800 hotels have received tourist permits since business resumed
A source at the Ministry of Tourism said that the number of hotel rooms that have ended their construction during the past year reached 4 thousand rooms in various regions, and their entry into service depends on the lifting of restrictions imposed on travel around the world.
He stated that the hotel capacity operating in Egypt has reached 205 thousand rooms, and if the Corona virus ends, this will positively affect the total hotel energy targeted for operation, to exceed 215 thousand rooms by the end of the year.
Abdel Fattah Al-Assi, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for the Control of Hotel and Tourist Establishments, said in a statement a few days ago that the average tourist occupancy in hotels from the beginning of 2021 until mid-February was about 50% of the capacity allowed to operate, compared to occupations that exceeded 80% during the corresponding period of last year. .
And the Ministry of Tourism decided to allow hotels to receive guests with an operational capacity of 50% of the total rooms of one facility, as part of preventive measures to confront the emerging corona virus.
The current occupations are good given the conditions experienced by the international tourism movement within the framework of the preventive measures imposed by most of the countries exporting the tourism movement on the movement of their citizens.
The source said that the number of hotels that obtained licenses to receive tourists reached 725 fixed hotels and about 75 floating hotels in Luxor and Aswan. Egypt allowed the resumption of international tourism to it at the beginning of last July in three governorates, including the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh, after stopping it in mid-March 2020.
He mentioned that “the occupancies in Hurghada are better off than Sharm el-Sheikh in light of the high percentage of local tourism from Egyptians who prefer it to any other area.”
The Ministry of Tourism launched the “Various in Egypt” initiative to encourage local tourism to visit archaeological areas and products in five governorates, including Luxor, Aswan, the Red Sea and Alexandria.
The source estimated the number of hotels that participated in the initiative at about 150, the share of floating hotels is more than 50% of them.
The “Stock Exchange” published, earlier, that the average occupancy in the floating hotels participating within the initiative increased to about 60%.
Last year, tourism revenues declined to 4 billion dollars, compared to 13 billion dollars in 2019.
The article is a source: The completion of the construction of 4 thousand hotel rooms last year, it was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.