Rixos Hotels has marked a major milestone in its Middle East expansion strategy after signing an agreement to manage its largest all-inclusive luxury resort on the Red Sea coast of Egypt.
Marriott International has reinforced its commitment to Egypt with the launch of Tahseen, a unique hospitality training program developed in response to a growing need for talent within the industry.
The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board has a new chairman, with Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s minister of tourism, appointing Ahmed Yousef to lead the organisation.
The Egyptian State Tourist Authority has revealed 61,481 Brits travelled to Egypt in the first two months of 2018, an increase of almost 40 per cent compared to the same period last year. The latest figures reflect the broader upward trend for the destination over the past year, with 319,388 UK citizens travelling to Egypt in 2017, an increase of 38 per cent.
The colossal 11 metre high statue of King Ramses II - crafted 3,200 years ago and weighing 75 tonnes – has moved to its new permanent home in the grand entrance hall of the Grand Egyptian Museum. The new attraction is scheduled to open in November.
The Egyptian parliament has approved the appointment of Rania Al-Mashat as the country’s new minister of tourism. The decision means Al-Mashat will become the first woman to hold the position and is now one of six women to currently occupy ministerial roles in the country – the nation’s highest ever proportion.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has authorised commercial flights between Egypt and Russia to resume following a two-year suspension. The move is expected to place further pressure on the British government to review their own stance on flights to Egypt.
The Egyptian State Tourist Authority is to launch a new UK campaign to capitalise on renewed and growing interest in the destination. With summer over and travellers on the hunt for winter sun bargains, it is the optimum period for Egypt to remind travellers of its year-round, summer-like conditions.