specifically designed and built for the 120-160 seat market. It fuses performance and technology, allowing airlines to connect distant points on continents or sectors between which travel was previously unprofitable or impossible.

The A220-300’s advanced aerodynamics combined with specifically-designed Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines make for an aircraft that delivers 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat than the previous generation aircraft.

The aircraft also leaves half the noise footprint and decreased emissions compared to its predecessor, making it a truly humanity-minded jetliner.

Airbus has delivered more than 80 aircraft of the type A220 to five regional and intercontinental airlines in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, demonstrating the great potential of the new Airbus model.]]>
9/29/2019 11:41:33 AM
<![CDATA[Luxor governor, Chinese diplomat probe boosting tourism]]>
Xiao said China's Embassy in Cairo encourages Chinese citizens to visit Luxor's historic monuments, pointing out to the growth witnessed in the number of Chinese travelers to Egypt over the past tourist season, which was estimated at nearly 500,000.

He expressed hope that the number would double in the coming tourist season.

Meanwhile, the governor said Luxor is ready to receive Chinese tourists, noting that Chinese tourists highly appreciate cultural tourism. ]]>
9/28/2019 4:14:43 PM
<![CDATA[French rail firm SNCF considers joining up Eurostar and Thalys services]]>
The project, dubbed “Green Speed”, aims to increase the number of passengers per year on the combined service to 30 million by 2030, compared with 18.5 million currently.

The SNCF has majority stakes in both Eurostar and Thalys, which run rail services between Britain and France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.]]>
9/27/2019 12:44:23 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir, Lufthansa expand their code-sharing deal]]>
The two companies are members in the Star Alliance, the world's largest global airline alliance.

In a statement on Thursday, EgyptAir said it seeks to reach the largest number of clients, especially in Europe.

Under the expansion deal, EgyptAir can carry its passengers to Hamburg and Köln in Germany in addition to Nice in France and Warsaw in Poland.

A top official in Lufthansa hailed expanding the agreement, noting that Lufthansa passengers can benefit from EgyptAir flights to Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh.

EgyptAir Board Chairman Ashraf el Kholi said the company is keen on promoting its presence in Europe, especially through reaching new destinations.]]>
9/26/2019 1:05:09 PM
<![CDATA[Cirque Du Soleil troupe visits Giza's pyramids]]>
In statements on Tuesday, Director of the Giza Pyramids area Ashraf Mohey Eddin said that he accompanied the troupe in a tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Pyramids plateau.

During their tour, members of the troupe expressed their admiration of the greatness of the Egyptian Pyramids and the way they were built.

Cirque Du Soleil, or the "Sun Circus" in English, is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was originally founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in July 1984, by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. It essentially exploded through the 1990s and 2000s, expanding from one single show to 19 shows in over 271 cities on every continent except Antarctica.]]>
9/24/2019 2:29:14 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. FAA head set to explain Boeing 737 MAX progress to divided world regulators]]>
The closed-door briefing, on the eve of a United Nations aviation assembly in Montreal, will put representatives from about 50 nations in the same room, to swap concerns about Boeing Co’s proposed software fixes and new pilot training.

New FAA administrator Steve Dickson downplayed the chances of a consensus breakthrough, telling Reuters last week that the meeting was more “to provide regulators with the latest information.”

The representatives are drawn from countries with airlines that fly that MAX and those that will have flights of the aircraft landing, he said.

Boeing’s best-selling jet was grounded globally in March, days after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that followed a similar Lion Air disaster in Indonesia in October. A total of 346 people died in the two crashes.

The U.S. manufacturer has spent months working to update critical flight control software at the center of both crashes, in hopes of winning FAA approval for the planes to fly again in the United States between October and December.

Airlines have urged regulators to coordinate on the software changes in a bid to avoid damaging splits over safety, but some countries have already vowed to run their own independent validation studies before restoring flights.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is doing its own examination of the 737 MAX design, said recently there was still no appropriate response to issues with the integrity of the aircraft’s angle of attack system.

In both crashes, erroneous data to one of the angle of attack sensors led to the activation of an automated system that repeatedly pushed down the plane’s nose.

Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law in the Ethiopian crash, and Chris Moore, who lost his daughter, plan to hold pictures of victims outside the meeting.

The FAA turned down their request to attend the briefing but Dickson agreed to meet the two men beforehand, said Nadia Milleron, whose daughter, Samya Stumo, also died in the Ethiopian crash.

The FAA is still reviewing the software update and awaiting a document longer than 500 pages from Boeing detailing the flight control system’s architecture and changes, Dickson said last week.

The agency also wants input from international regulators EASA, Canada and Brazil before it conducts the certification test flight, a key step before final approval.

The 737 MAX grounding is not on the agenda of the assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization, to run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 4, but regulators will be anxious to avoid divisions over actions needed to restore the jet to service.]]>
9/23/2019 2:56:31 PM
<![CDATA[Budget carrier XL Airways seeks rescue deal with Air France]]>
XL Airways, which has said it needs 35 million euros ($38.6 million) in fresh financing, requested in a statement on Sunday a meeting with Air France and the French authorities in the coming hours before a court is expected to put it into receivership on Monday.

In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, also published on Sunday, XL Airways’ Chief Executive Laurent Mignan said his airline could become Air France’s low-cost offer on long-haul routes.

An Air France spokeswoman declined to comment.

Air France, France’s historic national carrier, is part of the Air France-KLM group.

XL Airways operated four Airbus A330 aircraft and provided mainly long-haul flights to the Caribbean, the United States and France’s Reunion island.

XL Airways’ woes follow similar issues at French airline Aigle Azur. Aigle Azur’s unfolding bankruptcy is the latest among smaller European airlines struggling to contend with higher fuel costs and stiff low-cost competition.]]>
9/22/2019 11:59:26 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt jumps 9 places in Tourism Competitiveness Index]]>
According to the WEF's travel and tourism ranking report, Egypt's tourism sector was ranked 65 in the TTCI.

The report showed that Egypt made a huge leap in the tourism promotion and marketing strategy to hold the fifth place.

According to the report, Egypt was the first Middle East and North Africa country in the field of environmental sustainability and cultural resources.

Egypt also showed the best performance in the security and safety index, the report said.

For her part, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat said the new ranking in the TTCI comes in culmination of Egypt's efforts to develop Tourism industry, citing the recently-launched structural reform program in this regard. ]]>
9/21/2019 11:37:04 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir In-Flight Services Company takes part in Hotel Show Dubai 2019]]>
The event is visited by more than 30,000 people.

An EgyptAir delegation, comprising CEO of EgyptAir In-Flight Services Company Hisham Abdel Hafiz, Director of Hotel Services Ahmed Karim and Chef Mohamed Ismail, participated in the event upon directives by Aviation Minister Yunis el Masri.

It is necessary to take part in such events in terms of interaction and exposure in the fields of hotel and airport VIP lounge services, a statement by Abdel Hafiz released Thursday said.

The delegation promoted for the company's products and services offered to its clients which meet international standards as per design and furnishing especially at its Aero café branches.

The exhibition was attended by a large number of chefs from various cuisines who cooked their signature dishes and presented different methods of service and handling of meals]]>
9/19/2019 12:43:33 PM
<![CDATA[Chairman of Egyptian Airports Co. inspects Luxor balloon launch site]]>
Advanced surveillance cameras have been installed at the launch site and hot air balloons are now connected with satellites to guarantee safe flights, Nashar said.

Work is also underway to expand the takeoff area and build a reception hall for passengers, he added. ]]>
9/18/2019 1:08:30 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir offers 50% discount on business class tickets]]>
In a statement released on Tuesday, EgyptAir said its business class in the airliner's flights provides outstanding advantages and services including the super diamond full flat bed in its A330-300 Boeing planes, the full-flat bed in the planes of Boeing 300-777 and the Dreamliner seats in its Boeing B787-9

The reduction in the tickets prices runs for a limited period of time and they can be booked through the company's website, added the statement.]]>
9/17/2019 11:34:54 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir, United Airlines implement code-share agreement]]>
The agreement allows EgyptAir clients to book their tickets from Washington Airport to Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago as of today.

A code-share agreement is an arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight.

A seat can be purchased from an airline on a flight that is actually operated by another airline under a different flight number or code. ]]>
9/17/2019 11:05:39 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir partakes in 25th edition of OTDYKH Leisure in Moscow]]>
The event was attended by representatives of global airlines and tourism companies, besides a group of experts.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Egypt's Ambassador to Russia Ehab Nasr, who praised EgyptAir's efforts to support Egyptian tourism.]]>
9/15/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[US park rangers debunk myth on tossing banana peels, apple cores]]>
Torrential rain has lashed the country for the last two weeks, causing flash floods and mudslides in almost half its provinces, with families evacuated from their homes in boats or makeshift rafts.

Since August 29, 32 people have been killed in the deluge, said a statement from the disaster department on Saturday that also gave the number of people staying in emergency shelters.

Two weather events are behind the widespread floods, the department said -- Storm Podul and a tropical depression that formed over the South China Sea called Kajiki.

Local media reports from the worst-hit province of Ubon Ratchathani showed people wading through chest-deep water and rescuers in boats trying to steer buffalo to higher ground.

Flooding in the province, which borders Laos and Cambodia, has been exacerbated by rising water levels in the Moon and Chi rivers.

"It will take three weeks to drain the floodwater" from up to 90 percent of inundated households, said provincial governor Sarit Witoon.

"The water has slightly receded about four centimetres today and I think it will keep going down," he added.

But the situation is already "unlivable" for families in one-storey homes, said Pongsak Saiwan, local director of opposition party Future Forward.

Access to an entire district is currently cut off due to flood waters, which are about two metres (6.5 foot) deep in the main town, while three major bridges are "impassable", he said.

"The government has been very slow in responding to the situation since the floods started in the beginning of September," Pongsak told AFP.

Ubon Ratchathani's plight started trending on Twitter this week with the hashtag #SaveUbon.

Aerial shots of the flood-hit plains blanketed with muddy river water were widely shared, as well as photos of stray dogs being rescued by passing boats.

One Twitter user compared the flood response to how quickly the government had mobilised and saved 12 young boys and their football coach from a waterlogged cave last year -- an incident that catapulted Thailand to international attention.

"Only 13 lives stuck in the cave and it was still very high-profile, but this is hundreds of thousands of lives," tweeted Yosita8051. "It's not okay."

Thailand's junta leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan O-Cha tweeted on Saturday that he has told agencies to "expedite assistance" to those in the affected areas.]]>
9/14/2019 2:48:00 PM
<![CDATA['People to People' named Middle East’s best promotional movie]]>
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism released the movie last month as part of the country’s campaign to promote for Tourism in Egypt and reform the whole sector.



The announcement came during the participation of Egypt’s Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat at the the 23rd session meetings of the General Assembly of UNWTO. The meetings are taking place starting from September 9 until September 13 at Saint Petersburg city, in Russia.

On September 10, Mashat announced the details of the Ministry's international marketing and promotion partnerships with major international marketing, branding and media companies namely Beautiful Destinations, CNN, China’s Ctrip, Discovery, Expedia Group and Isobar.

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Egypt’s Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat


Across an innovative mix of TV, digital and social media platforms, the Ministry of Tourism is launching a global tourism campaign to showcase the modern and dynamic face of the country with its abundance of experiences for travelers from all around the world, whatever their taste or budget, in addition to tapping on new source markets.

“The diversification of marketing and media platforms, a key pillar of the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program, contributes to the changing narrative of the sector.” said Mashat.

“We will work closely with our international partners to showcase our beautiful country to a wider range of audiences all over the world, with new innovative and competitive concepts of promotion, modern content and digital tools, highlighting the diversity of our destinations and authenticity of our traditions. And through the use of a data-driven approach we will create content tailored to audiences in various markets” added Rania Al-Mashat, the Minister of Tourism.

At the heart of the Ministry's International Marketing and Promotion Partnerships lie the three main components of the third pillar of the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program. They are “GEM2020”, promoting the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization; “People to People” (P2P) campaign, which aims at portraying Egypt not only as a contemporary and prime touristic destination but also sheds light on the diversity and authenticity of the Egyptian people and “Branding by Destination”, creating an identity for each of Egypt’s unique destinations.

This is however, not the first time for Egypt to win this prize, as at the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization in China, Egypt won the award for the Best Tourism Promotional Video in the Middle East, among 63 nominated countries.

The Egyptian participant promotional film titled "This is Egypt", is a 1:20 minute movie that features mesmerizing scenes of the unique tourist attractions of Egypt, highlighting the diverse range of tourist activities available in Egypt and the different types of tourism that can be enjoyed; including cultural, leisure and marine tourism.




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9/12/2019 8:32:20 PM
<![CDATA[Old Cairo’s Ain al-Hayat to be developed into tourist destination]]>
Al Fustat was the first capital of Egypt under Muslim rule.

This comes within a government plan to develop the area surrounding the Museum of Civilization to convert it into an international tourist destination.

The Egyptian Premiere, during his visit, listened to a set of briefs regarding what has been accomplished in the area, as around 241 buildings were removed and 69 families were granted new homes in the 6 October city.

Also, 56 tombs were removed and their owners compensated with new places to live in 15 May city.

The Ministry of Housing has said in earlier remarks that there is a plan to convert the whole area into an international tourist destination for the amount of monuments and historical buildings such as the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, The Synagogue and Saint George Church.
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9/12/2019 4:14:34 PM
<![CDATA[British Airways strike: all outbound flights cancelled on second day of pilot walkout]]>
A pay dispute between BA and the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has caused the biggest shutdown in the carrier’s history.

The only departure on the British Airways schedule from Heathrow Terminal 5 is an afternoon flight to Cairo – operated by Air Belgium.

From Gatwick, BA passengers will travel to New York JFK on another third-party flight, on Evelop Airlines, a Spanish charter carrier. An Air Baltic flight to and from Riga will operate under a British Airways number.]]>
9/10/2019 5:16:43 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Ministry announces int'l marketing and promotion partnerships]]>
Across an innovative mix of TV, digital and social media platforms, the Ministry of Tourism is launching a global tourism campaign to showcase the modern and dynamic face of the country with its abundance of experiences for travelers from all around the world, whatever their taste or budget, in addition to tapping on new source markets.

“The diversification of marketing and media platforms, a key pillar of the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program, contributes to the changing narrative of the sector.” said H.E. Dr Rania Al-Mashat.

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Ministry of Tourism announces International Marketing and Promotion Partnerships with Beautiful Destinations, CNN, Ctrip, Discovery, Expedia Group and Isobar - Press photo


“We will work closely with our international partners to showcase our beautiful country to a wider range of audiences all over the world, with new innovative and competitive concepts of promotion, modern content and digital tools, highlighting the diversity of our destinations & authenticity of our traditions. And through the use of a data-driven approach we will create content tailored to audiences in various markets” added Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, the Minister of Tourism.

At the heart of the Ministry's International Marketing and Promotion Partnerships lie the three main components of the third pillar of the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program. They are “GEM2020”, promoting the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization; “People to People” (P2P) campaign, which aims at portraying Egypt not only as a contemporary and prime touristic destination but also sheds light on the diversity and authenticity of the Egyptian people and “Branding by Destination”, creating an identity for each of Egypt’s unique destinations.

The announcement ceremony was attended by Jeremy Jauncey , Founder and CEO of Beautiful Destination, Ms. Amanda Wang; GM of Global Destinations Marketing & Sales in Ctirp Group, Amanda Turnbull; Discovery Vice President and General Manager for Middle East & Africa, Myriam Younes; Director, Business Development, EMEA & India, Expedia Group, Tarek Daouk ; CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network MENA “Isobar”.

Jeremy Jauncey founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations said “Working with H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat to bring the Egypt — Tourism Reform Program to life has been a huge honour and we are extremely proud to have created the new brand for Egypt tourism.

The launch of the People to People campaign is just the start of Beautiful Destinations commitment to Egypt and we cannot wait to inspire the world to come and visit”.

He added “We have been working together since the beginning of the year on a close partnership to develop the Egypt brand, data from target markets and the Beautiful Destinations community on social media. We have seen a fantastic response from travellers and content creators all over the world who are excited to visit Egypt and see all it has to offer. At a time when authentic, local experiences are driving so much of tourism we believe that Egypt is exceptionally well positioned to capitalise in this interests l and create once in a lifetime moments for people from all over the world”.

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Ministry of Tourism announces International Marketing and Promotion Partnerships with Beautiful Destinations, CNN, Ctrip, Discovery, Expedia Group and Isobar - Press photo


Cathy Ibal, Vice President, CNN International Commercial said “It excites me when we evolve a long-term relationship with a key partner into new and innovative areas. This new partnership takes our nation branding work with Egypt Ministry of Tourism to a new level by leveraging the cumulative impact of all CNN platforms, content and technology to ensure that the beauty of Egypt and its people resonates deeply with the right audiences”, during the launch of the partnership with CNN on May 7, 2019.

Amanda Wang; GM of Global Destinations Marketing & Sales in Ctirp Group said “During the past several years, we saw significant growth in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Egypt. It is an attractive destination with the abundant tourism resource and characteristic culture, and the visa on arrival policy helped with market increase as well. Cairo was the most popular African city for Chinese tourists last year. Ctrip Destination Marketing will work closely with Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, provide Chinese visitors with more rich and unique travel products”.

Commenting on the partnership, Amanda Turnbull; Discovery Vice President and General Manager for Middle East & Africa said: “We are delighted to further strengthen our long-standing relationship with Egypt Tourism as its only non-news network partner. Our expertise allows us to showcase the many wonders of Egypt as part of our unprecedented factual entertainment offering, as well as communicate the breadth of historical and tourism offerings across Egypt to far-reaching corners of the globe”.

Myriam Younes, Director, Business Development at Expedia Group Media Solutions: “Egypt has so much to offer visitors and we are thrilled to be working with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to help meet the goals of its ambitious tourism program. This campaign aims to drive demand in bookings, but more perhaps importantly, it will help raise awareness of Egypt’s amazing regions and diverse people to Expedia Group’s audience of highly engaged, international travel shoppers. We look forward to seeing some positive results from the campaign”.

Tarek Daouk ; CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network MENA “Isobar”, said: “We are extremely proud to partner with Egypt Tourism on their social content, experiential and digital media assignment around the globe. Travelers today demand seamless end-to-end experiences, seeking content that inspires them and experiences that provide motivation to travel based on a desire for social connections, adventure and spontaneity”. He added “We look forward to working together to capture the hearts and minds of the world’s explorers looking for their next journey”.

Below are the international branding and media companies:

1- Beautiful Destinations

It is the global travel brand dedicated to showcase the good in the world through the power of travel; It has built the world’s largest tourism community on social media; Over 20 million people in 180 countries turn to us daily on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and Weibo to be inspired by travel and tourism, and to learn more about our partners.
Through this partnership, Beautiful Destinations, will create unique, high impact videos and a photo library to showcase Egypt through storytelling.
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2- CNN

In May 2019, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism is embarked on an expanded partnership with CNN in a global tourism campaign that showcases a contemporary Egypt across an innovative mix of TV, digital and social media platforms. The objective of the partnership is to continue and accelerate the country’s tourism growth. Innovation lies at the heart of the partnership through the utilisation of CNN’s sophisticated data capabilities and insight to reach these audiences. CNN will leverage its unique scale via TV networks as well as precision targeting across digital and social media to optimise a brand campaign showing the beauty of Egypt, its culture and people across these platforms as TV adverts, native advertising and targeted social media posts using Turner’s Launchpad technology.

CNN’s continued commitment to covering diverse stories about global destinations will continue with a range of truly inspirational CNN digital and TV programming about Egypt such as Destination Egypt, which will explore some of the country’s wonders in a new light; #MyEgypt, which will discover Egypt through a seasoned traveller with insider knowledge of the country; and Cairo POV, which looks at how millennial travellers uncover local experiences on their adventures.

3- Ctrip

Ctrip is one of the largest Chinese online tour operators. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and became one of the best-known travel brands in China; it is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China.
Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center.
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Ctrip will launch a joint marketing campaign to promote Egypt in the Chinese market. This campaign marks the start of a partnership aimed at connecting Chinese travelers to Egypt; through this cooperation, Ctrip along with Ministry of Tourism will carry out a digital campaign with online advertising and precise targeting solutions. The aim is to provide travelers with holistic top-quality products and services.

Through this partnership, a number of promotional activities will be carried out during the coming months, including the implementation of a joint promotion campaign on the most important touristic sites and specialized social networking sites in China, especially the search sites, ctrip.com, Wechat Baidu, as well as an advertising campaign on the page dedicated to touristic destinations.

4- Discovery

It is the global leader in real life entertainment with 53 network brands reaching over 3 billion subscribers in 224 countries and is renowned for its award winning programs.
The partnership of the Ministry of Tourism with Discovery uses Discovery’s global network (Discovery Channel-TLC - Travel Channel – Discovery online portfolio ) with specific campaigns in Asia, China, Middle East ,Europe,Latin America and USA.

The new partnership includes the implementation of a campaign to produce promotional content for Egyptian tourism globally, where Discovery will produce advertising and digital content for Discovery Channel, TLC and Travel Channel across Sweden, Denmark, Finland, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Middle East North Africa, South Eastern Europe, Russia, India, South East Asia, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, USA.
This partnership aims at showcasing the beauty of the country through its diverse destinations “Branding by Destination” and showcasing warmth and hospitality of its people “People to People”; through creating and distributing creative content about the charming destinations of Egypt.

Discovery will prepare a series of episodes about Marsa Alam and a promotional movie about Siwa and the white desert and it will depict and produce short movie about the Egyptian Grand Museum “GEM” just before the opening to the public, “Dawn of GEM”

5- Expedia

It is one of the world's leading online travel and booking brands, which is visited by around 6 million people worldwide every month. The company collaborates with the world's leading brands to provide increased demand services and direct bookings.

Through the new partnership between Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Expedia a campaign will be launched to promote Egypt in 5 different touristic markets, the USA, UK ,Canada, Italy and Germany. This campaign will run for 12-months based on the seasonal search and booking system for travel in these markets.

It includes adding custom landing pages, featuring bespoke guides and beautiful rich media content, along with a host of new digital advertising formats. Designed to increase booking demand and raise the profile of Egypt in key international markets, the 2019 campaign will run across 11 Expedia Group websites in five countries, namely Canada, Germany, Italy, UK, and USA.

Campaign messaging focuses on increasing awareness of Egypt, helping raise the country is various tourism destinations and shedding light on the diversity of the Egyptian people. Messaging will also offer an opportunity to promote key cultural events such as the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum 'GEM2020,' one of the largest museums in the world.

6- ISOBAR

It is the creative experience arm of Dentsu Aegis Network and a global digital agency transforming businesses and brands through the creative use of digital.
It has 6,500 digital experts in 85 locations across 45 markets in Americas, EMEA and APAC, who deliver experience-led transformation, powered by creativity through service offering.

The company will implement an international strategy to promote Egypt on social media, in addition to creating digital promotional content.

Isobar has been selected as the digital agency of record for the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board (ETPB) and will be driving digital strength and brand loyalty via a bespoke international social, content, experiential and digital media strategy across seventeen key markets.

Through this partnership Isobar will continue to help accelerate the country’s tourism growth by delivering personalised experiences and it will use a data-driven approach to create, distribute, measure and optimise content tailored to local audiences that showcases the beauty, hospitality and adventure to be found in Egypt.

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9/10/2019 1:02:13 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time since 2006, Egypt updates Hospitality Criteria]]>
During a press conference, held under the auspices of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, it was affirmed that the New Hospitality Criteria come in line with international hotel classification standards.

The completion of the new criteria is a joint effort of the Ministry of Tourism, the UNWTO and the Egyptian Hotel Association, which is considered a major step in increasing the competitiveness of Egypt’s tourism sector.

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“In November 2018, Egypt launched the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program (E—TRP) with a vision to achieve a sustainable tourism sector through implementing structural reforms that strengthen the sector’s competitiveness and are consistent with international standards,” Mashat said.

Under the Infrastructure and Tourism Development Reform Pillar within the Egypt—Tourism Reform Program, updating the hotel classification criteria according to international standards is a major cornerstone, according to Mashat. "Today, and in collaboration with the UNWTO and Egypt’s Hotel Association, this important cornerstone has been successfully completed," the minister said.

In a recorded speech, Secretary General of the UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili congratulated Egypt. “Once again you are showing your commitment to growing the tourism sector in a responsible and sustainable way. This new system of hotels classification will make Egypt's tourism sector even more competitive,” Pololikashvili said in his speech.

"I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to Egypt for their strong commitment to our work and values. Over the recent years, you have guided your tourism sector back from adversity in pushing new ideas and entrepreneurship. Not only are tourist arrivals to Egypt on the rise, but also under your leadership the sector is becoming more sustainable, more inclusive and an example for many other destinations to follow," Pololikashvili added.

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For the first time, new types of hotels, namely Eco- friendly Lodges, Dahabeya, Heritage Hotels, Apartment Hotels and Environmental Safari Camps, have been included in the New Hospitality Criteria, according to a statement issued by the Tourism Ministry. This decision came in light of the increasing international demand on such hotels.

This is an important step that will give the Ministry of Tourism the leverage to monitor them and ensure the quality of services provided to Egypt’s tourists are in line with international standards.

The new criteria do not only evaluate and classify hotels according to their infrastructure and fixed assets, but they also take into account the quality of services, as well as environmental, health and hygiene standards.

Moreover, the UNWTO conducted an intensive training program for hotel inspectors of the Ministry of Tourism. Those trained will be in charge of assessing, evaluating and inspecting hotels according to the new criteria.

In that respect, hotel inspectors have also been trained to use “Tablets” specifically designed for inspecting of hotels based on the new criteria to ensure that the evaluation process is conducted with full transparency.


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9/9/2019 4:31:05 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria city with rich history: French official]]>
Alexandria's cafes are one of the landmarks of the city that reflect its rich history, he told MENA.

He expressed happiness of hosting "Coffee Please" exhibition that pictures the historical coffee shops of the coastal city.

The exhibition will run till September 25.]]>
9/9/2019 4:11:32 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir signs deal with Airbus to buy 27 new aircraft: CEO]]>
EgyptAir is keen on upgrading its fleet of passenger and commercial aircraft as well as improving services offered to customers, the CEO said during a ceremony held at Cairo International airport to mark the delivery of the first Airbus 220-300 aircraft.

He added that EgyptAir has sealed a deal with the European aircraft manufacturer to get 12 A220-300 planes by May 2020.

Also, a deal was signed with Airbus to buy 15 A320neo aircraft, the first of which to be delivered by mid-2020, Adel noted.

Today's delivery celebration was attended by the French and Canadian ambassadors to Egypt along with a galaxy of civil aviation officials.

Egypt is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to get the A220-300 aircraft, one of the world's most advanced planes, as part of the EgyptAir strategy for 2025 that seeks upgrading its fleet.

Airbus is glad to take part in upgrading the fleet of EgyptAir till 2025, said Managing Director for Airbus Middle East Fouad Attar.]]>
9/9/2019 8:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Wider Tokyo area braces for travel chaos as typhoon approaches]]>
The weather agency warned that central and eastern Japan including Tokyo could see record winds as Typhoon Faxai approaches, forcing airlines to cancel a number of flights and some major roads to be closed.

The weather agency warned of mudslides and flooding after heavy rain, as well as high waves, in the country's central and eastern regions.

In the 24 hours through noon Monday, the typhoon is forecast to bring between 200 and 300 millimeters of rainfall to central and eastern Japan.

Central Japan Railway Co. reduced bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 3 p.m. and moved up the schedule for the end of operations on Sunday.

Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. canceled many domestic flights departing from and arriving at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Some domestic flights departing from Haneda on Monday morning are also expected to be canceled.]]>
9/8/2019 4:01:16 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada receives popular Chinese chef to train hotels]]>
The Thursday visit comes in agreement with the Chinese embassy in Cairo, as part of the cooperation between Egypt and China in the field of training tourism staff.

The training will last for give days in Hurghada, and the experience will be repeated in Luxor, Aswan and Sharm el-Sheikh.

The availability of Chinese food in Egyptian hotels will attract more Asian tourists, a part of the world that Egypt is seeking to attract into its tourist destinations, Soha Bahgat, advisor to the tourism minister, said.

Bahgat added that the Chinese embassy also provided 25 Egyptian tourism staff with scholarships to study and train on hotels and hospitality.
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9/7/2019 3:37:42 PM
<![CDATA[WTTC praises Egypt’s effort in promoting tourism]]>
Mrs. Gloria Guevara, President of the International Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), praised the Egyptian tourism efforts in highlighting the importance of the sector globally as an engine for economic growth, and Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism to promote this sector and her awareness of its importance to the world economy. Guevara said, “The tourism sector is a driving force for economic growth; job creation; and community development,” She tweeted on the official website of the International Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) on the social networking site Twitter.

This came in response to the publication of the video interview of Dr. Rania Al-Mashat with Mr. Arne Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of the American travel magazine Weekly Travel, during Al Mashat’s participation in the activities of the 19th session of the International Summit of the International Council for Travel and Tourism held in Seville, Spain last April, which Dr. Rania Al-Mashat received the "International Leadership in Tourism" award from the International Travel and Tourism Council, in recognition of her efforts to strengthen the Egyptian tourism sector to be more solid and resilient to shocks.

This was the first time that a State or Minister from the Middle East region received this award from the International Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

"The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt has shown a real commitment to restoring the tourism and travel sector in Egypt and putting it as a top priority after the crisis," said Gloria Guevara, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The Council presents its annual awards in recognition and appreciation of the governments of the countries for the effort made to promote this vital sector in their country, and the formulation of policies that will lead to tourism development, thus creating a working environment that drives the private sector for more work and investment, and raise the competitiveness of the tourism sector.

The International Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) published a report on tourism in a number of different countries, reviewing the results of the new research conducted by the Council in 2018 and comparing the travel and tourism sector in 185 countries. The research showed that tourism in Egypt witnessed a huge boom and recovery in 2018 North Africa has become the fastest growing country with growth of 16.5%, four times the global average of 3.9%.

It is worth mentioning that Dr. Rania Al-Mashat participated during the 19th session of the World Summit of the International Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC Global Summit 2019) in a number of dialogue sessions as an official speaker, including the session of the “Global Leaders Dailogue”, during which the presentation and discussion of policies and experiences, the success of the governments of some countries to increase their competitiveness in the field of tourism and travel, and talk about the importance of a suitable working environment, cooperation and continuous coordination between governments and the private sector, and a session under the title of "today's traveler: originality, values and instagram" Today's traveler :) Authenticity, Values and Instagram).



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9/1/2019 2:24:57 PM
<![CDATA[Hurghada airport sees highest turnout of travelers since 2010]]>
He added in a Thursday statements that the company offered its services to nearly 1700 flights during July, over which the highest rate has been recorded for the company since 2010. He praised the company’s workers for the efforts they made to during the past period.

The total flights the Hurghada International Airport has received during the months of May, June and July recorded 4635 according to Mohamdien.

EgyptAir Ground Services is the first Ground Services Company established in Egypt, Africa, and the Middle East region.

EgyptAir Ground Services provides the ground handling services according to Egyptian Civil Aviation Authorities (ECAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.

EgyptAir Ground Services is the first Ground Handling company in Africa, Middle East region and the fifth in the world to provide its services as an ISAGO provider since 2008 at Cairo, Sharm al-Shiekh, Hurghada, Borg al-Arab, Luxor, and Aswan stations.
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8/30/2019 1:01:21 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir receives Airbus A220 in September ]]>
EgyptAir sealed the deal with Airbus Canada Ltd. to provide the utmost comfort for its passengers. In an innovative design and a wide airframe, it includes 134 seats, the biggest and with the longest leg space in the economy, compared to other airplanes of one aisle.

The plane also has large windows to allow the maximum amount of natural light.

The A220-300 is characterized by high fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. It combines the latest advanced technologies to provide high aerodynamics, high-quality materials and the latest Pratt & Whitney TurboPan engines of the PW1500G. These engines save at least 20 percent fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation aircrafts, with a range of up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,300 kilometers).]]>
8/26/2019 9:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir granted ISO certificate in quality, food safety]]>
The certificate was granted to the company after it successfully passed the annual inspection of TÜV Austria, said head of the company Hisham Abdel Hafiz.

He added that such international accreditation helps the company secure more cooperation protocols with international companies and organizations.

EgyptAir was granted ISO 9001 of 2015 in the quality domain and ISO 22000 of 2005 in the food safety.

He said the company now seeks to develop its food safety system to acquire ISO 22000 of 2018.]]>
8/25/2019 1:44:53 PM
<![CDATA[CNN broadcasts Red Sea Mountain Trail promo ]]>
The Red Sea Mountain Trail is Egypt’s first long-distance hiking trail and lies near Hurghada so as tourists can do both adventure travel and beach tourism. The trail is an opportunity to get acquainted with the wild nature of Egypt and the indegenous culture of the area. Further, it’s worthy to mention that Hurghada is classified among the world’s top 25 travel destinations by Trip Advisor.

The Red Sea Mountain Trail extends over 170 kilometers and includes Shayeb al-Banat mountains, the top of Abou Dokhan Mountain, and Om Enab Mountain. The duration of the trip is 10 days, and the take-off point is near Hurghada airport. The trail gives a chance to explorers to come in contact with the area’s beauty of nature and rich wild life.



Hoffler explained in the promo that trail is a network of old routes that were used by bedouins for centuries for the purposes of travel, trade, and hunting. The adventurer underlined the historic salience of the Red Sea mountains as successive civilizations paved ways through them starting from the Ancient Egypt until Ptolemaic kingdoms and Romans. He added that the project gives the bedouins a chance to present their heritage to the world.

Samra affirmed that the area’s tribes participate in the maintenance and operation of the trail having as goal creating industries that bedouins can join, and offering a genuine experience to tourists to explore and connect with the area’s culture.

Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat told press that adventure travel has been one of the fastest growing tourism types becoming widely popular among youth and occupying a large percentage of the world’s tourism.

The minister added that the trail is an aspect of sustainable tourism in Egypt highlighting it is supervised by Maaza tribe, which organizes the trips due to its familiarity with the place and its routes. The project is aimed at environment protection and development of the surrounding communities within the vision of the Structural Reform Program targeting to grow the tourism sector by achieving sustainable development.

The project is expected to create job opportunities for the area’s residents in line with the ministry's goal of employing at least one member of each Egyptian family in tourism and related activities.

The routes of the trail shed light on members of the surrounding communities. That comes within the Structural Reform Program’s tourism promotion framework, and People to People campaign highlighting the diversity of the Egyptian population and introducing tourists to different travel destinations accomplishing destination branding.

Egypt showcases its people as 'hidden gems' in new international tourism drive

Egypt announced today the launch of a major international promotional campaign showcasing Egyptians as 'hidden gems' in new tourism drive. Egypt's Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al Mashat unveiled the new "PeopleToPeople" campaign video, curated by Beautiful Destinations, the leading social media travel hub with more than 20 million followers; with the video published across all Beautiful Destinations channels on August 12, 2019.




In the same context, CNN Arabic website had published an advertorial about Al Nayzak Beach lying eight kilometers from Marsa Alam to the south. The channel had also broadcast an interview with famed rapper Russ while in Egypt to give a concert in New Alamain city on August 3. That was in an episode of its CNN Newsroom show having #My_Egypt hashtag on screen.

The hashtag was launched by the Ministry of Tourism and CNN to present different stories about Egypt through the experience of tourists in light of a partnership that had become effective in May. The ministry has recently released the promo of People to People campaign to promote tourism in Egypt on an international scale in a contemporary fashion in cooperation with Beautiful Destinations.
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8/24/2019 3:19:47 PM
<![CDATA[Time Magazine selects Red Sea Mountain Trail among best tourist places in World]]>
The Red Sea Trail is the first hiking trail in Egypt and is located near Hurghada.

For her part, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism, affirmed that the richness, diversity and originality that Egypt offers to the world has become the headlines of international newspapers and magazines.

The Minister thanked the traveler and the British adventurer Ben Hoffler, one of the co-founders of the trail, and the Egyptian adventurer Omar Al-Samra for their efforts to develop and support adventure tourism in Egypt, and congratulated the Egyptian communities that contributed to the revival of such paths and paths.

The Minister pointed out that the Red Sea Trail project is a community tourism project aimed at preserving the environment, developing and supporting the surrounding communities and creating job opportunities in industries where the people of the region work. This is in line with the Ministry of Tourism's vision to put Egypt on the path of sustainable tourism. Locality is part of the Ministry of Tourism's broader goal of 'employing at least one Egyptian family in the tourism sector and related activities'.

It also offers a real experience for the adventurer or travelers to connect and learn about the culture of the region, which is consistent with the concept of the People to People campaign, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Egyptian people, and introduce tourists to different tourist areas to highlight their competitive advantages and characteristics Branding by Destination, one of the pillars Promoting and revitalizing the structural reform program for the development of the sector.


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8/24/2019 10:36:54 AM
<![CDATA[Tourism Establishments Chamber allows Burkini into hotel pools]]>
Earlier in 2017, Head of the Chamber of Red Sea Hotel Facilities Ali al-Halawany stated that the cancellation of the decision in the first place is a step that should not have been taken.

He clarified that hotels should decide whether to allow Burkini or ban it based on the tourism season and the type of tourists they receive.

Women said that they must be allowed to swim while wearing the Burkini, arguing that the rule requiring men to wear swim briefs and women to wear bikinis or swimsuits is discriminatory.

The first decision was distributed in 2017 by the Hotel Association, saying that the Ministry of Tourism has recently received several complaints from guests who were not allowed wear Burkinis at pools.

The decision added that Burkini should not be banned if its material is the same as the one of an ordinary swimming suit.

However, the decision was canceled again, as each hotel should decide for itself whether to ban or allow it.

Some hotels argue that they fear for the diseases that may be caused by Burkinis that are not made of the same material of ordinary swimming suits.

Officials also argued that the suit makes it impossible to check whether wearers have open wounds or diseases.

In 2016, dozens of French municipalities banned the burkini with the backing of the French government, before a court ruled the action unconstitutional.

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8/23/2019 2:54:06 PM
<![CDATA[Al Nayzak beach, secret paradise hidden on Earth]]>
A three-hour drive south of Hurghada or 20 minutes from Port Ghalib, several kilometers pass the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam you will find an astonishing scenic view with glittery shimmering sea waves.

Called by the locals the Shooting Star, it is a natural pool made of a unique rock formation which is believed to have been shaped by a meteorite hitting the coast.



Traveler Mohamed Al-Gondi in an interview with CNN Arabia said he has always been astonished by its natural formation.

The 24-year-old engineer said that the beach is surrounded by land, and its connection with the sea keeps the water fresh, allowing sea creatures to live in as well.

As he documented the beach via a drone, Al-Gondi, who began his photography career in 2014, was keen to focus on the line that connects the natural beach with the sea, pointing out that the small basin is part of the sea.

He also pointed out that there are many stories behind naming it al-Nayzak, which means “meteor” in Arabic. One of them tells that it was called like that because a meteor hit this place before.



Aside from its stunning turquoise waters, one can relax away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or go dive.

The pool, several meters in diameter, is shaped like an eye filled with the turquoise blue waters of the Red Sea. It is a truly scenic spot which provides an otherworldly background that will add to any summer picture collection.

Marsa Alam is situated around 700 kilometers south of Cairo and can be reached by car, bus or domestic flight. While flying is the fastest way, travelling by land has the benefit of giving you a beautiful and soothing coastal view.

Al Nayzak is an amazing place worth the travel and certainly not to be missed by those who already holiday at the nearby summer resorts of Marsa Alam.


Al Nayzak: One of Egypt's most scenic spots

CAIRO - 18 June 2017: A set a three-hour drive south of Hurghada or 20 minutes from Port Ghalib, several kilometers pass the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam you will find Al Nayzak, a naturally but unusually formed rock pool that could be described as out of this world.


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8/22/2019 3:58:38 PM
<![CDATA[4,000 tourists to attend Opera Aida show in Luxor in October]]>
In a statements, Osman noted that the tickets ran out and all seats have been booked, a matter which he said proves the strong desire of tourists to attend such international shows in Egypt.

Opera Aida is not only a unique art show, but it also gives a big push to the Egyptian economy and tourism, Osman stated, adding that the show is a great opportunity to attract art tourism during the winter season.

The historical show used to attract the attention of several Egyptian and global stars, he added, thanking the show's staff for choosing Luxor to host the show.

The show will be attended by a galaxy of well-known opera singers, like Belgian Mickael Spadaccini, Korean Sae-Kyung Rim, Czech Eliska Weissova and Greek Aris Argiris.

Also, nearly 80 musicians from Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will play during the show, in addition to 70 others from the National Choir of Ukraine "DUMKA".]]>
8/21/2019 12:51:01 PM
<![CDATA[Robust baht, travel trends rattle Thai tourism market]]>
Most travellers to Thailand are from China and other countries in the region, but millions also come from Europe and the US and currency conversion rates impact decisions when budgeting for trips.

"It absolutely has an effect, when compared to other Asian country currencies they would rather go to Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia," said Wichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Before the baht strengthened, Chinese visits were already flagging after a boating disaster in Phuket last year killed dozens of mainland tourists.

Visits from China fell almost five percent in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, according to official statistics.

Past surges are also unlikely to repeat.

Last year total visits from all countries rose more than 7.5 percent compared to 2017. But after the first half of this year the increase was only climbing towards 1.5 percent.

Tourism and currency woes weighed on economic growth, which slid to 2.3 percent in the second quarter this year -- the lowest in almost five years.

US-China trade tensions have roiled markets but Thailand has been less impacted than other countries in the region that have more exposure to global supply chains.

Solid fundamentals, such as healthy foreign-exchange reserves and a current-account surplus, have also helped the Thai unit.

Last week Thailand proposed a $10 billion economic stimulus package that included spending money to boost domestic tourism and visa-free proposals for Chinese as well as Indian travellers, whom travel operators are hoping to court.

"This measure will make it an easier decision for tourists in those two main markets (to visit Thailand)," said Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, the deputy governor of international marketing for the tourism authority.

Conceding there might be some impact of a stronger baht on hotels and shopping, he said he was confident more visitors would come this year due to relaxed visa rules.

Though popular sites are not as crowded as usual, Thailand is still a relatively inexpensive destination with picture-perfect beaches and world-famous street food.]]>
8/20/2019 1:27:33 PM
<![CDATA[Disney streaming service to launch in Canada, Netherlands in November]]>
Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later, the company said in a statement, adding that the service will be priced between $6 to $8 per month in these countries.

Disney’s new service will exclusively stream its latest movies including “Avengers: Endgame”, “Aladdin” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, the company said. The service will also draw upon Disney’s library of its existing films.

The owner of ESPN and theme parks had announced earlier this month that it would offer a bundle of its three streaming services, Disney+, sports service ESPN+, and Hulu, at a discounted price of $13 per month. That price is the same as Netflix Inc’s (NFLX.O) most popular plan, which allows streaming on two devices simultaneously.

Video streaming competition is set to intensify, with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), WarnerMedia’s (T.N) HBO Max and Comcast Corp’s (CMCSA.O) NBCUniversal planning to roll out new services. U.S. customers are increasingly cutting the cord on cable TV, but now must decide how much they want to pay for digital offerings.

Disney+ will be available on most major mobile and connected TV devices platforms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Sony, the company said.

Following the launch, the company expects to take the ad-free streaming service to major global markets within two years.]]>
8/19/2019 3:25:54 PM
<![CDATA['People who love life and music' - dance parties return to Baghdad]]>
The Mongols Motorcycle Club dance circle was one of several at the Riot Gear Summer Rush event, a car show and concert held at a sports stadium in the heart of Baghdad.

The scene was a far cry from the usual images broadcast from the city of violence and mayhem. But nearly two years since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State, the capital has been quietly remaking its image.

Since the blast walls - a feature of the capital since a U.S.-led invasion in 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein - started coming down, a less restrictive way of life has emerged.

“We held this party so people can know that Iraq has this kind of culture, and has these kinds of people who love life and music,” said Arshad Haybat, a 30-year-old film director who founded the Riot Gear events company.

Riot Gear has thrown similar parties in Iraq before, but Friday’s was the first open to the public.

The day started with young men showing off imported muscle cars and motorcycles. By nightfall, it had turned into a pulsating electronic dance music (EDM) show.

Iraqi hip-hop collective Tribe of Monsters played a mix of EDM and Trap music as young men, clasping elaborate vape pens, danced through strobe lights and smoke machines, livestreaming their moves on Snapchat and Instagram.

It was a heady mix of Baghdad’s burgeoning subcultures: bikers, gamers, EDM enthusiasts. What most had in common was they’d never been to a party like this in Iraq.

“We have only ever seen this kind of concert on TV and films,” said 21-year-old Mustafa Osama. “I can’t describe my feelings to see such a thing in Iraq.”

Though dominated by young men, lots of women attended, with some dancing near the main stage. But event organizers ensured a “family section” was available, so groups of women, families and couples out on dates could dance, away from the lively crowd.

“All the young people are happy here,” said Ain, one of the female partygoers who declined to give her last name. “I hope there will be more and more of these events in Iraq.”]]>
8/18/2019 4:35:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism Ministry launches 1st 'People To People' promo video]]>
Beautiful Destinations published the video Monday across its social media platforms, which attract over 20 million followers from 180 countries worldwide.

The People to People campaign is launched by the Tourism Ministry to post tourists about the Egyptian people's traditions and innovations in the fields of arts, culture, cinema and sports. ]]>
8/14/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tourists flock to Dolphin House in holiday ]]>
Head of the Red Sea Nature Reserves, Tamer Kamel, said the Environment Ministry on Saturday set a rule of maximum 300 visitors to the Dolphin House in one day, as well as a $10-fee per person, to protect the dolphins’ natural habitat. The fee is L.E. 50 for Egyptians.

The rule will be applied on the rest of the Red Sea protectorates in three months. However, sea units shorter than 17 meters in length that go to the area with divers and others to snorkel are exempt from the fee.

The Dolphin House lies in the northern islands of Hurghada, and tourists in Marsa Alam also go there. It is an area with splendid corals and plenty of dolphins, an attraction that brings many visitors everyday to dive, snorkel and watch the sea creatures up and close the glass floor of tourist boats.

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8/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt showcases its people as ‘hidden gems’ in new international tourism drive]]>showcasing Egyptians as ‘hidden gems’ in new tourism drive.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al Mashat unveiled the new “PeopleToPeople” campaign video, curated by Beautiful Destinations, the leading social media travel hub with more than 20 million followers; with the video published across all Beautiful Destinations channels on August 12, 2019.

The campaign video highlights different experiences that Egypt has to offer in
gastronomy, culture, and various activities through its people.



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Beyond our destinations and beyond our landmarks, #Egypt moves, astonishes and awakens the senses of visitors, through its people. #PeopleToPeople is a campaign from our nation that invites the global community to connect human-to-human and experience Egypt’s dynamic, vibrant, and authentic culture. It is a timeless celebration of the Egyptian People. We are People of Pride, Passion, Peace, Progress and Productivity. Together, let us show the world how our various destinations can transform travelers' experiences through connection, personalization and authenticity. From the people of #Egypt to the people of the world, #EidMubarak. @ExperienceEgypt @BeautifulDestinations عندما تأتي الى #مصر لن تفتن فقط بمعالمها وأماكنها الأثرية والسياحية المتفردة، ولكن سيترك شعبها لديك انطباعاً خاصاً. ان زيارة مصر تثري تجربة السائح من خلال تعرفه على الشعب المصري بثقافته الغنية التي تختلف من مكان لآخر ....فكل ركن من اركانها يتسم بالتنوع والخصوصية. نحن ندعو العالم من خلال حملة PeopleToPeople لتعزيز قيم التواصل الإنساني والاحتفاء بالثقافة المصرية الأصيلة النابضة بالحياة. انها حملة للاحتفال بالشعب المصري المحب للسلام والمليء بالشغف والفخر والذي يسعى دائما للتقدم. من الشعب المصري الى شعوب العالم.... عيد اضحى مبارك

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Dr. Al Mashat said: “PeopleToPeople” is a campaign that reawakens the power of
human-to-human connection. The campaign video highlights the fact that beyond
our known destinations, landmarks, and year-round sunshine, Egypt moves,
astonishes and awakens the senses of visitors, not only through its places but
through its people as well, inviting the people of the world to connect with us and
experience Egypt’s dynamic and vibrant culture”.

She added:” Egyptian people are people of pride, passion, peace, progress and
productivity.” And “Looking ahead I believe genuinely that the Egyptian people
themselves can and will make an enormous contribution to the future success of
the tourism sector”.

The campaign “PeopleToPeople” is part of pillar number 3 “Promotion &
Marketing” of the Egypt — Tourism Reform Program (E—TRP) launched November
2018. It aims at portraying Egypt not only as a contemporary and prime touristic
destination but also sheds light on the diversity of the Egyptian people .

“PeopleToPeople” uses modern content ideologies and digital tools to shift tourists’
perception on one hand and encourage community engagement, on the other
hand.

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al Mashat said : “At a time when the rhetoric
of global policy is overshadowed by protectionism and trade barriers, Tourism acts
as a sector that promotes understanding between people as well as peace,
connectivity and familiarity between nations .”

“This campaign is not only aimed for global travelers but also to create a local moral
boost”.

She stated “The Ministry of Tourism’s Overarching Objective is to have at least one
individual from each Egyptian Household working directly or indirectly in the
tourism sector and to achieve this objective, we are changing the narrative of Egypt
to include immersive experiences, highlight the stories of its people and give
travelers a journey of discovery”.

Jeremy Jauncey founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations said: “Travelers today
seek content that inspires them in curating their itineraries through a new wave of
storytelling”.

“The people of Egypt are amazing- welcoming, proud and eager to show their
country”

He added : “Working with H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat to bring the Egypt — Tourism
Reform Program to life has been a huge honour and we are extremely proud to
have created the new brand for Egypt tourism. The launch of the People to People
campaign is just the start of Beautiful Destinations commitment to Egypt and we
cannot wait to inspire the world to come and visit”.

Remi Carlioz, Chief Creative Officer at Beautiful Destinations, said: “This is really a
passion project for us. Obviously Egypt has the most amazing natural and historical
wonders but what will really make you come to Egypt, and come again, is its people,
their warmth, diversity, modernity, joy and creativity. From Cairo to Alexandria,
from Aswan to Siwa, from the Red Sea to Luxor, the people of Egypt will never cease
to amaze you”.

The partnership of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism with Beautiful Destinations
was announced at ITB Berlin on March 7th 2019; and the teaser campaign was
launched in May 2019. On July 14th, 2019, a meeting took place in Washington D.C.
with the Beautiful Destinations team to finalize the content.
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8/12/2019 3:02:25 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo airport prepares for receiving Egyptian pilgrims]]>
The airport put a plan, in cooperation with concerned bodies, to facilitate all measures for the Pilgrims, particularly for people with special needs, the official added.

The airport authorities also allocated a place for Egyptians who will wait for relative passengers. Also, Egyptian folklore shows will be performed outside the arrival terminals, celebrating the pilgrims’ return.

Moreover, the number of physicians in the quarantine units at the airport increased to be sure that pilgrims are in good health condition and free from any infections.

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8/11/2019 9:57:08 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Giza Zoo prepares for Eid al-Adha visitors ]]>
Ahead of celebrations, several zoos announced they are ready to receive visitors, including Fish garden, and seven regional zoos. Giza Zoo takes the lion share of preparations due to its large size, where officials increased the number of ticket outlets to avoid overcrowding by increasing the number of ticket outlets.

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Giza Zoo prepares for Eid al-Adha visitors - Photo by Mahed Eskander/Egypt Today

Mohamed Ragaey, the head of the Central Administrative for Zoos and Wild lives, said Giza Zoo has canceled all vacations of the veterinarians and workers at the garden to better deal with the large flow of visitors usually expected during the first day of Eid.

He added that there will be train tours within the zoo, and a panorama of the new animal births will be screened in the garden.

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Giza Zoo prepares for Eid al-Adha visitors - Photo by Mahed Eskander/Egypt Today

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Giza Zoo prepares for Eid al-Adha visitors - Photo by Mahed Eskander/Egypt Today

According to Ragaey, nearly 72.000 visitors flocked to the Zoo during the first day of Eid al-Fitr [Feast of Breaking the Fast] in June.

Giza Zoo is one of the most common places in which families choose to spend their time during Eid. The first day usually begins with performing Eid prayers at the Mosque. The prayers considered to be an integral religious part of Eid of which Muslims all over the world are keen on it.

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8/11/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Environment Ministry issues decisions to regulate use of natural reserves ]]>
The ministry’s decisions come as part of its commitment to the UN Biodiversity Convention, in order to organize the immense use of human beings to the natural reserves in a way that does not affect its sustainability, besides eliminating the random practice of activities and sea sports like: diving or snorkeling, by specifying certain places for those activities, read a Friday statement by the Ministry of Environment.

“These mechanisms adopted aim to raise the quality and the level of the touristic activities practiced by visitors of the natural reserves, and to stop burdening the protectorates with wrong and random usages,” added the statement.

In the same context, the ministry’s decisions will include the application of a system regulating permits issued for practicing activities in the protectorates’ area.

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8/10/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir delegation flies to Seattle to receive last B787-9 Dreamliner]]>
The Egyptian flag carrier has already received five aircraft of the same model in pursuit of developing its air fleet that will witness by the end of 2020 the joining of 33 new jets including six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 jets of the Airbus A220-300 model and 15 of Airbus A320neo family.

The newly-received Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are set to be operated on EgyptAir's routes to Shanghai, Tokyo as well as New York and Bangkok.

The B787-9 Dreamliner is capable of flying a distance ranging between 14,800 and 15,700 km non-stop with 'dispatch reliability' hitting 99%. It was developed so as to be 20% more fuel-efficient than its counterparts in commercial aircraft.

The B787-9 Dreamliner has 309 seats divided into 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats and 279 seats in the economy class.



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8/9/2019 10:16:42 PM
<![CDATA[German, Brazilian tourists visit Minya's archaeological sites]]>
The itinerary of the two-day trip to the upper Egypt city includes tours of Amarna area, Beni Hasan and Tunah Al Jabal archaeological sites.

Minya Governor Qassem Hussien highlighted the ongoing efforts to relist Minya on the global touristic map. ]]>
8/8/2019 2:36:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian pilgrims to be ferried to Mount Arafat as of Friday- Official]]>
Pilgrims held in Saudi hospitals will be moved in ambulances to Mount Arafat to perform the pinnacle of the Hajj, said Talaat in statements to MENA correspondent.

The mission will sort the number of elderly pilgrims and those with special needs to shuttle them to the Mount of Mercy on customized buses, he added.

All buses are equipped with GPS and connected to an operations room affiliated with the Interior Ministry, Talaat added. ]]>
8/8/2019 1:33:11 PM
<![CDATA[Large number of tourists rides horses in Hurghada]]>
The owners of the stable Mohamed Atteya and Hamada Gamal told Egypt Today on Tuesday that most hotels have a small horse stable that is used by hotel guests only; hence the idea of establishing an external stable where tour operators organize trips came to their heads.

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Atteya clarified that he has 53 horses of different types: English, Arab, native and Palestinian.

Atteya said that tourists, especially Germans,are usually interested in riding horses on the beach and in mountainous areas, adding that trips are organized from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer.

The whole idea came to us when we were showering our horses on the beach and suddenly tourists gathered in big numbers to ride horses, he explained.

"Many foreigners, especially those who reside in Hurghada, come to the stable to learn how to ride horses and thenbuy their own horses," Gamal said.

Gamal also stressed that the Arabian horse is the most sought after for desert trips, while some prefer the English horse for its physical strength.]]>
8/6/2019 4:18:21 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 23 flights to ferry 4,400 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
In a statement released on Monday, Egypt's flag carrier said around 12 flights with 2,100 pilgrims on board were operated to Jeddah, while the other 11 flights carrying 2,300 pilgrims were heading for Medina.

This year, EgyptAir is set to ferry some 74,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/5/2019 12:35:38 PM
<![CDATA[World Travel Engine puts Egypt among top 6 honeymoon destinations]]>
These privileges have made Egypt one of the countries nominated by international travel agencies to be among the best honeymoon destinations. Egypt was nominated by World Travel Engine, a global search engine specializing in tourism and travel, which provides its followers with travel prices from more than 700 sites around the world, within six honeymoon destinations.

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"Whether you go to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Dahab or Taba, you will encounter a lot of excitement, romance, fun and new experiences in Egypt, between the desert, the charming beaches, coral reefs and luxurious resorts with,” the engine said.

Egypt competed with the Indonesian island of Bali, with its scenic beaches, watching the romantic sunset or wandering through the Ubud Forest.

Thailand also came on the list, where the search engine said "this diverse and beautiful country inevitably offers you a lot when you are on a honeymoon trip."

Taiwan came as an attractive destination for honeymooning. Also, among the six nominated destinations were Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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8/5/2019 10:45:05 AM
<![CDATA[12 EgyptAir flights to ferry 2,424 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
Egypt's flag carrier is set to operate 10 flights to Jeddah carrying 2,245 pilgrims and two others to Medina.

This year, EgyptAir is set to ferry around 76,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/4/2019 12:44:50 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 17 flights to ferry 3,857 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
Egypt's flag carrier is set to operate 10 flights to Jeddah carrying 2,180 pilgrims and seven others to Medina with 1,677 passengers on board.

This year, EgyptAir is set to ferry around 76,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/3/2019 2:53:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Tanzania discuss boosting coop. in aviation services]]>
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of an aircraft maintenance workshop at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.

They also tackled ways of fostering bilateral cooperation in the fields of training and ground services]]>
8/2/2019 2:56:33 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 16 flights carrying 3,700 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>CAIRO 2 August 2019: EgyptAir will operate on Friday 16 flights carrying 3,700 pilgrims to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Egypt's flagship carrier is set to operate seven flights to Jeddah carrying 1,500 pilgrims and nine others to Medina with 2,200 passengers on board.

This year, EgyptAir is set to transport around 70,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.]]>
8/2/2019 12:46:31 PM
<![CDATA[Through expats' eyes: ‘No Place like Egypt’ promotes tourism]]>
Some expatriates started sending 2-minute video footages talking about their vacations in Egypt; they also spoke on how they enjoyed in the country's charming and historical sites, the statement added.

The campaign also aims to send a message to the whole world that Egypt is a safe place to visit and enjoy your time.





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8/1/2019 4:07:57 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir to receive last B787-9 Dreamliner as part of six-plane deal in August]]>
Sources at the Egyptian flag carrier said in a statement on Wednesday that the company has already received five aircraft of the same model in pursuit of developing its air fleet that will witness by the end of 2020 the joining of 33 new jets including six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 jets of the Airbus A220-300 model and 15 of Airbus A320neo family.

The newly-received Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are set to be operated on EgyptAir's routes to Shanghai, Tokyo as well as New York and Bangkok.

The B787-9 Dreamliner is capable of flying a distance ranging between 14,800 and 15,700 km non-stop with 'dispatch reliability' hitting 99%. It was developed so as to be 20% more fuel-efficient than its counterparts in commercial aircraft.

The B787-9 Dreamliner has 309 seats divided into 30 Super Diamond fully flat business class seats and 279 seats in the economy class. ]]>
7/31/2019 3:13:56 PM
<![CDATA[Brexit and subsidy row cloud strong Airbus profits]]>
The twin concerns surrounding Airbus’s cross-border factory network prompted Chief Executive Guillaume Faury to issue a warning about rising trade tensions even as he unveiled stronger than expected second-quarter profits, driving up Airbus shares.

Airbus builds wings for commercial aircraft in Britain, where new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to lead the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 whether he has secured a negotiated departure or not, fuelling speculation in currency markets of a disorderly Brexit.

“It is now obvious that ‘no deal’ is likely and we want all governments to be prepared for that, which was not the case by end of March,” Faury told reporters, referring to Britain’s originally planned exit date from the EU.

His comments echo those of Britain’s employers’ group, which says the EU is less prepared for a no-deal Brexit than Britain.

The European Commission says it has published almost 100 preparedness notices including several on aviation and overseen dozens of other legal steps to be ready for a no-deal Brexit.

Airbus has built a stockpile of about one month’s supply of aircraft parts as a buffer to cope with Britain leaving the EU without a transitional deal, Faury said. That contributed to a heavy drain on cash in the first half of the year.

Plane parts are exempt from default World Trade Organization (WTO) tariffs under a 1980 pact signed by both the EU and Britain in its own right. But Airbus is worried extra red tape could slow supply chains and hamper the movement of engineers.

Faury also sounded a broader alarm about rising global tensions and in particular recent U.S. threats to impose sanctions on European planes and other goods following WTO rulings against European government subsidies to Airbus.

The French CEO called for a settlement in the long-running dispute, while Airbus included a warning in its results for the first time of damage to deliveries and finances if the punitive tariffs go ahead. The EU is gearing up to impose counter-tariffs after the WTO ruled separately against U.S. subsidies to Boeing.

“It’s important that there is a resolution at a given point, a settlement before tariffs are applied,” Faury said.

“We see the trade wars around the world growing and we don’t believe this is something ... industry can benefit from and citizens can benefit from,” he said.

PROFIT BEAT
Europe’s largest aerospace group said second-quarter adjusted operating profit rose 72% to 1.98 billion euros ($2.2 billion), led by strong demand for jetliners. Revenues rose 23% to 18.32 billion euros.

Analysts were on average forecasting adjusted quarterly operating income of 1.77 billion euros on revenues of 17.82 billion, according to a company-compiled consensus.

Shares in Airbus opened up 1.2% against a flat market.

Airbus is trying to overcome industrial delays at a newly expanded plant in Hamburg, Germany, which has been struggling with enhanced cabins for the in-demand A321neo single-aisle.

Airbus kept annual delivery and financial targets, but said it was studying how to increase the share of the A321neo within the wider A320neo family, with more details expected in months.

Airbus is nonetheless on course to be the world’s largest planemaker in 2019 as U.S. rival Boeing faces a longer-than-expected grounding of its 737 MAX, ordered by worldwide regulators in March in the wake of two fatal accidents.

Boeing last week posted its largest-ever quarterly loss due to the crisis.

Airbus took 75 million euros in new charges in the second quarter related to the cost of winding down its A380 superjumbo program after deciding to scrap output due to weak demand.

Air France-KLM on Tuesday announced plans to retire the world’s largest jetliner to concentrate on smaller models like the A350, which Airbus said was on track to break even this year after progress in curbing costs.

Airbus took 90 million euros in other charges including compliance costs as it pursues a four-year-old investigation into the use of middlemen in aircraft and other sales.

People familiar with the matter have said Airbus hopes to submit the results of its own internal probe to UK and French investigators around the end of the year - a step toward what it hopes will result in a fine rather than criminal charges.

Faury declined detailed to comment on the probe.

“It’s going in the right direction, it’s progressing, but I’m unable to tell you when it will come to an end,” he said.]]>
7/31/2019 1:24:56 PM
<![CDATA[2nd terminal in Hurghada Airport inaugurated ]]>
The terminal includes a four-kilometer runway that is parallel to that of the first terminal. Terminal 2 has three floors, and a total area of 90,000 square kilometers. The terminal consists of 11 tubes, and nine gates.

The new terminal has 72 check-in counters, 18 passport control counters for departing passengers, and 16 passport control counters for arriving passengers. That is in addition to six and nine baggage carousels that serve departing and arriving passengers, respectively.

Moreover, the runway of the first terminal was upgraded, and the color of the buildings was unified. The development works included the entrance, the customs department, and the security system. Also, the frequency of training workshops held for the employees was increased. ]]>
7/31/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Asiana feels chill in air travel from frosty South Korea-Japan ties]]>
The country’s second-largest full-fledged carrier does not currently have plans to discontinue any routes to Japan, but it is monitoring the situation, a spokesman at Asiana Airlines told Reuters.

Asiana Airlines said it will fly smaller aircraft for three routes to Japan’s Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa departing from the country’s capital Seoul.

Last month, Japan tightened controls of exports of high-tech materials to South Korea, in apparent retaliation for a South Korean court ruling over wartime forced labor.

The ill-feeling has led to a widespread boycott of Japanese products and services, including air travel.

But South Korea’s airline and tourism firms have been also grappling with rising competition and falling travel demand to Japan - a destination that had been popular among younger tourists.

Korean visitors to Japan tripled over the last five years, and in 2018 accounted for 24.2% of total visitors, making them the second largest after visitors from China, according to Japan National Tourism Organisation data. But latest figures showed South Korean visitors during the first half of this year were 4% down on year-ago levels.

South Korea’s top carrier Korean Air Lines Co Ltd (003490.KS) on Monday said it will suspend flights between the South Korean city of Busan and Japan’s Sapporo from Sept. 3, citing lean demand.

Several budget carriers including T’way Air Co Ltd (091810.KS) and Eastar Jet will temporarily halt some of its Japan routes from September, but the decision was taken before the dispute started, industry sources said.

Asiana's share weakened by 0.2% on Tuesday while the broader KOSPI market .KS11 was up 0.7%.

Investors in the share market have looked for South Korean firms that could benefit from a boycott of Japanese competitors.

On Tuesday, shares in Korean apparel maker TBH Global Co Ltd (084870.KS) and underwear maker Sbw Inc (102280.KS) both jumped nearly 30%, on expectations that they would sell more as a result of South Koreans shunning Uniqlo, owned by Japan’s Fast Retailing Co Ltd (9983.T).]]>
7/30/2019 1:05:00 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir operates 17 flights carrying 4,210 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia]]>
Egypt's flagship carrier is set to operate 11 flights to Jeddah carrying 2,690 pilgrims and six others to Medina with 1,520 passengers on board.

This year, EgyptAir is set to transport around 76,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.]]>
7/27/2019 12:08:57 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: beauty of the Red Sea]]>
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The Red Sea has 39 islands located within three protectorates: the Northern Islands protectorate, Wadi el-Gemal protectorate, and Elba protectorate. There are around 60 diving sites in the Red Sea where diving is a unique experience.

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Sharm Al-Loly beach at Marsa Alam, southern the Red Sea, ranked third among the most beautiful beaches in the Middle East by Tripadvisor.

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7/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[No suspension of our flights to, from Cairo:Italian Civil Aviation]]>
"We contacted the Ministry of the Interior, European countries and other competent authorities and are ready for any intervention in the event of a change in the situation or if different directives are issued," the authority said in a statement.

It is worth mentioning that an official source at the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation said on July 21 that reports on suspension of London-Cairo flights for seven days have not been issued by neither the UK Transportation Department nor the British Foreign Office.

The Egyptian ministry said in a statement that the verification of the source of such reports is underway in coordination with representative of the British operator in Cairo.

The ministry said it has increased the seat capacity of EgyptAir planes heading toLondon, noting that a Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane will be used to operate an additional flight to Heathrow Airport in London as of Sunday.
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7/23/2019 3:45:37 PM
<![CDATA[Russian airline plans to launch tourist trips to Egypt]]>
Kalmykov said in a press conference that the company is waiting for a response from the Egyptian government to launch the flights.

According to a report released by the World Tourism and Travel Council in March, tourism in Egypt has witnessed remarkable recovery over the past year. The report expected that the number of tourists coming to Egypt during the current year will be 11.7 million tourists.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s 2018 release on global travel and tourism, Egypt welcomed about 8.5 million tourists during 2017 with an increase of 55.1 percent, compared to the same period of the previous year.

Luxor and Giza were among Egypt’s most famous and well-known cities, according to the report. France was the highest voted country for tourists in 2017.

In August, a government official told Reuters that Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 77 percent in the first half of 2018 to amount to $4.8 billion, compared to the same period of the previous year.
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7/23/2019 10:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[2439 pilgrims depart Cairo on EgyptAir flights heading to KSA]]>
Eight air flights are scheduled to takeoff from Cairo international airport, and two other will be departing from Borg El Arab International Airport.

On July 20, Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy (AIRA) has deployed its awareness convoys at the state airports and seaports to brief pilgrims on Hajj rituals before heading to Saudi Arabia's holy city Mecca.

The first convoy started their work at various buildings in Cairo International Airport, AIRA chief Nazeer Mohammed Ayyad said in a statement on Saturday.

Other convoys have been deployed to Borg El Arab International Airport, Hurghada Airport, Luxor Airport and Safaga Airport, Ayyad added.

The convoys will be available for pilgrims' assistance around the clock, he noted.
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7/22/2019 10:38:59 AM
<![CDATA[Pics: Luxor's Tiba, an architectural breakthrough ]]>
et reviews the full details of the establishment and history of the city, as well as the services made available to the city's residents,investors and businessmen:

History of Tiba and its establishment

Luxor governor told Egypt Today on Saturday that Tiba was established by presidential decree No. 198 for the year 2000 with an area of 5445.24 acres, where the area increased on September 21, 2018 to become 9496 acres.

Tiba is located 14 kilometers north-east of Luxor, 3 kilometers from Egypt's Aswan agricultural road, and 10 kilometers away from Luxor International Airport. The city's current population is 39,000 citizens, he added.

Water, sewage and irrigation networks

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Water and Sanitation Company Mohammed Yahya said that a compact water plant with a capacity of 2,400 cubic meters per day has been implemented to feed the city, adding that other irrigation networks will be established in the coming period.

Furthermore, Yahya confirmed that a treatment plant with a capacity of 9,000 cubic meters per day has been implemented in two stages and is being developed to become a three-way treatment for water use.

He also added that the company has completed the implementation of sewage networks with a total capacity of 100.41 kg.

Road networks, telecommunications, and electricity in the new city of Tiba

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As per roads and communications, Advisor to the Governor for Engineering Affairs and National Projects in Luxor governorate Asaad Mustafa said that road networks with a length of 128.21 km were implemented, explaining that communication networks and paving works were carried out.

Mustafa further revealed that a transformer terminal with a capacity of 50 MVA, and an electricity network of 750.74 km have also been implemented for lighting and distribution.

In the field of renewable energy and sustainable development, a solar power plant with a capacity of 90 KW has been set up on the highest building of the city of Tiba to produce electricity and light streets. This is in addition to the establishment of a 25 kW central station to illuminate the eastern desert road.

Education, health and sports projects in the city of Tiba

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Head of the Development Authority of Tiba, Mostafa Said, said that educational projects have been implemented including the School of Excellence, the Nile International School, and the Social Housing School. This is in addition to the establishment of the faculties of medicine and pharmacy in the University of Luxor as well as a secondary school,allocated to the University of Luxor, and the Faculty of Humanities for Girls of Al-Azhar University.

"Commercial projects were executed, including a commercial building in the third residential district, another building in the first residential district and the commercial and administrative building on an area of 620 feddans," he added.

As for health projects, four health centers and the Orman Healing Cancer Hospital were established. Also, sports projects for the benefit of the people have been established with a total cost of about LE 46.5 million, such as the Social Club which was built on 13 acres.

Opportunities for investors and allocation of land and housing units for families

The city includes dozens of different opportunities for investors and residents, where the head of the Development Authority of Tiba said that they started allocating plots of land of various areas suitable for commercial, administrative and recreational activities.

He also said that 6912 residential housing units have been implemented for low-income citizens and land plots have been allocated for the establishment of some banks' braches.

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7/21/2019 2:49:17 PM
<![CDATA[First EgyptAir flight to Cameroon's Douala city takes off]]>
In a statement on Sunday, the company said the flight falls within the framework of boosting the company's flights to African states.

Given the state's interest in promoting ties with African states, the company has operated flights Kigali and Abidjan.

Egypt will also operate three weekly flights to N'Djamena. ]]>
7/21/2019 1:07:21 PM
<![CDATA[American Airlines-Qantas joint venture wins final U.S. approval]]>
The department last month had issued an order tentatively approving the agreement and granting antitrust immunity to the airlines covering international service.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the approval on Friday afternoon, noting it was the first completed review of an airline joint venture proposal during the Trump administration.

Reuters was the first to report on the planned announcement earlier on Friday.

An application for a joint venture covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand was rejected in November 2016 by former President Barack Obama’s DOT. It tentatively concluded after a 17-month review that the venture “would reduce competition and consumer choice.”

The deal will allow the airlines to coordinate planning, pricing, sales and frequent flyer programs, with new options and customer service improvements. The two OneWorld alliance carriers are planning up to three new routes within the first two years as well as increased capacity on existing routes, the department has said.

American Airlines did not immediately comment on Friday, but Chief Executive Doug Parker said last month the joint venture would also create new jobs in the airlines and industries.

In June, JetBlue Airways Corp told the DOT that it took no position on the alliance, but said it would “substantially reduce competition in relevant markets and concentrate a huge level of market share and power in the hands of immunized alliances.”

It also said the three major global airline alliances - OneWorld, SkyTeam and StarAlliance - will control 86% of the U.S.-Australia market.

U.S. regulators in 2001 approved similar joint venture agreements for United Airlines and Air New Zealand Ltd, and in 2011 for Delta Air Lines Inc and Virgin Australia.

The U.S. DOT is, however, requiring American and Qantas to perform a self-assessment of the venture’s impact on competition seven years after it takes effect and report their findings to the government.

Regulators in Australia and New Zealand approved the first application for the joint venture before it was initially rejected by the U.S. DOT.

American and Qantas in February 2018 made a second attempt to gain U.S. regulatory permission under President Donald Trump’s administration for a venture that would let them coordinate prices and schedules. They threatened to cancel services if it was rejected and argued it could “unlock” up to $310 million annually in consumer benefits.

The revised application made significant changes, including removing a provision that would have barred either carrier from code-sharing with other carriers. Code-sharing allows two or more carriers to publish and advertise a single flight under their own flight number.

The airlines argued in their 2018 application that the venture would lead to lower fares and higher capacity as a “more viable third competitor,” and drive other carriers to improve quality, schedules and prices.

Qantas said last year the joint venture would allow the two airlines to “significantly improve service” and “stimulate demand.”

The airlines said the agreement could generate up to 180,000 new trips between the United States and Australia and New Zealand annually.]]>
7/20/2019 11:32:32 AM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir makes 1st flight to carry 2019 Hajj pilgrims to Mecca]]>
The first flight took off from the Cairo International Airport early Thursday to Saudi Arabia. The State-owned company organized a total of 315 flights this year; 206 flights to Jeddah and 145 flights to carry 41,000 Egyptian Pilgrims.

The last Hajj flight to Saudi Arabia will be on August 5, while the first return flight was scheduled for August 14.

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Hajj season will start this year on August 9 and end on August 18, 2019.

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7/18/2019 2:47:47 PM