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.
The Egyptian Tourism Authority is predicting 2017 as a year of growth from the UK following the launch of a new flight between Heathrow and Luxor and consumer research showing a demand from British people looking for better value holidays in 2017. The Egyptian minister of tourism, Yehia Rashed, speaking at London’s World Travel Market said a tourism recovery strategy for Egypt was underway with major advertising and trade campaigns planned for the year ahead to raise awareness of the fact that Egypt is open for business.
Monarch has confirmed it is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings to Sharm El-Sheikh for the foreseeable future. With no indication from the British government as to when the airport will re-open to flights from the UK, the airline is cancelling all flight and holiday bookings for winter 2016/17 and there are now no plans for the destination to be part of Monarch’s summer 2017 programme.
The city of Luxor in Egypt is hosting the 104th meeting of the executive council of the World Tourism Organisation today. The meeting will discuss the three priorities of the organisation for 2016-2017: safe, secure and seamless travel; the impact of technology in the tourism sector; and sustainability.
The ministry of tourism and Egyptian Tourist Authority have announced their sponsorship of the 104th session of the World Tourism Organisation Executive Council in Luxor. The event will be held from October 30-31st, 2016. Luxor is also hosting the fifth UNWTO Global Summit on City Tourism, attended by representatives and participants from many different countries all over the world.
Leading British aviation security firm, Restrata, has been appointed to deliver an aviation security programme for airports across Egypt, including Sharm el-Sheikh. The announcement is the latest step in Egypt’s upgrading of its security: ensuring a long-term, high level of security at all airports.
The Egyptian Tourism Authority has announced it will re-launch its hugely successful Red Sea Riviera logo for its marketing activities in the UK, as part of plans to extend the Red Sea Riviera brand to other resorts. The initiative will see the logo used by the Egypt Tourism Authority and UK tour operators in promotional activities and advertising campaigns to remind holidaymakers of the allure of the Red Sea, thanks to its luxury resorts, clear blue skies and sandy beaches.
FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov has confirmed to Russian president Vladimir Putin that an “act of terror” brought down a Russian A321 airliner in Egypt last month. The Russian security chief said “traces of foreign explosives” were found amid debris from the Airbus plane.
Officials in Egypt have backtracked on plans to stop British tourists visiting the country from obtaining visas on arrival. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry had originally revealed plans requiring Britons travelling alone, that is outside of organised tours, to apply for a visa before travel from May 15th.