According to directives of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister (PM), and in presence of Mohamed Abou El-Enein, Deputy-Chair of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ministries of Tourism & Antiquities, Civil Aviation have decided to extend the initiative to support domestic tourism in Egypt until next May 15 instead of February 28, with a commitment to 50% of the hotel’s capacity in accordance with the established operating controls.
PM emphasized the necessity of adherence to all precautionary measures and health safety controls in all airports, museums, archaeological sites, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and tourist buses.
This decision came within the framework of a package of incentive measures taken by the government to support tourism and aviation sectors and their workers, based on the directions of President of the Republic to support the two sectors and their workers and stimulate tourism.
The decision to extend the period of the initiative came in response to the demands of a large number of Egyptians as well as members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the Senate whom the Ministers of Tourism, Antiquities and Civil Aviation met during their successive inspection tours in Egyptian airports, tourist and archaeological areas in the Egyptian governorates within the framework of the shuttle trips that the two ministers make in the governorates of Egypt during the past six days.
The two ministers visited cities of Hurghada and Marsa Alam in the Red Sea Governorate, as well as the governorates of Luxor and Sohag.
The initiative aims to reduce domestic airline prices to connect tourist cities with various parts of Egypt by organizing flights from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada and Marsa Alam, and from Alexandria to Luxor and Aswan.
And it was decided to continue fixing airline tickets prices for Egyptians and foreigners at a flat rate that includes taxes for going and returning from Cairo and Alexandria to Luxor of 1500 Egyptian pounds and to Aswan 1800 pounds. And from Cairo or Alexandria to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and Taba, 1800 pounds, and 2000 pounds to Marsa Alam.
The Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities also agreed to grant a discount on the prices of entry tickets for Egyptians and Arabs residing in the archaeological areas and museums open for visits in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where a unified price will be applied to them, which is the price of tickets for Egyptian students, until mid-May 2021.
It should be noted that the initiative was launched by the Ministries of Tourism & Antiquities and Civil Aviation last January in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee for Tourism and Antiquities during the meeting held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister during the month of December 2020.
Contributed by Ahmed Moamar