Egypt is trying to stimulate the return of tourists to the country in every possible way. 11 Nile cruise lines reopen in Luxor and Aswan after receiving health certification, reports Egypt Independent.
There are a total of 130 floating hotels in Luxor and Aswan, 22 have applied for verification, 11 have already received permits. It is expected that at the initial stage, 30-50 liners will resume operation.
According to Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Abdel Fattah al-Assi, the companies that received the certification meet all health and safety requirements set by the ministry. He noted that the two cruise ships have already resumed sailing with 50% capacity for tourists from the United States, France and Spain.
This is another step towards restoring tourist flows, as at the moment the number of visitors and occupancy rates of Luxor and Aswan are limited, most of the tourists who currently visit these cities come there for one day from Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh, and now they had the opportunity to go on a cruise.
Earlier, the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers extended the exemption of tourists arriving in the provinces of South Sinai, Red Sea, Luxor and Aswan from paying visa fees until April 30, 2021. In addition, all travelers who fly EgyptAir or Air Cairo are offered a 20% discount on tickets to museums and archaeological sites.
The authorities also promise to open the Great Egyptian Museum in Giza (GEM) by the end of the year. According to Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani, its opening will contribute to a notable leap forward in tourism. He added that many important relics currently housed in the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, such as the mask of Tutankhamun, will be moved to the new museum as soon as it opens. The GEM will also display 5,000 relics from the collection of Tutankhamun, including 2,000 artifacts that will appear in public for the first time.
Previously Hisham Samir, Assistant Minister of Antiquities of Egypt for Engineering announced that three more museums will open in the country in October: the Sharm el-Sheikh Museum, the Kafr el-Sheikh Museum and the Royal Chariot Museum in Cairo.
In 2021, it is planned to open the restored Sphinx Alley in Luxor, which has been inaccessible to tourists for many years.
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