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  • 06/12/2011 - December 2011

    • Word of Wisdom of the month' "Words are so awesome. Words are containers for power. They carry either creative power or destructive power."

       


      Traveline recently received a feedback of  “Repeated guest experience the post-revolution Egypt”.

      This year, in May, I booked a two week holiday as a birthday present for my partner, Chris. We travelled with Egyptair, from London Heathrow, as we have done for the last eight years. However, this year was special, as we wanted to experience the post-Revolution Egypt. Before leaving for Egypt, we were naturally a little apprehensive, due to what had been written in the media. To our amazement, we quickly discovered that nothing really had changed to that extent within the country. The people behaved towards us just as they had over the previous eight years we've visited Egypt. We left the confines of the hotel as we normally do and walked for a few miles, without hassle from any Egyptian people, whatsoever. Eventually we arrived at the Pyramid and Sphynx complex, which for us was an jaw-dropping experience. We had always wanted to visit the pyramids, and they were right in front of us. The complex is well managed, and now has a security area around it; similar to Stonehenge that we have, here in the UK. Again, we had a hassle-free time at the complex, and afterwards walked back to the hotel. In fact whilst walking back, some Egyptians were curious as to where we came from, and walked along side us chatting in English. When we said we had to go, they waved and said "Goodbye English", which we thought was quaint. In all the nine times we've visited Egypt, we have had nothing but good manners and kindness shown to us by the Egyptian people, who we trust, and enjoy being amongst. The tour guides have been remarkably keen about our well-being, and equally keen to make themselves available, should we ever need them. The tour guide that we will never, ever forget is Ahmed Samir. He was very accommodating. He was always available, speaks impeccable English, is very knowledgeable with regards to ancient AND modern Egyptian history. He would even find the answers to questions, that anyone in our tour groups asked with clarity and understanding. His humour is second to none, as he is able to put people at there ease, especially if the group have only just met. Ahmed Samir, is an absolute credit to the Egyptian tourist industry, and I believe he must be retained in order to regain the former tourists and also to keep them coming back. I would give Ahmed 100% out of 100%. He is invaluable to the Egyptian tourist industry. In short, post-Revolution Egypt has changed, as any revolution would change any country, but this revolution has brought openness and liberation to the people there. Now they have smiling faces instead of blank expressions. My partner Chris is also very much interested in ancient Egyptian history, and over the years has gained a fairly extensive knowledge of hieroglyphs. Since Chris and I have been going to Egypt, I have personally persuaded around 15 people to go to Egypt for holidays, including members of my own family. Long live Egypt......our second home !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely yours,
      David John Brasier, BSc(Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI & Christopher Roy Verrier Dip T&A


      Egypt election officials announce 62% turnout

      There are 27 Governorates in Egypt. Egypt has a population of 80 million. 50 million persons are eligible to vote. Expatriates in possession of an Egyptian passport can vote at their local consulate. The People's Assembly elections was held on November 28th-29th (Kafr El Sheikh, Port Said, Damietta, Cairo, Helwan, Alexandria) December 14, 2011, (Beni Suef, Giza, Ismailiya, Beheira, Suez, Sohag Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Sharqiya, Menoufiya) and finally January 3, 2012 (Marsa Matrouh, Minya. New Valley, North Sinai, South Sinai). Full results for the lower house will likely be announced after January.

      The Shura Council elections will be held on January 29th, February 14th, and March 4th in the same sequence.

      The date of the Presidential election has not yet been decided.

      Election officials in Egypt say 62% of eligible voters turned out to vote in the initial stage of the country's elections earlier this week. Election went very organized in a civilized way which exceeded all observers expectation and no evidence of violence reported. They announced the first results of the country's complex parliamentary poll.

      Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, emerging as the biggest winner in the first round of parliamentary elections, is seeking to reassure Egyptians that it will not sacrifice personal freedoms in promoting Islamic law. The deputy head of the Brotherhood's new political party, Essam el-Erian, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Saturday that the group is not interested in imposing Islamic values on Egypt, home to a sizable Christian minority and others who object to being subject to strict Islamic codes. "We represent a moderate and fair party," el-Erian said of his Freedom and Justice Party. "We want to apply the basics of Shariah law in a fair way that respects human rights and personal rights," he said, referring to Islamic law. The comments were the clearest indication that the Brotherhood was distancing itself from the ultraconservative Islamist Nour Party, which appears to have won the second-largest share of votes in the election's first phase. According to media reports, preliminary results leaked to the press showed the Muslim Brotherhood as getting 40 percent of the vote; the conservative Salafi al-Nour party getting 20 percent of the vote; the liberal and secular al-Kutla and al-Masriya parties getting 15 percent. Other moderate, secular and progressive parties followed with smaller percentages of the vote, the reportedly leaked results showed, NBC News said.The results could not be independently confirmed.

      We respect all people

      The Nour Party espouses a strict interpretation of Islam similar to that of Saudi Arabia, where the sexes are segregated and women must be veiled and are barred from driving. The Brotherhood recently denied in a statement that it seeks to form an alliance with the Nour Party in parliament, calling it "premature and mere media speculation." On Saturday, el-Erian made it clear that the Brotherhood does not share Nour's more hard-line aspirations to strictly enforce Islamic codes in Egyptians' daily lives. "We respect all people in their choice of religion and life," he said. Another major check on such an agenda is the council of generals who have run the country since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February. The military council, accused by Egypt's protest movement of stalling a transition to civilian and democratic rule, is seeking to limit the powers of the next parliament and maintain close oversight over the drafting of a new constitution. Egypt already uses Shariah law as the basis for legislation, however Egyptian laws remain largely secular as Shariah does not cover all aspects of modern life. On its English-language Twitter account, the Brotherhood said that its priorities were to fix Egypt's economy and improve the lives of ordinary Egyptians, "not to change (the) face of Egypt into (an) Islamic state."

      Call to accept democracy
      El-Erian urged the Brotherhood's political rivals to accept the election results. "We all believe that our success as Egyptians toward democracy is a real success and we want everyone to accept this democratic system. This is the guarantee for stability," he said. For decades, Mubarak's regime suppressed the Brotherhood, which was politically banned but managed to establish a vast network of activists and charities offering free food and medical services throughout the country's impoverished neighborhoods and villages. It is the best organized of Egypt's post-Mubarak political forces. The vote for parliament's lower house is taking place over three stages, with 18 provinces in Egypt yet to vote. Meanwhile, the swearing-in of a new temporary Cabinet was delayed on Saturday due to disagreements over key posts, including over who will lead the ministry in charge of internal security. An official in the Interior Ministry said several high-ranking security officials have been named as possible replacements but that some have turned down the offer. Protesters have also strongly objected to the nominations put forward by newly appointed Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri, who served in the same position under ousted President Hosni Mubarak from 1996 to 1999.

      Elections finish in March
      The country's ruling military general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, appointed el-Ganzouri as a new interim prime minister last month after the previous premier's government resigned in the wake of a police crackdown on protesters that killed over 40 people. The interim Cabinet will serve until after the parliamentary elections finish in March. A new government is to be formed after the legislature is seated. Activist Hussein Hammouda, a retired police brigadier, is among those opposed to the names being considered for the Interior Minister post and says someone from outside the police force should be chosen instead. Protesters in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's protests, released a statement saying they would continue their sit-in while allowing traffic to resume normally in the area. There were tens of thousands of protesters in the square in the days leading up to the elections, but numbers have dwindled to several hundred since then.
      Protesters demanding el-Ganzouri be replaced as prime minister said they will keep up another sit-in outside the Cabinet headquarters. NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


      Hilton Worldwide reiterates its commitment to Egypt's tourism industry

      Despite a challenging year for the hospitality industry across the Middle East and North Africa, Hilton Worldwide has continued to expand its portfolio. Speaking at a press conference in Cairo, Christian Grage, vice president operations, Egypt & Levant and Emma Corcoran, corporate communications director, Middle East and Africa, discussed the challenges and opportunities this year has presented, including the opening of two new Hilton hotels in Egypt this year.

      Hilton Worldwide
      Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,750 hotels and 615,000 rooms in 85 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors.

      Hilton Worldwide currently operates 53 hotels and one convention centre in the Middle East & Africa, totalling more than 15,000 rooms across 17 countries. There are 17 hotels in Egypt, one hotel and one convention centre in Jordan, ten hotels in the UAE, six in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait, plus another 12 hotels in Africa and 3 hotels in the Indian Ocean. Hilton Worldwide has a signed development pipeline of an additional 40 properties across Middle East & Africa in the U.A.E, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, Nigeria and Cape Verde.



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      Culinary training center opens in Egypt

      Makro Egypt, in partnership with the Egyptian Chefs Association has launched the country’s first culinary training center, located in Akhbar Al Youm Academy. The center will host the culinary training program which was recently launched under the patronage of the Egyptian Tourism Federation (ETF) and the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the European Union and the Nile University in Luxor. Designed to raise the professional standards of culinary arts and food preparation, to ensure higher standards in the tourism industry, the course will provide both theoretical and practical training for Egypt’s future chefs, with Makro Egypt lending its expertise in both wholesale and local supply chain development, as well as international standards of hygiene and efficiency. Currently the course is being rolled out in Luxor and Cairo with plans for additional training centers in Alexandria, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh. A total of 285 chefs have already enrolled in the course, which will comprise 6 modules taken over the course of a year.

      The British are coming to Egypt

      While those from many Western countries stay away, British tourists are reportedly flocking to Egypt. Flights are still almost full as British holiday makers take advantage of cheaper deals in Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh, the Sunday Express quoted tourism chiefs as saying. Egyptian authorities have announced incentives for charter operators in a bid to thwart the tourism crisis that has followed January’s revolution. The foreign office has not warned against travel to Egypt but urges Britons to avoid Cairo where tension is mounting. Yet resort destinations such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, 300 miles away, are unaffected. Mr Khaled Rami, director of the Egyptian Tourist Office for the UK and Ireland, said most of the country was safe, adding: “If you look at Tahrir Square you would think all of Egypt is burning, but only in the way that anybody outside of the UK who saw footage of the August riots would think all the UK was burning.”


      Festival of Egyptian Culture in Frankfurt

      Conceived in 2008 as a celebration commemorating Howard Carter’s archeological success in unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb, this year’s festival will celebrate Egyptian culture in its entirety. Hosting contemporary art, literature, music, film and stand-up comedy, the festival will run until April 2012 with every month hosting a different set of writers, filmmakers, artists, musicians and comedians. The purpose built hall in which the entire six months event will be hosted ispans 4,000 square meters, seamlessly organized, with audio books that are wirelessly connected to that which they are explaining. The space is complete with a cafe and bar, as well as a gift shop with merchandise ranging from books and stationary, to masks and toys. The simulation rooms offers something that the real tombs, relics and even museums worldwide can’t: the chance to see ancient Egyptian artifacts the way the archeologists found them and, more importantly, the way they were left by the ancient Egyptians. Preceding the ancient Egyptian section of the festival is the contemporary Egyptian photography exhibition titled “To Egyptwith Love.” Hosted by Safar Khan Gallery in Zamalek, and curated by its owner Mona Said, the current collection at Frankfurt features the best works assembled of two exhibitions of the same titles. The artwork is the photography of artists Alaa Taher, Bassem Samir and Hossam Hassan, complimented by a video by Khaled Hafez. The event will continue to host brilliant Egyptian talent across the board, with yet another traveling Art exhibition hosted by London’s Mica Gallery titled “From Facebook to Nassbook,” as well as the highly anticipated “Egyptian Art Today” by Safar Khan Gallery, which will include original art works by Nermine Hammam, Khaled Hafez, Marwa Adel and Ahmed Kassem to name a few.


      Virtual face of ancient Egyptian child at the Smithsonian

      Modern-day 3D design software is helping Egyptologists to better see what two small mummies looked like in life, and from that, advance their understanding of ancient cultures. Sensable announced that its Freeform(R) 3D-modeling and organic design solution helped put a face on two high-profile Egyptian mummies in displays that just opened this month. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History exhibition, “External Life in Ancient Egypt,” displays a new 3D-printed bust of a Freeform-designed facial reconstruction performed from the computed tomography (CT) scans of a 3-year old mummified boy. The child is the subject of extensive research by noted physical/forensic Smithsonian anthropologist Dr. David Hunt. In a separate case with a mummy owned by the Spurlock Museum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Freeform helped reconstruct the face of an 8-year old child mummy, revealing greater detail on facial features, and even showing a small one-sided ponytail. Facial reconstruction formerly required physically sculpting on casts taken from the skeletal remains, a painstaking, time-consuming process that is potentially destructive process to 2,000-year old mummies. Freeform allowed Joe Mullins, a Washington DC-based forensic artist, to work from new-era CT scans, input them into Freeform, and then with digital speed and accuracy, define precise layers of muscle, skin and soft tissue following skeletal lines to depict the children with startling realism. Freeform is the 3D-modeling and design solution of choice for experts in facial reconstruction worldwide among archeologists and forensic artists at such institutions as the British Museum, Manchester University, the University of Dundee, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and numerous law enforcement organizations. Freeform’s rich set of organic modeling tools and unique ‘digital clay’ design paradigm, allow technicians to feel the model as they reconstruct and sculpt features using clues from the scans and skulls — and to work faster and more iteratively, during reconstruction than if working in physical clay.


      Three Nobel Laureates to participate in BioVisionAlexandria 2012

      The BA organizes BioVisionAlexandria (BVA) 2012 Conference from 22 to 25 April 2012, with the participation of eminent scientists and researchers, including three Nobel Laureates, and a number of students and others who are interested in the field. Nobel laureates, who confirmed their attendance, include Paul Crutzen (chemistry, 1995), Richard Ernst (chemistry, 1991, and Wole Soyinka (literature, 1986). The theme of BVA 2012 is "New Life Sciences: Linking Science to Society" aiming at addressing the role that science can play in achieving a fair, equal and just society, not only through scientific research but also policy adjustment. The Conference will shed lights on issues such as health as a state of well-being, not just combating disease, environment, food and agriculture, and the rights of the marginalized. BVA 2012, is held as a continuation of the tradition that started in BioVision 1999 in Lyon, France. The BA holds the BVA every even year, alternating with the World Life Science Forum held in Lyon every other odd year.


      Archaeologists unearth ancient Christian city in Egypt

      The remains of a basilica and buildings dating to the fourth century AD has been discovered at the Ain al-Sabil area of the New Valley Governorate. This is the first excavation at the site and researchers hope more discoveries will be made. Egyptian Christians (Copts) trace their history back to just after the Crucifixion, when Saint Mark preached in the country. The fourth century AD was a high point in Coptic history. The majority of Egyptians were Christian at that time and Egyptian monasteries started the Christian monastic movement. Today’s Copts make up anywhere from 5-23% of the population. Estimates vary so widely because the actual number is a politically contentious issue. Most sources agree that about 10% is the correct figure, meaning slightly more than 8 million people.


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  • 16/11/2011 - Clarification of vaccination required

    • Dear members,
      We have recently been informed by the “Ministry of Health & Population first undersecretary of preventive affairs and endemic diseases” that we have to advise clients while booking to get the following vaccination before leaving their home country. This procedure is applied “ONLY” for those traveling to Egypt from Africa, Asia & South America.
      BUT NOT APPLIED on travelers coming to Egypt from East & West European countries, New Zealand, Australia, North America or Canada:
      - Malaria
      - Meningitis
      - Yellow Fever
      Citizens and tourists from Asia, South America & Africa must hold the vaccination certificate as a proof while entering Egypt otherwise they will be held in a quarantine until they get a full check and vaccinated.
      No vaccination needed when departing Egypt.

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  • 13/11/2011 - November 2011

    • Word of wisdom of the month "Everyone wants to be appreciated. 
      So, if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret."

       

      Hotels Updates

      We received from Intercontinental Abu Soma that as of the 31st October 2011, the management contract relating to the InterContinental Abu Soma Resort and entered into by Kiriazi Touristic Village Co and InterContinental OverSeas Holding Corporation will end due to the termination of the contract by mutual agreement. Therefore, as of 1st November, the hotel have no longer carry the InterContinental brand. You will already have received notice from the hotel directly however we just wanted to reconfirm this with all partners. I would highly appreciate if you could inform all of your client booking of the change in status of the hotel. The hotel will continue to honour all current and future contracts that have been signed.

      Egypt unveils plan to turn Sharm El-Sheikh into eco-city

      Egypt will establish a department in the Ministry of Tourism to promote green and sustainable development. The decision is part of a long-term plan to promote environmentally-friendly practices in the tourism sector. In 2009, the tourism ministry launched an initiative to transform Sharm into a green city that meets World Tourism Organization guidelines. The ministry is using the services of Bose International to convert Sharm into a green city. The US-based architecture firm has studied how to reduce gas emissions from hotels and cars, and examined previous studies on the region and city. Solar electricity will play a role, he said, and electrical-powered vehicles will be introduced in a bid to reduce environmentally-damaging gas emissions.


      Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan will resume

                                                                                                                                                  

      Egypt’s tourism authority has announced that after a 16-year break, the river Nile will be opened up for the resumption of the “long Nile cruise,” the full 14-day voyage all the way from Cairo to Aswan. Currently, Nile cruises only operate between Luxor and the southerly city of Aswan; this stretch is known as the Upper Nile. There are virtually no licenses for operators to sail north of Luxor, so a typical visit to Egypt includes a few days in Cairo — to visit the pyramids, the Museum of Antiquities and the Sphinx — followed by a flight south to cruise the Upper Nile for up to a week.


      Egypt’s coral reefs endangered despite laws

                                                                                                                                                 

      Boat anchors, overfishing and waste disposal are together with climate change posing a serious threat to one of Egypt’s most well-known treasures: the coral reefs. Egypt’s coral reefs are found mainly along the coasts of the Red Sea and near the Suez and Aqaba gulfs, where over 1000 fish species live among 250 kinds of coral. Despite the fact that most of these areas lie in state-protected national parks, bad management and a lack of incentive to follow existing law is posing a serious threat to the diversity of their fauna and flora. Exactly how bad of a state the Egyptian coral reefs are in is not directly measurable, according to Moshira Hassan, a marine biologist specializing in coral reefs. She does not doubt, though, that the threat is serious. On Saturday and Sunday, Hassan will travel to Ain Sokhna for a field trip sponsored by the Green Arm group of Nahdet El Mahrousa, an organization supporting young Egyptian professionals in creating developmental projects. There she will conduct a workshop on coral reefs’ resilience to climate change for a small group of Egyptian environmentalists in order to help them better understand the reefs’ ability to recover and resist damage. Hassan believes that this workshop will help create some guidelines for sustainable use of the areas around the coral reefs. According to Hassan, there is no need for additional rules to regulate and protect the reefs: “We have good laws concerning the protected areas. It’s really more a matter of people actually following the rules, which I think will only happen if punishment for breaking the rules is put in place. It is too easy at this point to get away with overfishing or throwing waste water in the sea.”


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      Workmen’s Huts in the Theban Mountains (WHTM) Project

                                                                                                                                                  

      The Workmen’s Huts in the Theban Mountains (WHTM) Project forms part of a research project called People and Environment. A multidisciplinary study on human agency, housing constructions, and social and ritual space in Egypt 1550-1069 BC with special focus on the Station de Repos area. This is a five-year project taking place 1.8.2008–31.7.2013 directed by Dr. Jaana Toivari-Viitala. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and undertaken at the University of Helsinki in association with the Finnish Egyptological Society. The international partners of the project are The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in Egypt and the University of Basel in Switzerland as well as the Náprstek Museum in the Czech Republic. The main objectives of the project are: 1. The conservation, consolidation and documentation of the Station de Repos area on the West Bank of Luxor which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis in Egypt (= Workmen’s Huts in The Theban Mountains (WHTM) Project). 2. Conducting multidisciplinary in-depth research on the ancient Egyptian royal tomb-builders’ various modes of housing, building types and functions, lay-out of road/path networks, mobility and other types of human interaction with the environment and landscape as part of human life, experience, agency, social taxonomies, and the conceptual world at large in ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom (1550–1069 BC) with special focus on the Station de Repos area on the West Bank of Luxor. 3. Providing a research frame work and environment for young Finnish doctoral students of egyptology. 4. A continuation of Finnish co-operation in the international preservation work of UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites. 5. To make the progress and results of the research project known and available throughproper and on-going reporting in various types of national and international media targeting the scientific and the lay audience. Due to constantly increasing subsoil water levels, environmental change and increasing pollution, and damage caused by growing numbers of tourists, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has launched an appeal to the international scientific community to take part in the conservation, consolidation, and documentation work of endangered sites and monuments which form part of our world heritage. One location in the Theban area under threat to disappear forever without having been properly studied or documented is the Station de Repos area situated on the cliff slope of the Valley of Kings. It consists of clusters of the Deir el-Medina based royal tomb builders temporary accommodation huts dating to the 19.–20. dynasties (1295–1069 BC).


      The Resumption of Work at Amarna by Barry Kemp

                                                                                                                                                  

      The Resumption of Work, Autumn 2011

      I am writing this on a fine, warm morning, at a table set beneath a group of palm trees that occupy the centre of the North Palace at Amarna. Six months have passed since I last sent out an email report. I have delayed writing another until I could see a path through the uncertainties. Our permit from the SCA runs until the end of the year, and my hope has been that it would be possible to carry out, during the last months of 2011, the fieldwork that had been planned for the spring. I can now report that this is happening.

      Two separate projects are involved, and they are taking place one after the other, on either side of the middle of November. The first is the repair schedule at the North Palace. The second is the resumption of excavation at the South Tombs Cemetery. That these are taking place is a sign that, bit by bit, post-revolution Egypt is settling down to its new order.

      The idea of carrying out remedial work at the North Palace goes back to the late 1990s. By that time, after seventy years of exposure to the elements and, for much of that time, being used by farmers and their animals as a short cut to their fields (it was surrounded by a barbed-wire fence only in 1984), the brickwork had suffered severely. The rear part, standing higher than the rest, looked close to major collapse. The three days of heavy rain during January of this year illustrate the seriousness of the assault that the weather can bring on.

      Our first steps in consolidation were taken in September 1997. Our subsequent seasons have not been annual, sometimes being replaced by similar work at the Small Aten Temple. Our team of brickmakers and three teams of builders have, over the years, developed a good style of work that is sensitive to the materials they use and to the requirements of an ancient building. For the supervision of much of the repairs, we have been fortunate to have the services of conservation architect Suresh Dhargalkar who formerly was responsible for conservation at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. This year he was unable to come. I have done my best to stand in for him, with the assistance of SCA conservator Atef Nagi and inspector Ahmed Fathi.

      In the rear parts of the palace, the aims of the work have been to preserve as much as possible of the original brickwork and to leave it visible, adding significant brickwork only where the original has all but disappeared. We have thus added a patchwork of new bricks, sometimes in the sides of walls, to fill undercutting, sometimes to define the jambs of doorways, and sometimes on top as capping. We have also marked out missing stone elements, casting replacement column bases and laying, at ground level, the outlines of stone features in limestone blocks. Over a very large part of the palace, however, the walls have preserved less well.

      Weathering has reduced them to low dusty ridges covered with gravel with perhaps only a single course of original bricks underneath. In this condition, they have all but stabilised, and are beyond the kind of consolidation we have applied to standing brickwork.

      The part of the palace on the north side that lies adjacent to the better-preserved rear was of unusual design, a row of three similar buildings that were intended for the keeping of animals and birds. One part had been provided with rows of stone mangers carved with pictures of feeding animals. Traces of painted decoration, and the closeness of the buildings to the royal residential area together suggest that their purpose was something almost theatrical, namely, the creation in solid form of the idyllic landscape of papyrus marsh and animal life that so enchanted the ancient Egyptians and which was a recurrent theme in the art and architecture of Amarna.

      Thus it seemed desirable to clarify the layout of this part on the ground.
      The only feasible way to do this is to brush down the remaining wall stumps and to lay fresh courses of bricks over the top. The final stage of this is the work that is currently proceeding. In order to reflect the increasing degree of erosion as one moves westwards, towards the present cultivated fields, the height of the rebuilt walls also generally decreases, down to one or two courses at the lowest point.

      Access to each section of the three animal houses was through doorways that were up to 2 m wide. The original thresholds were long ago removed, leaving only broken pieces behind. It clarifies the appearance of buildings if doorways have thresholds. In two of the animal houses they had been slabs of sandstone, brought from quarries far to the south, quarries that are no longer used. This year we are creating mock-sandstone thresholds to replace them, by casting them as slabs in wooden moulds, using local desert clay for colour. For this, Simon Bradley has returned, the sculptor who made the full-size column that stands conspicuously in the Small Aten Temple.


      It has also been possible to make further observations and measurements that contribute to the major publication of the North Palace that is well under way. To this end, the third member of the team, Miriam Bertram, is drawing a series of elevations of walls from the rear part of the palace to which she is adding elements that, although now lost, can be, to some extent, reconstructed from the notes, sketches and photographs made in the 1920s, when the building was first exposed. This includes walls with windows, complete with stone window sills, and a wall in the animal houses where parts of most of the decorated stone mangers were still in place in 1923.

      The work at the palace will end on November 12th. By then, the laying out of wall lines for the three animal houses should be finished, although some small touches might remain for next year. What I hope we have achieved in the L-shaped area that we have paid attention to since we began in 1997 is to prolong the life of the best-preserved brickwork at the rear and, in the part where we have laid out new walls, to reveal more clearly to the visitor an unusual architectural layout and to help the imagination extend itself over the very large areas that remain untouched.

      Our own contributions to the fabric of the North Palace are themselves exposed to the elements and gradually degrade. It makes sense to think of returning in five years' time to give the building a 'service', a mixture of cleaning and repair. In the meantime, the plan for next year is to transfer the building teams to the Central City and to undertake a work of reclamation at the site of the Great Aten Temple, a task that will take several years to accomplish.

      The final official confirmation that we can undertake the planned excavation at the South Tombs Cemetery came just over a week ago. On November 13th, Anna Stevens, the deputy director, will arrive with a small team of archaeologists with the intention of continuing the excavation until very near the end of the year. At the same time, the magazine at the expedition house will be opened. One task to be undertaken is conservation of the fragments of decorated coffins recovered in previous seasons.

      I would like to thank all who take an interest in our work, and especially those who have continued to support us through this difficult period.
      Pictures of the current work are mounted on the Amarna Facebook site, and I have attached a few here.

      Our Justgiving site includes a special appeal to assist in the completion of a publication project (the painted wall plaster from an early Christian church that had been constructed over the remains of one of Akhenaten's buildings at Amarna, the place called Kom el-Nana). See:


      www.justgiving.com/amarna-project0

      It is close to reaching its target. Can I appeal to your generosity again to accomplish this?

      And any who receive this report but not our free, printed twice-yearly newsletter, Horizon, and who would like to be added to the mailing list, need only send me their name and postal address.

      Barry Kemp, 31 October 2011.


      The work at Amarna is supported directly by two institutions: in the UK by the Amarna Trust, and in the USA by the Amarna Research Foundation. In both cases, donations are tax deductible. Amarna Trust: Donations can be made directly to the treasurer: Dr Alison L. Gascoigne Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF             +44 (0)2380 599636       or to the Trust's bank account: Bank: Nat WestAddress: High Wycombe branch, 33 High Street, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 2AJ Account name: The Amarna TrustAccount number: 15626229 Branch sort code: 60-11-01 BIC: NWBK GB 2L IBAN: GB66 NWBK 6011 0115 6262 29 or by electronic transfer through Paypal or Justgiving, available on the website www.amarnatrust.com (where a Gift Aid form is downloadable) The Trust sends out a free newsletter twice a year, Horizon, to anyone who sends me a postal address. It is also available as a downloadable pdf file from our two web sites. Amarna Research Foundation The Amarna Research Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Colorado. It has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization, and contributions to the Foundation are tax exempt. The Foundation receives donations and runs a membership list. See www.museum-tours.com/amarna/ where a membership form can be downloaded. The Foundation publishes a regular newsletter, The Akhetaten Sun, available to members.


      New exhibit at Science Center of Iowa focuses on ancient Egypt

                                                                                                                                                  

      “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science” will reveal how archaeologists use technology to uncover and understand the long-gone civilization. A few highlights include forensic facial reconstructions and a life-size prototype of a mummy in a stage of “unwrapping.” Through those authentic artifacts, high-tech science and hands-on discovery, Emilee Richardson, spokeswoman for the Des Moines facility, says visitors will be able to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. “There’s an interactive display that shows how the sands move around the different pyramids and structures and can bury history,” Richardson says. “There’s an exhibit where you can actually pull on blocks of stone and see how heavy they were and imagine constructing the pyramids.” The exhibit opens November 25th.


      Oxford’s Ashmolean museum to display stunning Egyptian mummy portraits

                                                                                                                                                  

      Three beautifully restored mummy portraits of well-off young people – an enigmatic, beguiling young woman and two handsome men – will go on permanent display at Oxford’s Ashmolean museum this month as part of the second phase of its redevelopment. The oldest, on linen, is of a young woman dating from 55-70AD, excavated by Flinders Petrie – the founding father of Egyptology in the UK – at the Roman cemeteries of Hawara in Fayum, south-west of Cairo, in 1911. Petrie had to do some immediate field conservation which involved him heating up paraffin wax in a double boiler and pouring it over the portraits he found. It was a method that provokes only a slight shudder from Mark Norman, head of conservation at the Ashmolean. “We may or may not agree with what he did, but it worked,” he said. “If he hadn’t done it, we wouldn’t have the objects. That she looks so fresh and luminous is the result of work by the museum’s paintings conservator, Jevon Thistlewood, who also worked on the mummy portraits of the two men, which date from around 100 years later.

      Now Conservators put finishing touches on Ashmolean Museum’s Egyptian collection


      A small team of conservators at the Ashmolean Museum are finishing their painstaking work to restore and preserve dozens of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in time for the grand opening of the new £5m galleries this month. The new galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia will open to the public on Saturday, November 26, and set to boost visitor numbers to new record levels. Many of the items have not been conserved since the 1950s and 1960s, and previous work has previously damaged the ancient artefacts. And the work has also thrown up new discoveries. As conservators worked on the mummy of a woman from Hawara dating from 130AD, they found tiny fragments of leaf tucked under the linen ribbons. According to keeper of antiquities Susan Walker, they came from the myrtle tree, which was used to make wreaths given to women on their wedding day. If she had been buried with one, it could show she was of marriageable age, or she may have died in childbirth. The mummy of the Theban priest Djeddjehutyiuefankh, dating back to 770BC, was sent up to the Churchill Hospital in Headington for a CAT scan using their hi-tech medical equipment. The scan revealed that unlike many mummies, Djeddjehutyiuefankh’s organs were intact and showed no sign of either injury or arthritis which could have explained how he died.


      Prostrate cancer found in Egyptian mummy

                                                                                                                                                  

      Some 2250 years ago in Egypt, a man known today only as M1 struggled with a long, painful, progressive illness. A dull pain throbbed in his lower back, then spread to other parts of his body, making most movements a misery. When M1 finally succumbed to the mysterious ailment between the ages of 51 and 60, his family paid for him to be mummified so that he could be reborn and relish the pleasures of the afterworld. Now an international research team has diagnosed what ailed M1: the oldest known case of prostate cancer in ancient Egypt and the second oldest case in the world. (The earliest diagnosis of prostate cancer came from the 2700-year-old skeleton of a Scythian king in Russia.) After performing high-resolution scans on three Egyptian mummies in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Lisbon, radiologist Carlos Prates and colleagues detected many small, round, dense tumors in M1’s pelvis and lumbar spine, as well as in his upper arm and leg bones. These are the areas most commonly affected by metastatic prostate cancer. For scientists studying the origins of cancer and the complex interplay of environment, diet, and genes on the prevalence of the disease, such improved detection could shed new light on a disease that has plagued humanity for many thousands of years, if not longer.


      British taxi driver mummified like Egypt's pharaohs

                                                                                                                                                  

      Experts work on the mummified leg of former taxi driver Alan Billis. A TV documentary has chronicled the mummification procedure, which uses the recipe developed in Egypt during the time of the pharaohs. Researchers have turned a former British taxi driver into an Egyptian-style mummy, with television cameras tracking every step in the process. The results will be on view next Monday in "Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret," a documentary airing on Britain's Channel 4 television. The show's producers chronicled the months-long procedure of preserving the body of Alan Billis, a 61-year-old retired taxi driver from Torquay in Devon, applying the techniques that the ancient Egyptians used on Tutankhamun. Billis, who earned the nickname "Tutan-Alan," was terminally ill with cancer when he volunteered to undergo the procedure. He had the backing of his wife Jan, who said: "I'm the only woman in the country who's got a mummy for a husband." The main scientist behind the experiment is Stephen Buckley, a chemist and research fellow at Britain's York University. For years, Buckley has been studying the preservation techniques that the Egyptians used during the 18th Dynasty. Alongside archaeologist Jo Fletcher, Buckley analyzed tissue samples from mummified bodies and finally put his findings to the test on Billis' body at Sheffield's Medico-Legal Center. "I've come up with fantastic new insights that tell us a very great deal," Buckley said "What I was able to do was to look at things in quite a different way, and in doing so get information that perhaps people had missed. It's turned current understanding, including my own, completely on its head." The modern-day mummification isn't completely unprecedented: In 1994, Egyptologist Bob Brier and Ronald Wade, director of the Maryland State Anatomy Board, mummified a medical cadaver using ancient Egyptian techniques. But Buckley wanted to study the effects of a particular recipe thought to have been used on the "best of the best" mummies — and so he put out the call for a donor. Alan Billis had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when he read a newspaper article about the experiment. In a video clip recorded before his death, Billis said he was instantly intrigued, and he called up the project's leaders to volunteer.


      Alan Billis and his wife Jan sit at home in Torquay in 2010. Alan died of cancer since this picture was taken and was turned into an Egyptian-style mummy for a scientific experiment (and a TV documentary). "If it doesn't work, it's not the end of the world, is it?" he told the documentary team. "Don't make any difference to me, I'm not going to feel it. It's still bloody interesting." He said his main regret was that he would never know how the experiment turned out: "Shame I'm not gonna be around to see it, isn't it? I'd like to have seen that, because I like documentaries." During his studies, Buckley used a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer and other instruments to identify the materials that were used by the priests in Tutankhamun's day, including beeswax, oils and resins. He went on to conduct a series of experiments using more than 200 pigs' legs as a substitute for human flesh. Buckley even rigged up a research shed where he could re-create the desert conditions present in ancient Egypt. When Billis died in January, a medical team removed most of his organs — including his lungs and intestines — through a 4-inch incision on the left side of his body. The cavity was then sterilized and padded with linen. Buckley went against the traditional wisdom that the Egyptians removed the brain of the deceased through the nose. He acknowledged that the procedure was often used, but noted that around half of the 18th Dynasty royal mummies retained their brains. In some cases, the shrunken remnants of the brain can still be seen in skull X-rays. After the removal of the organs, the body's moisture content was removed using a caustic salt from the region, called natron, which was described by Greek historian Herodotus in 450 B.C. — 800 years after the 18th Dynasty. The scientists immersed the corpse in a salt bath for more than a month to draw out the water. To protect the skin from the harsh salt, it was covered in a layer of oils. The body was then wrapped in linen, protecting it from light and insects. His wife made a visit to the scene, leaving favorite photographs and drawings by his grandchildren. After three months of drying, the process was judged to be complete. "The skin itself has this leathery appearance which indicates that he has become mummified all over," said forensic pathologist Peter Vanezis, who was part of the team behind the experiment. "It makes me very confident that his tissues have been mummified correctly and in a very successful manner." Buckley was pleased with the results of the natron bath, particularly the preservation of the brain. "I think he's on the road to looking very much like the best of the best of the 18th Dynasty in 3,000 years' time," he said. Jan Billis, the widow of "Tutan-Alan," said she was also pleased by the outcome. "It's strange, because I would never have thought it, but every single day I think about him," she told Channel 4. "I wonder what he's doing now, laying there." Brier, the Egyptologist at Long Island University's C.W. Post campus who was involved in the 1994 experiment, said the mummy he worked on is still "dead and well," and currently on display at the San Diego Museum of Man. He said that continued research into the mummification process was a "valuable thing," but questioned the propriety of revealing the identity of the mummy's donor. "You wonder why they personalized it," he told msnbc.com. "It's more like reality TV than research." Channel 4 said the experiment had a scientific purpose and had not been done for sensationalism. The scientists believe the results may help in developing an alternative to formaldehyde in the preservation of tissue. The body will be kept at the Sheffield Medico-Legal Center until the end of the year, and the researchers hope it will be used for further study into mummification and decomposition. This report includes information from msnbc.com and Discovery News.


      American actor Sean Penn in Cairo

                                                                                                                                                  

      H.E. the Egyptian Minister of tourism, Mounir Fakhry Abd El-Nour, invited American actor Sean Penn to visit Cairo. Egyptian Actor Khaled El-Nabawy, who convinced him to visit Egypt, accompanied Penn in his three days tour. Penn stated that his visit to Egypt aims at showing the world that Egypt is a safe destination. US star Sean Penn joined protests in Tahrir Square on Friday, and continued his Cairo tour, visiting the main tourist destinations, the Egyptian museum, the Pyramids in Giza, the main Coptic and Islamic sites, the religious complex, Moez Street and El-Sultan Hassan Mosque. Penn expressed his content to visit Tahrir square, the epicenter and iconic landmark of the Egyptian Revolution. Penn called on people from around the world and specially Americans to visit Egypt, which he described as having unique touristic and archaeological value. The 50-year-old Penn was born in Saint Monaco in California and comes from a family of artists. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award as best actor and won twice, for the film “Mystic River” and for his role in the film “Milk”. In addition to his contributions as an actor and a producer, Penn is also known for his social activism. Penn played a role in the relief operation sent after the Haiti earthquake and intervened for the release of Americans arrested in Iran and accused of espionage.


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  • 30/10/2011 - Memorandum

    • WORLD TRAVEL MARKET 2011


      Traveline Egypt will be exhibiting in the World Travel Market (WTM) taking place in Excel London from 7 – 10 November 2011 at the Egyptian Pavilion booth no. (15)

       

       



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  • 06/10/2011 - October 2011

    • Word of Wisdom of the month "Long hours don't mean anything - Results count, not effort"

                                                                                                                                                 

      Egypt's hospitality triumphs in travel tribute

                                                                                                                                                 
      The resilience of Egypt’s travel and tourism industry has been acknowledged at a VIP gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards at the SOHO Square, Sharm el Sheikh, the Red Sea’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment complex. A number of Egyptian tourist attractions, hotels and organisations emerged victorious at the WTA 2011 Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony on 16th September 2011. Winners included the Pyramids of Giza, which beat off stiff competition from Victoria Falls, Serengeti National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro to win “Africa’s Leading Attraction”. Meanwhile Egypt Air saw off the likes of South African Airways, Air Namibia, Kenya Airways and Royal
      Air Maroc to collect “Africa’s Leading Business Class Airline”. Sierra Resort Sharm el Sheikh was voted “Egypt’s Leading All-inclusive Resort”. Other blue ribbon winners included Cape Town voted “Africa’s Leading Destination”; Abercrombie & Kent winning “Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” and Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South Africa named “Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel”. Meanwhile Sonava Gili won “Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort” and the Maldives picked up “Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”. The industry’s elite – including government ministers, tourist board chiefs and CEOs of blue-chip travel companies – travelled from across Africa and the Indian Ocean to attend the glittering gala ceremony, which was headlined by Lebanese music sensation Carole Samaha. The raft of media in attendance included National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel, Newsweek, Weltexpress and Times of India. Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, highlighted travel and tourism’s crucial role in Egypt’s new era of democracy and opportunity. He said: “Egypt is proving a textbook example of world-class destinations demonstrating an incredible ability to bounce back. Its phenomenal array of attractions – from the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor to the diving and beaches of Sharm El Sheikh – will ensure that tourism remains integral to the evolution of the new Egypt. “Hosting our Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony in Sharm el Sheikh is a celebration of how travel and tourism is serving as a force for good and a catalyst for change,” he added. SOHO Square’s pedestrianised square mile comprises restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities. The complex forms part of the Savoy Group, which also comprises three luxury properties: the Royal Savoy and Villas, the Savoy Hotel and the Sierra Hotel. The hotels enjoy access to some of the most sought after diving and snorkelling in Sharm el Sheikh. Emad Aziz, Chairman Savoy Sharm el Sheikh said: “From the Mountains of Sinai to the shores of the Indian Ocean, hundreds of thousands of people in the hospitality and travel industry demonstrate day in and day out the unfailing welcome they offer. This region is becoming the most sought after destination for discerning travellers. We are proud of the achievements of all and celebrate the extraordinary examples of the winners of these, the most prestigious awards a hotel could receive.” The WTA ceremony comes ahead of Egypt hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Day, which will be celebrated in the city of Aswan on 27th September. The Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony marks the third heat of the WTA 2011 Grand Tour. Regional legs will follow in Bangkok, Thailand (28th September) and Montego Bay, Jamaica (19th October). The event partners were SOHO Square, Savoy Hotels & Resorts International, BBC World News and WeClickMedia, and the media partners included Magic 105.4, ABTA Magazine, eTurboNews, Breaking Travel News, Passport Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and Vox Africa.


      Egypt Elections Called for Nov. 28

                                                                                                                                                 

      (CAIRO) — Egypt's ruling military decreed on Tuesday that the country's first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster will begin Nov. 28, ending months of speculation on the timing of the key vote. The elections for parliament's two chambers will be staggered over several months, with the vote for the People's Assembly starting Nov. 28 and the less powerful Shura Council, the chamber's upper house, on Jan. 29. The announcement by the ruling military council, which took over from Mubarak in February, was carried on the state news agency and television. The last parliamentary election under Mubarak was held in November and December last year, when the ousted leader's now-dissolved ruling party swept the vote, winning all but a handful of seats in the People's Assembly. The vote was widely condemned as the most fraudulent under Mubarak's 29-year rule and considered one of the causes behind the 18-day popular uprising that forced him to step down on Feb. 11. Egyptians went to the polls in March for a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. A decent turnout of more than 40 percent and the absence of any serious instances of fraud led many to declare it Egypt's cleanest vote in living memory. Tuesday's eagerly awaited announcement came at a time of tension between the military council and the pro-reform protest movement over the generals' handling of the transition to democratic rule. The military rulers, in turn, claim some of the youth groups behind the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising received training abroad and unauthorized foreign funding. The protesters and a broad spectrum of politicians say the military has not acted decisively or swiftly enough to dismantle Mubarak's legacy and bring figures of the old regime to account over corruption and other crimes. They also maintain that the generals ruled in near total secrecy and without consulting enough on major issues.


      An Antique Land…

                                                                                                                                                 


      Spotting of humpback whales near Hurghada a rare occurrence

                                                                                                                                                 

      Experts express concern about impact on tourists and local environment in Egypt Humpback whales have been spotted in a waterway between two islands off Hurghada, a Red Sea resort, for the first time. The sighting was reported on Al-Hayat TV on Sunday and experts expressed concern that the animals, which consume 250 kilograms of fish per day, could pose a threat to tourists and the local environment. According to Al-Hayat TV, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) sent out a team of divers who discovered the two whales. The humpback whale belongs to the rorqual family, which also includes the blue whale and the fin whale. Humpback whales have previously been sighted in Sharm El-Sheikh and Dahab. The species live in the Indian Ocean and only enter the Red Sea when migrating


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      ANA flies away to Japan with first Boeing 787

                                                                                                                                                 
      EVERETT, Wash. — Signed, sealed and delivered, the first Boeing 787 took off from Everett, Wash., on Tuesday in the hands of launch customer All Nippon Airways.

      Ramp workers cheered the takeoff at 7:15 a.m., which was about 45 minutes later than expected. The plane climbed into an overcast sky, tipped its wings and headed west to Japan. Boeing officials handed over a ceremonial key to airline executives Monday, after a three-year delay in bringing the new wide-body jetliner to market. The plane goes into service in November in Japan. Chicago-based Boeing says a weight savings from a high-tech plastic skin will

      save airlines fuel while passengers enjoy features such as bigger windows and luggage bins. Airlines have ordered more than 800 of the planes that will compete with the Airbus A350. By March, Boeing is to deliver 12 of the 787s to ANA, which is to receive all of the 55 planes it ordered by the end of 2017. The planes are assembled at Boeing's wide-body factory in Everett and also a new plant Boeing opened in Charleston, S.C. The new jet is the first commercial airliner built using carbon fiber — a strong, lightweight, high-tech plastic — rather

      than the typical aluminum skin. The use of carbon fiber allowed for several other breakthroughs, including larger windows with electronic dimming rather than shades, and pressurization that's more

      akin to what passengers feel at ground level. Without corrosion-prone aluminum, cabin humidity

      levels can be set higher, easing dry noses and throats. The lighter jet will be quieter and use about 20 percent less fuel than a comparably sized aluminum aircraft. At Monday's ceremony, aviation industry analyst Peter Clark, who traveled from Auckland, New Zealand, called the 787's delivery one of the four major events in the history of commercial aviation, after the development of the Boeing 707, the 747 and Concorde.

       

       

       

       

       

       

               



                                                                                                                                                


      Egypt pyramids first on British top sites to visit

                                                                                                                                                 

      The pyramids of Giza top the list of sights
      Britons most want to see in their lifetime,
      according to a survey. Second to the
      pyramids as a must-see spectacle was the
      northern lights, followed by the Taj Mahal,
      Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.
      Two more American spectacles, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, also made it into the top 10, as did Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the canals of Venice.




      Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling

                                                                                                                                                 

      Tools to powerfully write about and manifest your life using the power found in the sacred sites of ancient Egypt • Reveals how to create meaning from one’s life experiences and manifest new destinies through spiritual writing • Contains meditations and creative writing exercises exploring sacred themes in the Egyptian Book of the Dead and other hieroglyphic texts of ancient Egypt • Shares transformative and inspiring pieces written by those who’ve attended the authors’ Egyptian sacred tours Within each of us is a story, a sacred story that needs to be told, of our heroic efforts and of our losses. The scribes of ancient Egypt devoted their lives to the writing of sacred stories. These technicians of the sacred were masters of hieroglyphic thinking, or heka–the proper words, in the proper sequence, with the proper intonation and the proper intent. Learning heka provided scribes with the power to invoke and create worlds through their words and thoughts. To the writer, heka is a magical way to create meaning from experience. Through heka we manifest new visions and new relationships to ourselves and to others. We can make new art filled with beauty and light. Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt: The Initiatory Path of Spiritual Journaling


      Restored Egyptian Book of the Dead on display at the Brooklyn Museum

                                                                                                                                                 

      Following a three-year-long conservation project, the final section of the rare, thirty-five-centuries-old Egyptian Book of the Dead of the Goldworker of Amun, Sobekmose will go on long-term view on September 28. The papyrus is about twenty five feet long. In an unusual feature, it is inscribed on both sides. The Book of the Dead of Sobekmose, created during the Eighteenth Dynasty, probably during the reign of Thutmose III or Amunhotep II (circa 1479–1400 b.c.), contains nearly one hundred “chapters,” almost half of the total known group of Book of the Dead texts. Several of the chapters are close in content to those found in the Coffin Texts, the collection of funeral texts used in the previous historical period. The texts on the front are written in approximately 530 columns of hieroglyphs reading down and from right to left. English translations are provided in the gallery for certain key passages. The final third of the Book of the Dead of Sobekmose will join the previously completed sections, which have been on view in the Mummy Chamber installation in the Egyptian galleries since May 2010.


      Blossom signs Blazon to hit Mena market
                                                                                                                                                 

      BLAZON Communications has been appointed as exclusive sales agent for the Mena region for Blossom Japan, the high-end international travel exhibition held annually in Japan. Organised by Lucioles, Blossom Japan is a dedicated invitation-only event connecting buyers from across the world looking for exciting new products to present to their clients with exhibitors representing premium travel experiences. 'Some of the world’s finest hotels and travel services are available in the Middle East and therefore it is vital that this part of the world has a strong representation at Blossom Japan. We are confident that, with our strong network of contacts in the travel and hospitality sectors, we will bring a high-profile, high-end portfolio of products to Kyoto in 2012,' said Sarah Campbell, Blazon’s director of public relations. 'We are pleased to welcome Blazon Communications to our extended team; the company’s boutique approach complements Blossom Japan’s unique and quality-focused event style. Blazon’s expertise will help us deliver amazing products and experiences in the Mena region to our buyers and media attending the next edition,' said Jay Martens, CEO of Lucioles. Exhibitors already confirmed for Blossom Japan 2012 include Silversea Cruises, Orient-Express, Aman Resorts, Naiade Resorts and Ayana Resort and Spa Bali. Blossom Japan 2012 will take place from February 13 to 16 and will begin with a full-day conference followed by a three-day exhibition at ICC Kyoto.


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  • 12/09/2011 - September 2011

    •  Word of Wisdom of the Month

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      Egypt to Host Official World Tourism Day Celebrations

      The Egyptian city of Aswan will host the official 2011 World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, which will include a High-Level Think Tank on this year’s theme, ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures’ (27 September 2011). “It is most fitting that Egypt, home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural heritage and a leading tourism destination, be the host country for the official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2011,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. Egypt is world famous for its rich history and vibrant culture which draw millions of tourists to the country each year. It is precisely this interaction between the peoples and cultures of the world, driven by tourism, that is at the heart of the WTD 2011 theme: Tourism – Linking Cultures. “We are very honored to be hosting the official celebrations of World Tourism Day 2011 in Egypt. Tourism is one of the most important sectors of our society, representing 12% of our GDP in 2010 and responsible for one in every seven jobs. World Tourism Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness around the world of this vital economic sector and its contribution to social, economic and environmental well-being worldwide and in Egypt in particular,” said the Minister of Tourism of Egypt, Mounir Fakhri Abdel-Nour. Planned WTD activities in Aswan include a High-Level Think Tank on the 2011 theme, at which leading public and private tourism stakeholders, academia and the media will address the role of tourism in building understanding, respect and tolerance worldwide. WTD activities running throughout the year include the annual WTD Photo Competition, which offers a round-trip to Egypt as first prize. UNWTO has also launched the first ever WTD Twitter Competition, asking people to ‘tweet’ about how they consider tourism to link cultures. Winning entries will appear on the official programme handed out during the celebrations in Aswan. World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals. According to the Egypt State Information Service, diaspora Egyptians have played an active role in reviving the Egypt-bound tourism. Contacts were held with tourist agencies abroad and friends and travelers were invited to visit Egypt after it became a better, safe and secure place. The Ministry of Tourism set new public relations plans to benefit tourist agencies abroad especially in such countries as France, Italy, and Poland as well as in Asia; the message: tourist sites nationwide are now secure. Meanwhile, charter flights to Hurghada and Sharm al-Sheikh, where tourists generally flock were given priority. The Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture participated in a number of international events to relay a positive message of Egypt. Tourists who returned with a positive experience of the country were called upon to assist in promotion efforts and to contact agencies who had ordered their tourists to leave Egypt when the Revolution first out broke out to ask them to return. Building on international sympathy with the Revolution, plans were set in motion to attract tourists and to penetrate new markets; e.g. the Commonwealth of Independent States.


      Turkey's Limak wins bid to expand Cairo airport terminal

      CAIRO: Egypt’s government has awarded Turkish Limak Construction, a flagship company of Limak, with a $387 million contract to expand Cairo airport’s second terminal and increase passenger capacity. Approved by the World Bank in February 2010, a $280 million loan in assisting Egypt will be put towards financing the second terminal project, a bank official in Cairo told Daily News Egypt. The project was secured and is currently ongoing despite the recent political turmoil that hit the country after the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. Harun Iyidil, member of the Limak executive board, said in a statement that the project “symbolizes the restoration of stability and trust in Egypt after a difficult period.” "It will open the gates of Cairo to the world with significant contributions to the country's economy,” he added. The Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) is the government agency overseeing the ongoing project, as it is responsible for all airport projects in Egypt. The Cairo Airport Terminals Company, a subsidiary of EHCAAN, will be funding the remaining costs of the project, Egypt state-owned Al-Ahram reported. The “official” closing date for the project is November 30, 2015, according to the bank. Although several other companies competed in the bid, the Turkish consortium won the deal due to their “competitiveness,” Alaa Ezz, secretary general of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers, told DNE. Ezz added that when it comes to business in the region, “Turkey, who is very competitive when compared to Egypt, has an advantage” for several reason; whether it be cheaper labor, skills, or better quality for lower prices. According to the World Bank, the objectives of the second terminal building (TB2) is to help Egypt’s government in enhancing the overall quality of the country’s airport services by increasing the capacity of Cairo International Airport (CAI). “The construction of a new terminal on the site of the existing Terminal Building 2 with a capacity up to 7.5 million passengers per annum, increases the overall capacity of CAI to 25 million passengers per annum,” said said Michel Bellier, the World Bank Task Team Leader in a statement released in 2010. The new terminal building will operate jointly as one integrated terminal, “thus reinforcing the role of Cairo International Airport as a regional hub,” Bellier added. Consisting of two components, the project is expected to also strengthen air transport in Egypt. “The first component of the project is rehabilitation and expansion of the TB2 at the CAI; the new TB2 will be operated in combination with the recently completed TB3,” the bank stated. “The second component of the project is technical assistance and studies. The project is based on the expectation of strong traffic growth in the coming decade. It finances the necessary airport infrastructure improvements to meet and facilitate this growing air transport market,” the bank stated. The bank also notes that given the “increased complexity of the air transport sector, the project will include a component to strengthen the institutional capacity of the sector's institutions.” Furthermore, “this component will support policy initiatives and the enhancement of air transport services in Egypt.” After the terminal is completed, the number of gates will increase from seven to 14, including new Airbus A380 facilities. “To monitor and manage all airport and hub operations from one centralized location, Terminal 2 will host the new Airport Operations Control Center (AOCC),” CAI said on their website. “It will be located on-top of the new Terminal and supervise operation in Terminal 1, 2, 3, airside and also curbside.” According to CAI, after the completion of the project, the entire terminal’s “look and feel” is expected to improve significantly. Cairo International Airport is the second largest in Africa, after Johannesburg Airport in South Africa. Currently, CAI is used by 58 passenger airlines, which include charter operations, 10 cargo operators, and has a total capacity of 21 million passengers per year divided across the three terminals, according to the World Bank.


      EgyptAir resumes Baghdad flights after 21-year break

      CAIRO: National carrier EgyptAir on Saturday resumed direct flights to Iraq after a break of 21 years, the airline's chairman Hussein Massoud told AFP. "The first Cairo-Baghdad flight left today with about 30 passengers on board," he said, adding EgyptAir would fly four times a week to Baghdad and three times to Arbil, capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. The service was scrapped in 1990 after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.


         


      Egypt Tourism and e-commerce

      The advent of mobile banking and growth of e-commerce are just two of the most widely publicized and utilized developments worldwide and Egypt is no exception. Based on recent data published by the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), internet penetration in Egypt was over 30 percent of the total population as of January 2011 and is expected to grow by 39.61 percent annually. With over 23 million internet users in Egypt, the potential to grow e-commerce is enormous. One important means to grow e-commerce in Egypt, and by proxy the national economy, is through the travel and tourism industry. For Egypt, it is particularly important that the availability of online travel and tourist services are keeping up with the growing trends and potential of online consumers. Currently, tourists are able to book hotels and flights online; however the lack of e-payment options for local tour operators means they are missing out on direct bookings. The online booking of flights and hotels is often facilitated through a foreign website and therefore takes away from local revenues because local services do not have the ability to offer online payments through their websites.


      ITB Asia announces conference line-up

      MESSE Berlin (Singapore), organiser of ITB Asia, has announced the largest conference programme line-up ever for this year’s show. Currently in its fourth year, ITB Asia is known for having successfully established a credible and internationalknowledge-sharing platform alongside the trade show, through the series of conferences, seminars and workshops it organises. Held from October 19 to 21 at Suntec Singapore, ITB Asia delegates can look forward to attending two new events - the inaugural TTG Travel Agent Conference and the Asia for Asia Conference, as well as the second installment of the successful ITB Asia Association Day. 'With close to 800 exhibiting companies from 60 countries from all aspects of the Asian travel industry participating in the show, ITB Asia sits on the pulse of the regional travel, tourism and hospitality industries,' said Nino Gruettke, executive director of ITB Asia. 'We constantly seek feedback from particpants to ensure the conference programme is relevant and able to address the latest developments, challenges and trends in the industry. This way, we hope to spark more sharing and collaborative efforts to capitalise on growth opportunities within the region.' The travel agent conference promises to deliver practical know-how and tangible learning points that travel agents can apply to their businesses to elevate success. Covering a range of topics, the conference includes case studies of super agents and tips for success in customised travel and online businesses. The fifth Asia for Asia Conference, organised by the Singapore Tourism Board in conjunction with The Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (AACVB), will be held in Singapore for the first time this year at ITB Asia. Themed ‘Asia Rising: The Future of Meetings’, the conference will explore the macro trends of the Asian travel industry, offering valuable insights and learnings from the experts, innovators, leaders and trendsetters of the meetings industry. The Asia for Asia Conference will be held on October 20 and attendance is by invitation only. Encouraged by the overwhelming success of the introduction of ITB Asia Association Day last year, the conference will be back this year on October 20, with new features such as a specialist forum dedicated to understanding and growing the association meeting sector in Asia.


      WTM’s technology section 90pc booked

      THE expanded technology and online travel section at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) is already 90 per cent sold out. With 30 per cent extra space this year compared to 2010, visitors will find a number of new exhibitors including Triometric, e-GDS, Ixaris Systems, Safeer Services, Spa Travel, FACT-Finder Travel, TravelSIM, Thermeon Worldwide, IDeaS – a SAS Company, EZYield.com, FastBooking, Vertical Booking, Bookassist, Guestline, Xn Hotel Systems and Globekey. There will be two new pavilions within the section, one dedicated to mobile technology, with exhibitors including AppiHolidays and ecocarrier, the other for new exhibitiors to the event including Fortune Cookie, SustainIT Solutions, TigerBay Software, Rezopia and Grupo1000 Lugares. WTM sales manager for the section, Jo Marshall said: 'This is excellent news for technical buyers who will have so much more supplier choice than in previous years at WTM, and with the WTM buyer speed networking session – WTM 2011 really does mean technology. 'The demand to exhibit in the expanded section has been phenomenal.' Furthermore, the International Federation for Information Technology In Travel and Tourism (IFITT) and the Travel Technology Initiative (TTI) together with OpenTravel Alliance will each run a half day’s programme for members in the main Platinum Suites on Monday, November 7. The core Technology and Online Travel Conference programme’s profile has also been heightened with a day’s programme in the Platinum Suites on November 8 and and an Online Essentials session on Wednesday 9. The Technology and Online Technology Presentation Theatre returns, following its successful launch at WTM 2010, with sessions from a number of leading tech firms including TripAdvisor and RateTiger – eRevMax, plus the theatre will present the THack by Tnooz and have presentations from many other exhibitors including Ixaris and ZOLV


      New theory on the death of Hatshepsut

      A flask of lotion believed to have belonged to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut contains a carcinogenic substance that might ultimately have killed the Egyptian queen, German researchers said. Part of the permanent collection at the University of Bonn’s Egyptian Museum, the vessel was thought to have held perfume until a two-year study uncovered traces of what appears to be an ancient treatment for eczema or psoriasis. Its ingredients include palm and nutmeg oil, fatty acids that can relieve certain skin conditions and a type of cancer-causing tar residue, which is also found in cigarette smoke. In 2007, Egyptian authorities announced that Hatshepsut’s mummy had turned up in a nearby tomb. A CT scan revealed that she had died in her 50s of bone cancer and also suffered from diabetes and arthritis
       


      Restoration work will resume at Djoser Step Pyramid

      Following a nine month pause, the restoration of the Djoser Step Pyramid at Saqqara necropolis will be resumed next week. The Supreme Council of Antiquities has provided an amount of LE3 million to resume the restoration work, from tickets purchases at archaeological sites and museums. This fund will be sufficient to complete the required restoration work in the pyramid’s inner chamber, which is in at risk. According to Mohamed Abdel Fatah, secretary-general of the Council, the only threat to the Step Pyramid’s structure is in the pyramid’s inner chamber. According to the inspection committee, the pyramid is in a good structural condition. The restoration plan includes consolidating the pyramid’s underground tunnels, monitoring the cracks, restoring the wall decorations and inspecting the natural ventilation inside the pyramid and the southern tomb.


      Hairstyle in the afterlife

      Ancient Egyptian men and women alike would have their tresses styled with a fat-based “gel” when they were embalmed. Natalie McCreesh of the University of Manchester, UK and her colleagues examined hair samples from 15 mummies from the Kellis 1 cemetery in Dakhla oasis, Egypt, and a further three samples from mummies housed in museum collections in the US, the UK and Ireland. The mummies were of both sexes, between 4 and 58 years old when they died, and dated from 3500 years to 2300 years ago. When examined with light and electron microscopes, it became clear that the hairs of most mummies were coated with a fatty substance, though a few had been coiffed with something resinous. They found that the substances were different to those commonly used to embalm bodies.


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  • 03/08/2011 - August 2011

    • Word of wisdom of the month
      “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”
      Traveline wishes you a Happy Ramadan

       

      Ramadan Festival

      “Apart from the traditional historic sites, Egypt has launched Fawanees, a month-long festival, to offer discount prices at tourist venues, shopping malls and other facilities,” Tourism Minister Munir Fakhri Abdul Nour told an international press conference in Cairo. Abdul Nour said that that the festival, which started just few days before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, will boost tourism in ‘secure Egypt’ after the January 25 revolution. The festival aims at luring visitors, with the promise of concerts, a book fair in Giza, folkloric shows and displays by whirling dervishes. Fawanees are colourful lanterns hung across the country and in homes to mark the holy month. The festival will kick off Cairo with a parade of traditional sailing boats or “felucca” down the Nile.


      Caucausian DNA on Tutankhamun, Swiss scientists say

      Scientists at Zurich-based DNA genealogy center, iGENEA, reconstructed the

      DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh. The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, probably from a common ancestor who lived in the Caucasus about 9,500 years ago. However, the geneticists were not sure how Tutankhamun’s paternal lineage (Amenhotep III and Akhenaten) came to Egypt from this region of origin. Around 70 percent of British and Spanish males and 60 percent of French men belong to the genetic group of the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Among modern-day Egyptians this haplogroup contingent is below 1 percent, according to iGENEA.


      Help needed to transcribe ancient papyri

      Oxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. The huge collection of papyri was found in the Egyptian city Oxyrhynchus (City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish), and scientists dated the some 200,000 segments back to between 500 B.C. and A.D. 1,000. The images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them. Using a software called Ancient Lives, all a person has to do is look at the photocopy of a particular segment and match the symbols with the ones provided. The program will then record the transcriber’s symbol selection, translate the word and store it for later use. This eliminates any need for someone trained to read classical Greek. Scholars have been studying the Oxyrhynchus collection for more than 100 years and have already rediscovered many lost works, including masterpieces by the ancient Greek poet Sappho and dramatists Menander and Sophocles. Researchers believe that this collection may, in fact, contain a few lost Gospels.



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      Egypt to recover King Tut’s objects from Metropolitan Museum

      Nineteen artifacts taken from the tomb of the famed boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun will be returned to Egypt next week after more than half a century at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The trove includes a miniature bronze dog and a sphinx-shaped bracelet ornament. The move, scheduled for Tuesday, is the result of an agreement between the two institutions last year to return the objects to Egypt. The pieces were sent to New York in 1948 when the Metropolitan Museum closed its expedition house in Egypt.


      Pyramid of Khufu Spiral Ramp Theory Interactive 3D film

      This interactive journey, first presented to the public in a 3D theatre in Paris, has now migrated onto the home desktop. To watch the film, users simply download a plug-in and don a pair of 3D glasses – although the software gives the sensation of depth without them too, to a lesser extent. With help of cutting-edge 3D technology, the video lets users take a peek inside the 146m-high Great Pyramid, the last of the seven wonders of the ancient world still standing. The scene appears as it might have 45 centuries ago – full of the loyal people of the second ruler of the fourth dynasty. But the film is not pure entertainment – besides the educational aspect, it tries to explain one of the theories behind the pyramid’s construction. What we don’t know is how this colossal monument, made of two million stone blocks that weigh an average of 2.5 tonnes each, was actually built. The interactive 3D film outlines one hypothesis. The idea has been drafted by French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin. It differs sharply from another popular theory which suggests that ancient engineers used an outside stone ramp, spiralling its way to the top. No physical evidence to support such a system has ever been found. Instead, Mr Houdin insists that the ramp was inside the pyramid – hence it is invisible from the outside.


      Mubarak pleads 'not guilty' at Cairo trial

      Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has denied charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters at the start of his historic trial in Cairo. "I categorically deny all the charges," Mubarak said at his first court appearance on Wednesday. The ousted president spoke from a hospital stretcher where he lay inside a cage for defendants in the court. The spectacle, in a temporary court at the police academy in the capital, aired live on state television. Presiding judge Ahmed Refaat later adjourned the trial, announcing that proceedings would resume on August 15. It was the biggest humiliation for Egypt's former president since his ouster nearly six months ago after an 18-day uprising. But it went a long way to satisfy one of the key demands that has united protesters since February 11, the day he was toppled.
      Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has denied charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters at the start of his historic trial in Cairo. "I categorically deny all the charges," Mubarak said at his first court appearance on Wednesday. The ousted president spoke from a hospital stretcher where he lay inside a cage for defendants in the court. The spectacle, in a temporary court at the police academy in the capital, aired live on state television. Presiding judge Ahmed Refaat later adjourned the trial, announcing that proceedings would resume on August 15. It was the biggest humiliation for Egypt's former president since his ouster nearly six months ago after an 18-day uprising. But it went a long way to satisfy one of the key demands that has united protesters since February 11, the day he was toppled.
      Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has denied charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters at the start of his historic trial in Cairo. "I categorically deny all the charges," Mubarak said at his first court appearance on Wednesday. The ousted president spoke from a hospital stretcher where he lay inside a cage for defendants in the court. The spectacle, in a temporary court at the police academy in the capital, aired live on state television. Presiding judge Ahmed Refaat later adjourned the trial, announcing that proceedings would resume on August 15. It was the biggest humiliation for Egypt's former president since his ouster nearly six months ago after an 18-day uprising. But it went a long way to satisfy one of the key demands that has united protesters since February 11, the day he was toppled.
      In the courtroom, a prosecutor read the charges against Mubarak. "Yes, I am here," Mubarak said from his bed, raising his hand slightly when the judge asked him to identify himself and enter a plea. "Mubarak is looking very alert," Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reported from outside the court. "He has dyed his hair black as we normally see him. He is in a bed of course, but I think it will come as somewhat of a surprise to everyone - especially given the reports of his deteriorating and ailing health - that he does look so well and alert at this trial." Requests to the court Meanwhile, Mubarak's lawyer Farid el-Deeb, made a number of requests to the court, most notably his call for Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the military ruler of Egypt, to be summoned as a witness in the trial. "He asked for Field Marshal Tantawi - who is also the defence minister and effectively the person running the country right now - to become a witness within this trial," Tadros said. "He said it was Field Marshal Tantawi who has been in control of this country since the 28th of January." Our correspondent called this an "important development", saying "I think it raises a lot of questions about the proceedings of this trial, how many others serving still within the government, within the authority, within that structure, are going to be implicated in what is going on". More than 800 people were killed and about 6,000 wounded in the 18 days of protests that eventually toppled Mubarak's regime. As well as Hosni, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, other former regime officials also face court charges. Habib el-Adly, Mubarak's former interior minister, and six senior police officers are being charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with those killed during the uprising. The judge announced that Adly's trial, and the trial of his former aides, would resume on Thursday. Outside the heavily secured court site, a screen was erected to show the trial, and crowds gathered to watch the proceedings. A crowd of Mubarak supporters and hundreds of relatives of slain protesters and other Mubarak opponents massed at the gates, scuffling sporadically. They threw stones and bottles at each other while riot police with shields and helmets tried to keep them apart.

       


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  • 30/05/2011 - June 2011

    • Word of Wisdon of the month

      "the principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality,the opening of new frontiers"

      Last Updates..

      Dendera road is opened, UK Foreign Office lifted their advice of not visiting Dendera Temple, and we restarted to organize tours to Dendera and Abydos


      Egypt Air weight procedures

      Kindly be informed that starting from the 01st of Jun 11 Egypt Air decided to increase the free allowance weight on their flights to be as follows: · Domestic flights : - 23 K.G per person for the economy class - 32 K.G per person for the business class. · International flights : - 46 K.G per person for the economy class ( divided into two bags ) - 64 K.G per person for the business class ( divided into two bags ) N.B : - A free hand luggage 07 K.G per person is granted for the above travelers. - A free additional bag 23 K.G is granted for frequent flyer gold card holders - 50% discount is granted on the third bag for the silver card holders.



      Egypt opens 7 New Kingdom tombs to tourists Included are tombs made for King Tut's treasurer and a future king


      The gold burial death mask of King Tutankhamun honored the young pharaoh after his death at age 19 in circa 1324 B.C.

       

      Egypt's antiquities ministry opened seven new tombs to tourism Monday (May 23),, including the final resting place of King Tut's head bean counter and a tomb built for a general who would become king.

      The seven tombs are located in South Saqqara, about 19 miles south of Cairo. All seven tombs date to the New Kingdom, a period that encompasses the 16th century B.C. to the 11th century B.C.

      The tomb of King Tutankhamen's treasurer, Maya, is unfinished but features carved reliefs of images of Maya and his wife Merit. Maya was an important figure in Tutankhamen's administration, helping the boy king reopen temples in the capital city of Luxor, which had been abandoned in the previous king's reign.

      Likewise, Tut's general Horemheb was one of the most important figures in Egypt at the time of Tut's reign, responsible for rebuilding the country's foreign affairs. Horemheb had a tomb built for him in South Saqqara, but he would later ascend to the throne of Egypt and be buried in the Valley of the Kings. His wife, Mutnojdmet, was buried in the South Saqqara tomb instead.

      The five other tombs now open to the public include a limestone-and-mudbrick tomb belonging to the royal butler of the pharaohs Akhenaten and Tutankhamen. Inside the butler's tomb, archaeologists found 56 coffins, most containing the bodies of children afflicted by disease. Some of the tombs were discovered in the 1840s, but none were fully explored until the 1970s. A team of Dutch researchers from Leiden University is now in charge of excavating and restoring the tombs.

      The other four tombs belong to:

      • Meryneith, a temple steward and scribe who became the High Priest of Aten and the High Priest at the Temple of Neith.
      • Tia, the overseer of the treasury under Ramses II, whose tomb was also a mortuary temple to the god Osiris.
      • Pay, the overseer of the harem under King Tut.
      • Raia, a soldier and the son of Pay, who took over as harem overseer after his father's death.


      Solid Growth Anticipated

      Africa and Middle East lead the way for online travel and tourism

      Euromonitor International released at the World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference–Dubai yesterday its report findings for online traveourism. The research reveals that online travel and tourisml and t is poised to “experience solid growth” over the next five years – with the Middle East and Africa leading the way in percentage terms Air remains the strongest online category, accounting for more than 50% of sales by value in North America and Australasia in 2010. For the Middle East and Africa, air represented around 10% of value sales in 2010. However, between 2010 and 2015 air will experience a 13% compound annual growth rate in the region, alongside Eastern Europe, the strongest online growth figures in the travel and tourism global overview report. Online hotel sales in Middle East and Africa over the period will grow by more than 12%, sharing the top slot with Latin America, which sees the same growth rates for accommodation. The growth figures for North America are in single digits for air and hotels at 6% and 4%, respectively. Speaking at the WTM Vision Conference – Dubai yesterday, Euromonitor International Travel and Tourism Industry Analyst Nadejda Popova said: “The Middle East is one of the world’s growing tourism destinations and source markets. “This growth is replicated online over the next 5 years with web sales across both air travel and accommodation increasing dramatically.” She added that in the mature online market of Western Europe, hotel sales still represented a worthwhile opportunity. Social media is another opening, particularly as airlines such as Delta and easyJet now have transactional Facebook pages. However, the study also identified potential negative factors. Popova warned the trend for suppliers to focus on direct sales could “increase conflict” between distribution channels. The report also outlined that high profile bankruptcies and subsequent consumer protection issues could impact consumer sentiment for dynamic packaging operators. Furthermore, online travel agents’ inability to offer “the personal touch” during the holiday sales process, and ongoing technical difficulties in arranging complex itineraries, are seen as other headwinds. World Travel Market Exhibition Director Simon Press said: “The Middle East’s importance in the global travel and tourism industry is growing every year. Online travel sales are mature in western markets such as the UK and America, and the Middle East is catching up over the next five years.” The report – worth £1,000 - was given FREE to all delegates at the WTM Vision Conference–Dubai.


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      The Oscars of the travel industry awarded to Middle East winners

      DUBAI - The industry’s elite – including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers, and tourist board chiefs – attended the glittering gala event of the World Travel Awards for the Middle East at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Raffles, and Royal Caribbean were among the names to emerge victorious on May 2, 2011 at the ceremony, which was headlined by Lebanese pop sensation, Elissa. The Armani Hotel Dubai offered guests the opportunity to sample the ultimate in hospitality lifestyle, amid the magnificent setting of Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry,” World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and celebrates those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. More than 462 organizations across the Middle East, spanning more than 125 categories, entered the competition. Etihad Airways was one of the big stars on the night, walking off with an impressive four awards, including the blue riband category “Middle East’s Leading Airline,” as well as “Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class,, “Middle East’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment,” and “Middle East’s Leading Cabin Staff.” Meanwhile, Dubai’s miraculous rebound coupled with its insatiable eye for invention led to the emirate being voted “Middle East’s Leading Destination,” as well as “Middle East’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.” Abu Dhabi’s continuing rise to tourism stardom was rewarded, too, as it took home a host of top honors, including “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board” and “Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award.” On an individual level, HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud was honored as “Travel Personality of the Year” for the Middle East for his contribution to the global hospitality sector, which includes backing what is set to become the tallest building in the world, the mile-high Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia. Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “The Middle East was the perfect region to mark the start of the World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour, setting the bar for the rest of the world to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism.” Voting is still underway for Europe, Africa and Indian Ocean, Asia and Australasia, and The Americas. Regional events will take place later this year in Antalya, Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Bangkok, Thailand; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Grand Final will follow at the end of the year.


      Armani Hotels goes global

      Following the one-year anniversary of the first ever Armani Hotel in Dubai, plans are underway to introduce a series of upscale-designer hotels located in the trendiest spots around the world. A deal was signed in early 2010 to build a network of ten hotels, of which eight locations have now been confirmed. Armani Milano, in the designer’s home city of Milan, will be next to open. The property, which will sit above the Armani flagship store on Via Manzonni in the designer district, will feature 95 guestrooms, a gourmet restaurant, an elegant spa and a fully equipped business centre complete with meeting rooms. The hotel’s opening date has been pushed back from the second quarter of 2011 to the fourth. Giorgio Armani, in partnership with Dubai-based Emaar Hotels & Resorts, has announced the locations for a further six hotels and resorts, all of which will open in the coming five years. Armani Resort Marrakech in Morocco will follow the Milan opening and will be Armani’s first resort property. It is currently under construction and is likely to be ready in the second quarter of 2012. A fully gated Armani Residences and Villas located in Marassi- Egypt will be next. Marassi has become very popular in recent years with the high-society crowd due to its location on the north shores of Egypt. It is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and has a perfect climate of year round sunshine. The final four will be located in cities selected due to the unique style each embodies: London, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo.


      Four Bronze Artifacts Returned

      Press Release – Four Bronze Artifacts Returned Four bronze artifacts have been returned to the Ministry of State for Antiquities. These objects were recovered by the Tourism and Antiquities Police when they caught the criminals with the items, initially believed to have been stolen from the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, in the aftermath of Egypt’s January revolution. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, assigned a committee of archaeologists, headed by the director of the Egyptian Museum, Dr. Tarek El-Awadi, to verify the identity and authenticity of the recovered objects. The artifacts all date to the Late Period of Egyptian history (c. 688-332 BC), and the group is composed of two statues of Osiris, god of the afterlife, and two statues of Harpocrates, who represented the god, Horus, as a child. El-Awadi has reported that only two of the four recovered objects, one statue of Osiris (37.5 cm tall) and one of Horus (18cm tall), are actually pieces missing from the Egyptian Museum. The committee of archaeologists is now looking into the origin of the other two statues, so that they may also be returned to the site or museum they came from. These latest recoveries now bring the total number of objects missing from the Egyptian Museum to 31 objects (out of an original total of 54).


      The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh launches "Touching Senses"

      A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step… Sahl Hasheesh is more than beach and sun, but also the homogeneous amalgamation of cultures that have shaped its past and present. Creating authentic guest experiences is at the forefront of a new initiative launched at The Oberoi since January 2011. We encourage you to join our journey of discovery… "Touching Senses" offers opportunities for guests to enjoy enriching experiences that give access to the diverse culture at The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh. Whether it is a STAR GAZING session with our astronomer seeing the night sky full of constellations, planets and the moon, YOGA classes helping guests experience relaxation and well being, SAND ART with a local artisan creating your own message in a bottle or MOONLIGHT THEATRE on the beach screening classical and contemporary films, all that Sahl Hasheesh has to offer comes together in one at The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh. All sessions are complimentary for hotel residents. Additional initiatives planned include cooking classes and much more… For detailed information on schedule and activities, email us on reservations.tosh@oberoihotels.com.


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  • 09/05/2011 - Recent clashes in Egypt

    • On Saturday night, hundreds of Muslims and Christians flocked to Saint Mena Coptic Church in response to protect the church after a group of Muslim Salafists attacked the church. The clashes were sparked by rumors of a Christian woman who married a Muslim man and was allegedly being held inside the church which is situated in a local area called Imbaba west of Cairo where no tourists go there.
      After the clashes, State TV, citing a source at the Health Ministry. said that 12 Egyptian people died and 232 Egyptian people injured but only 38 of them are still remaining in the hospitals whereas, the rest have left safely to their homes & police forces arrested 157 people whom were involved including the man who released the rumor and they all were taken to prisons and will be presented to military court to ensure speed trails.
      In an official response, Authorities sent soldiers and police to help secure the area. the Egyptian prime minister has delayed his visit to EU and will held meeting today with his cabinet to discuss the impact of the incident and how to ensure it will not be repeated again. Moreover, Grand Mufti , El Azhar grand Sheikh and all Muslims groups condemn Sectarian clashes. As for the situation now, it's under control after the police has arrested those who started the clashes and they are under investigations.
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  • 08/05/2011 - Sound & Light Schedule

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  • 28/04/2011 - May 2011

    • Word of wisdom of the month 2011 “A better World shall emerge based on Faith and understanding”

       

      Egypt cancelled daylight saving time


      The Egyptian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, has endorsed a decree law canceling daylight saving time. Clocks would have gone ahead one hour from the last Friday of April. Daylight saving time was first adopted in 1988 as a way to reduce electricity consumption. The ministry of electricity and energy has submitted a study to the Cabinet revealing that implementing daylight saving time has no impact in this regard. In Egypt the standard time is GMT (UTC) + 2 and during the Daylight Saving Time, Egypt is GMT + 3. The DST used to start at midnight on the last Thursday of April and ends on the last Thursday of September. Alexandria National Museum has been reopened again for public. Giza Pyramids Sound & Light timing has been changed starting from May 2011 to be 1st performance at 19:30.


      CONRAD CAIRO Celebrates Conrad Hotels & Resorts 25th Anniversary in 2011 with Complimentary Night Offer

      This year marks the 25th anniversary for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, one of global luxury brands. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the brand will offer a series of special celebrations throughout 2011. Beginning with the Conrad 25th Anniversary offer, guests are afforded the opportunity to book spring vacations or weekend getaways and receive one complimentary night based on a minimum night stay at one of premier city hotels and exclusive resort destinations. Travelers must take advantage of the offer by June 12, 2011 for travel now through June 30, 2011. At Conrad Cairo, guests will receive an extra night based on a minimum consecutive two-night stay. Travelers may also book the Conrad 25th Anniversary offer at the brand’s other hotels and resorts. Beginning with just one hotel, which had a grand opening in February 1986, Conrad Hotels & Resorts now has a global footprint with 16 hotels and resorts in key cities and resort destinations. Over the next two years the brand will double its size further enhancing its presence in Asia as well as in key markets, such as New York, Algarve, Portugal and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. For additional information, please visit www.conradhotels.com/25. Advance reservations are required to take advantage of the





      Egypt Air getting back on course

      UGANDA (eTN) - A regular source at the Egypt Air Kampala office was excited over the weekend, telling news that the airline had just taken delivery of a 6th brand new Boeing B777-300ER, which was ordered four years ago. Instead of deferring delivery of the long-range jet, the airline took delivery via an international leasing company specialized in aircraft leases, an early indication that traffic levels have started to claw back, albeit slowly, to pre-crisis levels. Said the source: "We are happy to hear that we got a new aircraft. Here in Uganda we fly 3 times a week, and we are always hoping that eventually we can go daily from Entebbe to Cairo. We are a Star Alliance member, and our service levels are good; connections out of Cairo are growing to many new destinations. New modern aircraft also help us to compete favorably, and Uganda is also an important market for air freight to and from Egypt. Finally the crisis is over, and we are moving again so please tell the good news to everyone." Egypt Air flies into the region, also covering Kenya and Tanzania, although they recently halted their twice-a-week flight from Cairo to Juba. Traffic for MS came to a near standstill when Cairo was under curfew, and crews and ground staff were unable to make it to the airport for their flights, but as the situation in Egypt has started to normalize, so have traffic levels for Egypt Air. Happy landings for the new "bird," the crews, and the passengers flying in the future on this latest B777


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      An Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind (9-14 June 2012)

      Alexandria was for seven hundred years the greatest center of learning and culture in the ancient world, a brilliant crucible in which the civilizations of ancient Greece and Egypt intermingled and absorbed streams of wisdom from throughout the known world. The New York Open Center and the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (AlexMed) presents the international conference entitled “An Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind”, aiming to bring vividly to life the most influential center of culture and esoteric wisdom in antiquity, the authentic birthplace of the Western mind. The conference also includes expeditions to sacred sites in and around Alexandria, and evenings featuring cultural presentations of music and poetry





      Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities Denies Media Reports Minister: Cairo Museum will not promote US clothing line

      The Minister of State for Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, announced that the news published in the media about the use of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, to promote an American clothing line in his name remains unfounded. Dr. Hawass added that the photos used in the promotional campaign were taken October 7, 2010, in New York City at the King Tutankhamun exhibition, and complied with all safety measure requirements. Hawass asserted that none of the authentic antiquities were handled during the shoot, as they served only as background, while only replica pieces were used by the models. James Weber, the American photographer who took the photos, said in his interview with Danny Ramadan in the “Art in Revolution” Blog, that none of the authentic objects were touched in the shooting process and the chair and the bench used in some photos were replicas. Weber added that there was also some Photoshop involved in some of the images, such as the photo that shows a model with his foot against a wall, which appears to be decorated with hieroglyphic text. Weber also asserted that Dr. Hawass did not attend the shooting, which occurred in New York City. Dr. Hawass stated that Tutankhamun’s chair is one of the unique objects prohibited from travelling abroad in any exhibition. Hawass stated that by the terms of his agreement with the clothing production company, his profits from this line will be donated to the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo. A letter to Dr. Sherif Abul Naga, Director of the hospital, was sent to him by Dr. Hawass clarifying these arrangements.


      New archaeological sites to be opened

      In an effort to promote tourism in Egypt, new archaeological sites and tourist attractions will be inaugurated soon in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as well as Rashid and Taba. Zahi Hawass announced that a number of archaeological sites and museums will be opened soon, among them the hanging church of Old Cairo, a number of mosques in Rashid and Cairo, the Serapeum and ancient Egyptian tombs in Saqqara, the Suez national museum and the crocodile museum in the upper Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. The new sites which are planned to open soon include: the Zaghloul mosque and six Islamic houses in Rashid; the Salaheddin citadel in Taba; the mosque of Sidi Galal in Meniya; the Al-Mansour and Qalawoun complexes in El-Muizz street; and the mosque of Prince Soliman known as the hanging mosque.




      Giant statue of Amenhotep III unearthed – again

      Archaeologists unearthed one of the largest statues found to date of Amenhotep III at his mortuary temple in Luxor.

      The 13 meter (42 foot) tall statue was one of a pair that flanked the northern entrance to the grand funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile that is currently the focus of a major excavation. Archaeologists expect to find its twin in the next digging season.

      The statue consists of seven large quartzite blocks and still lacks the head. It was actually first discovered in the 1928 and then rehidden, according to the press release from Egypt’s antiquities authority.

       



      Ancient graffiti on temple walls ascribed to Coptic nuns

      A new research project led by Professor Jennifer Westerfeld, of the University of Louisville, is taking a look at a unique set of graffiti scribbled onto the walls of the 3,200 year old Egyptian temple at Abydos built by Seti I. Westerfeld believes that a community of nuns contributed to this defacement, writing on its walls around 1,500 years ago. Coptic is the Egyptian branch of Christianity and became widely practiced after the religious reforms of the Roman emperor Constantine in the early 4th century AD. Westerfeld said that a find like this, if validated, is unprecedented.

       


      Restorin g The Journey Reviving travel to Jordan and Egypt

      LEXINGTON, Kentucky — On April 22, a delegation of US travel leaders will embark on “Restoring the Journey: Support Travel to Egypt and Jordan,” a six-day visit of the tourism infrastructure of Egypt and Jordan. These leaders within the United States travel industry are undertaking a major project to support their colleagues in Jordan and Egypt, where earlier political reform has reduced the normal torrent of tourists to a trickle. They are on a mission to review the region’s timeless appeal and assess current travel conditions. The delegation includes leaders of top outbound-producing travel associations — NTA, United States Tour Operators Association, American Society of Travel Agents, and Adventure Travel Trade Association — along with tour operators and travel journalists, including a representative of the Society of American Travel Writers. The trip provides an avenue for industry leaders to reach out to the region, according to Lisa Simon, president of NTA. “Together with our partners, the Egyptian Tourist Authority, Jordan Tourism Board, and USTOA, we determined the best way to show that the tourism industry cares is to go there,” said Simon, “We want to see the destinations for ourselves, meet with Egyptian and Jordanian tourism officials, and then share our story when we return.” “Restoring the Journey” is conducted in partnership with the tourism ministries of Egypt and Jordan. The trip will include visits to popular sites in the two countries, including the Pyramids at Giza; the Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square in Egypt; and the Citadel, the Archeology Museum, and the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Weeks of civil turmoil in Egypt this winter changed the nation, but they also changed the travel plans of thousands around the world. And while order has been restored, curfews lifted, and travel restrictions eased, tourism to Egypt has not recovered. As a result, Jordan and other nearby countries have also suffered. The delegation hopes to bring back tourists, and with them, jobs for the region and business for US travel professionals, said Terry Dale, USTOA president. “We want to assist the 2 million Egyptians who work in tourism-related jobs, and we seek to minimize the impact of recent events on travel to neighboring Jordan,” Dale said, “In doing so, we hope also to restore business for US tour operators and travel agents.” Malia Asfour, director of the Jordan Tourism Board, agrees. “US travelers are vital to our economy, and the decline in tourism is hurting our people,” she said, “Members of this delegation will experience true hospitality at its best while visiting some of Jordan’s iconic sites including the world wonder of Petra.” Tourism officials from Egypt also welcome the delegation. “When travel industry leaders came to us with this idea, we welcomed it immediately,” said Mohamed Hegazy of the Egyptian Tourism Authority in New York, “Our aim is to show the new version of Egypt — a new society and a new people — in addition to our rich heritage.” Simon added, this project is not the first time travel associations have responded to situations where tourism — and the people who conduct it — were affected by external events. “When travel professionals and the regions they serve are threatened, we feel compelled to respond,” she said, “We are all together in this industry”.


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  • 31/03/2011 - April 2011

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      Word of wisdom of the month

      " If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself"

       

       

      Last update

      Egypt Curfew is now from 02:00 AM to 05:00 AM.

       

      • Edfu Temple Visit

      Owing to a dispute taking place between the management and drivers at Edfu temple some agents are still unable to include this excursion as part of any itinerary. Currently all transport other than the calaches (horse drawn carriages) are unable to operate and as a responsible tour operator this mode of transport does not meet our Health and Safety recommendations. An alternative excursion has been offered in place of the Edfu visit which is whether Kalabsha temple, Nubian village in Aswan or Luxor Museum.


      EGYPT’S SPEEDY RECOVERY

      Recent political upheavals in Egypt caused many skeptics to predict its path to recovery was going to be a very slow one. However, most current reports suggest the exact opposite. Tourism is a major source of income for Egyptian economy accounting for some 11.5% of annual GDP. Apart from the obvious profits, the industry creates thousands of jobs and new opportunities. When the people of Egypt decided to challenge President Mubarak, it became very clear the holiday season in Egypt was over. The revolution resulted in the fall of the then government and skeptics estimated a rather slow economic recovery. However, these dim predictions seem to have been proven wrong already. For several weeks, the ancient monuments and sites which are the major draws for tourists were closed. Tourist traffic was frozen and many airline and tour operators put their local services on hold in order to prevent any problems. On the other hand, many holiday resorts remained peaceful and unaffected thanks to the distance from the main political centers. As the situation continues to calm down, tourists are slowly returning, keen to explore the ancient riches. The flow is still severely affected and for example the Valley of Kings in Luxor, used to a pressuring 20,000 visitors a day deals with only a fraction of this number now. On the other hand, many who come praise the fact they do not have to share their experience with many others, which makes their visit a very special one. The country has suffered badly, with as much as 95% drop of room bookings in some cases, however, business is increasing rapidly. Cancellations are minimal and in order to increase profits, tour operators are competing to offer cost-effective and discounted packages for the near future. Some countries like Russia are to lift the travel ban in early April and hopefully, tourists will start coming back soon.


      Egypt stock exchange reopens, shows strength

      Egypt’s stock exchange surged by about 5 percent early Sunday as investors previously cautious about its nearly two-month closure returned to the market and began reversing the earlier losses. The EGX30 was trading up almost 5 percent, to 5,198 points, by 11:15 a.m. local time. The EGX100 was up almost 7 percent. Gains were registered across almost all sectors, with many shares trading at or near their 10 percent upper limit. Mobile phone service provider Mobinil was up 9.9 percent, at 136.91 pounds, according to Zawya.com, a financial data provider. Electronics manufacturer Olympic Group was up the same, trading at 32.92 pounds, while Commercial International Bank, the country’s largest lender, was up 7.3 percent at 3.93 pounds.


      The Egyptian Museum Restaurant

      A new five star restaurant affiliated to Misr Travel has been recently opened in the amazing area of The Egyptian Museum. This restaurant is divided into an air-conditioned restaurant and its capacity is up to 90 pax. The open-air restaurant and its capacity is more than 200 pax.

       


      Management company cancels Grand Hyatt Cairo contract

      For several weeks Hyatt International has been attempting resolution of its management contract through a series of urgent communications with the hotel owner of Grand Hyatt Cairo, Saudi Egyptian Touristic Development Company. Regrettably, resolution of the disputes has not been possible and Hyatt has chosen to terminate the contract. “It is unfortunate that the contractual disputes have not been resolved, forcing us to exit this property, but this does not diminish how important Egypt is and will remain to the Hyatt brand,” said Gebhard Rainer, managing director, Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC. “We will continue to operate two Hyatt hotels in Egypt and are interested in pursuing new development opportunities there.” The Saudi Egyptian Touristic Development Company has been notified of Hyatt’s exit, effective immediately, due to the contract termination. Hyatt will no longer be involved in the management of the hotel and the owner will no longer be permitted to use the Hyatt brand. Hyatt began managing Grand Hyatt Cairo in August 2003. Hyatt currently provides management services for two Hyatt Regency hotels in the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Taba Heights, both of which are owned by entities unassociated with the Grand Hyatt Cairo and are not affected by this action. Guests who have made reservations at Grand Hyatt Cairo through hyatt.com or the Hyatt reservation center should contact the hotel directly to confirm booking. Hyatt Gold Passport members will no longer be able to receive points or redeem points for stays at the hotel.


      Bibliotheca Alexandrina Designing a Memorial for the Martyrs of the 25th of January— Artistic Competition

      The BA announces a competition to design a freestanding memorial for the martyrs of the 25th of January. Individual Artists, groups or institutions are welcome to submit designs that express – in a contemporary artistic form – the principles and spirit of the Revolution considering the role of the BA. Applicants should design a freestanding memorial (bas-relief) to be placed at the BA Plaza, next to the Conference Center Entrance. Artists are free to use any natural material that is suitable to the natural and architectural surrounding. Deadline for receiving applications is 15 April 2011.

      • The Second Used Books Festival at the BA.
      • The BA organizes the Second Used Books Festival from 10 to 24 April 2011, with the aim to provide readers with used books amidst the increase in books prices and the rising demand on rare books.
      • The Festival features out-of-print books, that are no longer available in bookshops. A special pavilion will be dedicated for Sour El-Azbakia in Cairo, and the Nabi Daniel kiosks in Alexandria.

      The BA will also offer a special discount on its publications in Arabic, English and French in different fields

      • An Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind (12-17 June 2011)

      Alexandria was for seven hundred years the greatest center of learning and culture in the ancient world, a brilliant crucible in which the civilizations of ancient Greece and Egypt intermingled and absorbed streams of wisdom from throughout the known world. The New York Open Center and the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (AlexMed) presents the international conference entitled “An Esoteric Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Birthplace of the Western Mind” from 12 to 17 June 2011. The Conference aims to bring vividly to life the most influential center of culture and esoteric wisdom in antiquity, the authentic birthplace of the Western mind. The conference also includes expeditions to sacred sites in and around Alexandria, and evenings featuring cultural presentations of music and poetry.

       


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      World Travel Awards places faith in swift Egyptian tourism recovery

      World Travel Awards has announced its continued support for tourism in Egypt by renewing plans to host its Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony in Sharm el Sheikh on September 16, 2011. In the wake of the recent political upheaval, World Travel Awards is also urging the travel trade and holidaymakers alike to follow suit by supporting Egypt’s tourism industry and Sharm el Sheikh in particular. Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards, predicts that the quality of Egypt’s attractions will lead to a swift recovery of its travel and tourism economy. “World-class destinations have an incredible ability to bounce back from adversity. In the last 18 months alone, you only have to look at how Thailand and Mexico have recovered so quickly from crises. Egypt, too, is a remarkably resilient destination, boasting an incredible array of attractions from the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor to the spectacular diving and beaches of the Red Sea.” “This will be first time that World Travel Awards hosts an event in Egypt, reflecting the huge strides its hospitality industry has made to compliment its natural wonders. Tourism has become the lifeblood of the Egyptian economy, accounting for one out of every eight jobs, drawing 14.7 million overseas visitors a year, and representing 11 percent of the nation’s output,” he added. “We hope that our decision to support Egypt by continuing with the scheduled World Travel Awards event will contribute to a fast tourism recovery. We are confident that Sharm el Sheikh will prove an excellent host of our event.” By early March, travel warnings had been either complete or partially rescinded in all major markets - including the United States, Great Britain, and across much of Europe – as the situation in Egypt continues to return to normality. Emad Aziz, Chairman of Savoy Sharm el Sheikh said: “I am honored that World Travel Awards is hosting its 2011 Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony at The Savoy, Sharm-El-Sheikh. It will provide a great opportunity to showcase the attractions and facilities of our beautiful region to the travel and tourism world. “Sharm el Sheikh is called the City of Peace. We remain fully up and running, and welcoming our guests as usual. Our region offers a wealth of incredible attractions on our doorstep, all in a laid-back desert atmosphere. Sharm also serves as an ideal base to discover the ancient treasures of Luxor and Cairo.” World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony will take place on September 16, 2011 at Savoy Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

      • Nancy Ajram headlines World Travel Awards

      The renowned Lebanese singer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Nancy Ajram is headlining the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony on Monday, May 3 at The Address Dubai Marina. One of the best female singers in the Middle East today, she sold more than two million records by 2007, ranking third best selling female artist in Lebanese history. She has released seven studio albums to date.






      Ban urges Egypt to serve as inspiration for Arab world

      A successful transition in Egypt towards greater democracy can inspire the rest of the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said , urging the country to continue with its recent reforms by holding fair and transparent elections soon, upholding the rights of women and minorities and encouraging the development of a free press. The Secretary-General held talks in Cairo with many senior officials, including Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby. "Egypt's success will be first and foremost for Egyptians to decide and share, but, given the country's standing in the world, a successful transition can inspire the rest of the world." Popular protests have swept North Africa and the Middle East in recent months and the long-term regime in Tunisia also fell earlier this year. Mr. Ban said "we are at a historic moment. Democracy is on the march across the Arab world, and the United Nations stands ready always to work together with the Egyptian Government and people for a better world and better region here." The Secretary-General said the UN was able to assist Egypt with its social and economic development, including the promotion of further tourism, as well as technical support for elections expected to be held later this year.



      Web catching clients for agents, ASTA says

      Travel agencies in the U.S. are finding that having an online presence is becoming increasingly important to the bottom line of their business. In its 2010 Technology and Web Usage report, ASTA found that travel agencies have begun to see strong value in their web sites, with an average of 27% of client requests coming through their site, representing 18% of all agency revenues. ASTA’s survey looks at online booking revenue, Internet usage, Web 2.0 marketing and web site development from the retailer’s point of view. The survey also looks closely at how agencies use the Web for supplier research and booking. Chris Russo, ASTA’s president and chairman, observed that “travel agents are very adept at using the Internet for research, gathering travel industry information and for booking travel and today, many are also using the Internet and some form of social media for marketing.” Russo added that “rather than being pushed out of business by the Internet, as many had predicted, travel agents have embraced it and are leveraging its power to enhance their operations.”

       


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  • 14/03/2011 - ITB BERLIN

    • Egyptian Tourism Minister Blasts Ex-Regime’s “Cronies”, Liberalisation Policies


      IMTIAZ MUQBIL
      ITB BERLIN: Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has blasted the “extreme” economic liberalisation and privatisation policies of the ousted Hosni Mubarak government, saying they had failed to address the country’s glaring rich-poor income gap. Although he did not elaborate on what the present government will do to fix that, his remarks will resonate in many other countries going down the neoliberal liberalisation path, with tourism as a primary target. The new government has already put the deregulation and privatisation plans on hold.
      Mr Abdel Nour was speaking at the Egyptian Press conference on March 10, one of many public events held by Egypt and Tunisia, the two flavours-of-the-month countries, which are making full use of the world’s biggest trade show to brandish their new free and democratic political credentials and make a strong pitch for a quick return of visitors.
      Both ministers appeared jointly at a press conference by the UN World Tourism Organisation to convey this message, and then elaborated on their own plans and policies in individual events. The Egyptian media event was a particular hit. The press conference room, which can host about 120 people, was packed out and, for the first time that this editor has seen in 25 years of covering ITB, special video screens were set up outside to help media watch the proceedings. All told, it was a far cry from the old days when Egyptian tourism was repeatedly on the defensive as it mounted recovery and crisis-management plans following terrorist attacks.
      Both Mr Abdel Nour and the Tourism Minister of Tunisia, Mr Mehdi Houas, highlighted their countries’ historic heritage to underscore the importance of the changes taking place. They noted that positive awareness of their countries is at an all-time high, and that the hotels and airlines, tourist sites and attractions, are all open for business. Both depend on Europe for a large percentage of their visitors and are seeking to reassure their tour operator and other partners that while much has changed, and is changing in their countries, the tourism partnerships will remain in place.
      BUSINESS BACKGROUND
      Their own personal positions epitomise the changes. Mr Abdel Nour, 66, is a Cairo-born politician, banker and businessman with a degree from the American University in Cairo. A Coptic Christian, he told the press conference that he himself had been among the demonstrators at Tahrir Square for three days in a row. Although his predecessor, Mohammed Zoheir Garanah, is facing allegations of corruption, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Hisham Za’azou, has been brought back as first assistant to the new Minister. Mr Za’azou told this editor that he too had been among the demonstrators.
      BRANDING CHANGES
      Egypt, according to a media release, has buttressed the existing slogan, “Egypt – Where It All Begins” with new slogans and branding images that refer to the peaceful revolution, the sense of public pride and energy. Some of them read, “The online revolution–made in Egypt”, “TAHRIR – a square that rocks the world” and “ Welcome to the country of peaceful revolution.” A postal stamp has been printed commemorating the date January 25, 2011, when the revolution started. A special poster shows one of the prominent background buildings of Tahrir square with the words, “Tahrir Square, from Egypt with love.”
      At the Egypt press conference, Mr Abdel Nour, Mr Za’azou and the chairman of the Egyptian tourist authority, Mr Amr Elezabi, repeatedly stressed the uniqueness of visiting Egypt at this particular time. Mr Elezabi said this time it would not just be a regular visit but a “human experience” to be in the country and enjoy the thrill of being nearly all alone in a site such the Temples of Karnak which at any given time can be crowded by 10,000 visitors a day.
      The Egyptians noted that the country got 14.7 million visitors last year. In January, thanks to the pre-revolution arrivals, the country got 1.2 million visitors. Under normal circumstances, Egypt’s tourism records an average length of stay of nine days and an average daily expenditure of $85 a day. Hence, the virtually overnight collapse in the number of visitors during the Revolution period had done huge economic damage.
      The country gets 80% of its total visitors from tour operators, including 70% via charters to the Red Sea resorts. Although reviving this mass-market is a key priority for bread-and-butter reasons, new opportunities are being sought to develop visitors from Asia (especially India and China) and Latin America and build on the huge consumer awareness to get more direct bookings.
      Mr Za’azou said the MICE sector had naturally been very badly affected but there are strong signs that it was beginning to come back. He said there is a plan to open an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in addition to the existing office in Mumbai, India, but this is now subject to budgetary approval.
      A hotelier with a Steigenberger property in the Red Sea said they had 90% occupancy in 2010 and are now back to 40% this month and 45% on the books for April and are projecting 70% later this year. “At no time that I can say that any of our customers or expatriates were scared during this time. Actually I take off my hat off to the Egyptian employees. They took more care of the guests. I invite any of the guests to come back. It’s peaceful.”
      CRONIES
      Although most questions during the Press conference related to the “new, improved” Egypt, some related to the safety and security issue, as well as the future of former businessmen associates of Mr Gamal Mubarak, the son of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, and the military, both of which were known to have strong links to the travel and tourism industry.
      In reply, Mr Abdel Nour did not mince any words. He said, “Gamal Mubarak was surrounded by cronies, not businessmen. There is a difference.” He indicated that the military’s involvement in business affairs would be downgraded so that it could relinquish power to a freely elected government and remain focused on its traditional role, viz., to defend the country. “As for the cronies, they are being investigated…” Mr Abdel Nour said.
      In the same context, he blasted the economic liberalisation policies of which tourism had been very much a part, with the “cronies” being major beneficiaries. These policies, he said, may have been okay for the United States but were not appropriate for Egypt.
      “Our big problem, and you have to know that, the extreme liberal policies that were executed by the ex-regime had terrible, terrible repercussions on the social structure of the population. The huge difference between income and wealth, between the rich enjoying a very, very lavish standard of living, and living in high-standard gated communities, and 42% of the Egyptian population living on less than two dollars a day, deprived of the bare minimum, was not acceptable. It was unsustainable.
      “I’m not criticising the extreme liberal policies without justification. They were thinking that those policies would have a trickle-down effect and what profits that were made on top would eventually go down. That never happened. The differences were ever increasing. The result is that it blew up.
      “It blew up in a peaceful manner, in an intelligent manner, with the use of the technologies of the second decade of the 21st century. It is an intelligent, technical revolution made by a very ambitious youth that is clearly looking to build up a new, democratic, free, fair and equitable and secular society.”
      PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE
      One German journalist pressed the safety issue, in the light of an isolated sectarian clash on March 9. He wanted to know how safe Christians are in Egypt and whether “there is any animosity by the Muslims against the Christians.” The minister replied by noting that he himself is a Christian. “I am not facing any aggression from anyone here.” To which the reporter retorted, “You are not in Egypt.” Mr Abdel Nour ignored that. This was his response:
      “When I was saying that I am very lucky to be here to answer questions and to put things into perspective this (question) is a point in case. Sir, let me remind you that the demonstrations were taking place in Tahrir square every Friday and Friday prayers (were being observed there). And those who were sheltering (those praying) were Christians. To describe the spirit of Tahrir Square and to describe the spirit of the revolution, they decided to have a demonstration on Sunday, to have Christians do a mass on Sunday in Tahrir Square. This was defended by the Muslim youth. Any attempt to disrupt the national unity in Egypt will be severely punished.
      “What happened yesterday unfortunately is the doing of a minority within Egypt who does not want this revolution to succeed. I repeat, a very, very small minority. Next Friday, I invite you and your people to film what is happening in Tahrir Square, where Christians and Muslims, where Egyptians regardless of their religious affiliation, will go down to Tahrir Square, to show their determination to preserve the national unity in Egypt. We want to build a fair, secular equitable, democratic country where there is no difference between an Egyptian and his brother due to difference in religion or for any other ethnic reason. What has happened yesterday is only an exception. We are adamant to preserve the national unity of the Egyptian people, and maintain the spirit of the Tahrir Square.”
      The Minister won a round of applause for his remarks.


         

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  • 13/03/2011 - Egyptian SOLIDARITY

    • Dear colleagues

      Since things have calmed down and Egyptian daily routine remain quiet we have decided to send you our news letter on monthly basis as per our original system starting from the coming issue and will try to include as much as possible in our letter to keep you informed and updated of what is going on in Egypt and the developments since the Egyptian revolution. Actually few incidents took place in the past few days and we are sure that most of you knew already about it but we thought it's better to include as much info so you all be aware of all circumstances.


       

      Incident between Christians and Muslims

      You can’t separate the Muslims from the Christians here, just as you can’t separate the blood from water in veins."This is the slogan of the past week in Egypt. Last week has witnessed some active actions in Egypt. After a church was partially burned and demolished last Friday in the village of Sol in Atfeeh, Helwan, thousands of residents attended a conference on Wednesday to strengthen solidarity between the village’s Muslim and Christian communities.

       Last Friday, the discovery of a relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman ignited fights between the two families that led to the death of two Muslims. Angry youth then headed towards Shahedain (Two Martyrs) Church and partially demolished it in revenge.

       The incident triggered large Coptic demonstrations in Cairo throughout the week that led to clashes on Tuesday resulting in at least ten deaths and over 100 injuries. Some observers fear that Egypt’s infamous State Security may have instigated the recent wave of sectarian strife in order to distract protesters who are demanding that State Security be dismantled.

       During the conference, Muslim and Christian attendees chanted, “Muslim and Christian, we are united as one,” and Christian residents denied having been attacked and forced to leave the village after the church incident. The Christian residents of the village, claimed that the Sol’s Copts remain at home and operating their businesses as usual. The only Christians who fled the village, he said, were a few fearful women and children who left after witnessing the church incident. Muslims attending the conference said they had tried to protect the homes of their Christian neighbors after the church attack.

       In a further attempt to de-escalate the situation, Muslim clerics Mohamed Hassan and Safwat Hegazy addressed the crowd. They stressed that Islam calls for equality between people of all religions and warned that sectarian tension endangers the success of the revolution.

       “Egypt has enemies in the inside and the outside who are planning against it, and the only way that they can succeed is by creating sectarian tension,” said Hassan.              
       
       “Egypt will always remain a safe land for all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians alike,” Hegazy said, urging the crowd not to waste the blood of the martyrs by turning against each other.

       The conference was also attended by Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Beltagy, activist George Ishaq, political researcher Amr Hamzawy and representatives from the Youth of the Revolution Coalition.

       Even though most of the attendees at the conference seemed to demonstrate solidarity with their neighbors


      Tahrir square and the return of the police forces

      Police forces returned on Wednesday to Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time in 40 days. People in Egypt have the feeling that a new era will start between the police and Egyptian people which will be based on respect and understanding after being assured by the interior minister that we should all work for the benefit of Egypt. This claim is considered a relief especially when a number of police officers, as well as plainclothes, armed security agents appeared in the area Wednesday, hours after interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf announced his decision to speed up the full return of police forces. The military on Wednesday dispersed the sit-in in Tahrir Square and removed tents erected by the protesters.


      Tourism started to come back

      It has been much relief that tourism in Egypt is starting to be back to normal as mentioned by Tourism Ministry Deputy Ahmed Atteya revealed an increase hotel occupancy rates from 5 percent to 25 percent over the past two weeks. also the Nile cruises are back & two of Traveline fleet are in operation M/S Drakoum and S/S Misr and we are expecting a good traffic specially that after many countries have lifted any warning or restrictions about traveling to Egypt & unfortunately we still have an issue with the Edfu visit and we have to skip Edfu from the boat programs due to potential risk


       Egyptian daily life

      The schools, banks and shops are working normally. Students of universities are back to study as the Egyptians universities reopened on Saturday. the opening of the stock market was postponed and the latest news said they must open next week. Polices forces can be seen in the streets as normal


      Reports from the various Traveline offices

      Cairo

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      *Finally Tahrir square is empty form the protestors.

      *Last week the occupancy at the Pyramids area hotels ranging between 30% and 35%. *Security is much better this week.
      *We had over than 250 client in resort.
      *No one from our clients raised any negative point.

      Sharm 

      Acc ommodation
      All Traveline Egypt contracted hotels are in operation with low occupancy due to current political situation in Egypt. Hotels like Four Seasons running now 30 % ,Hyatt Regency 30 % ,Ritz Carlton 28%.. Some of the hotels are closing 1 or 2 of their outlets especially for the dining room due to low number of guests. Others are doing some refurbishments for their facilities.

      Nationalities In Resort

      Still British No 1 nationality in resort. Italians and Belgium back again, also there are some guests from Czech republic ,In addition to Scandinavians guests. Ukrainians arrived yesterday with < Pegas > big tour operator in Sharm, Russians are expected to be back within the coming days. Other nationalities are expected to be back soon ,will keep you posted.

      Airport & Security

      Sharm El Sheikh International airport working with no problems ,security are in place.. very quiet though! Flights still operating from all regional airport in the UK into Sharm El Sheikh with no cancellation such as <Thomson Fly, Thomas Cook, Easy Jet, Monarch> Jet 2 stopped their flights into Sharm El Sheikh for 1 year with cancellation for all further booking!
      Security in general is good now, some of the check points got police and military together.

      Transportation

      Public mini buses and taxis still the main means of transportation in resort ,no problems at all with fuel supplies.

      Excursions

      All tour operators in resort started the over day trips through charter flight to Cairo and Luxor. Also Petra and Jerusalem.
      Rest of excursions and activities in Sharm El Sheikh still running with no cancellation. As per the governor of South Sinai decree ,Starting from 22nd of Feb 2011 all diving activities can be organized from the beach of hotels, That means back to normal as it was before Shark attacks.


      Any other Issues

      -No protestors gathering in any areas, everybody is engaged in their work as normal.
      -Guests are enjoying our sunny resort.
      -Banks in hotels are back to work with normal opening and closure hours.
      -Kiroseiz hotel has arranged a party and invited all travel agents dealing with British market and they call the day <Freedom day>.
      -Soho Square starting from the 1st of March and every Tuesday in organizing <Soho night> with free drink & free stage show, they inviting Guests and residents too.
      -Albatros group has arranged a night <we love Egypt> Friday the 4th of Mar 2011.

      Hurghada

      Just to keep you updated . Hurghada Airport received on Sunday 50 Aircraft from Various European Countries Except Russia.
      -Last Week Marsa Alam Airport Received 26 Aircraft Coming from Several European Countries (Italy- England-Belgium Holland France ,German ).
      -Thomas cook Airlines add 2 more flights which operates from 2 different airports (Glasgow-HRG)East Midland- HRG) in addition to (LGW/Man/ Birmingham)
      -Building work taking place in Sheraton road down town for Replacing some infrastructure pipes
      -We have been informed that Russian airlines will start operating on 19 of March
      -All hotels ,restaurants, bars &Cafés are now normally in operation
      -police elements are in everywhere in our resort LUXOR 1

      1-Demonstartion

      -No demonstrations took place in Luxor
      -Employees of some organizations/institutions had their individual demands; Winter Palace employees and Lotus Hotel employees had a stand each in front of their hotel demanding raising their salaries.

       

      2-Sights:

      -Luxor and Mummification museums are still opened for one shift only; from 9:00 to 15:00. The rest of sights are open normally.
      -Cruises started 7-Mar-11 will visit Edfu Temple by Carriages.

      3-Security in general:

      -The daily life in Luxor is normal. The army tanks and few army troopers are still located in front of the Government and the winter palace hotel.

      Aswan

      All our clints did visit edfu temple by Cart horse this week ( 07/03 -14/03/2011) Everything gone safe & quite at ASWAN Abs air by Egypt air 18 pax Abs by road 109 pax


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  • 03/03/2011 - Egypt Back On Track

    • The Egyptian revolution of 25 January,2011 raised a slogan supported by all Egyptians regardless of their political and intellectual leanings .They called for "a modern civil state" characterized by" freedom, social justice and human dignity."The goals were clear ,no authoritarianism, no military and no religious rules.

      Egyptians are very much aware that Egypt is currently overhauling its political and democratic systems with the purpose of deepening democracy, promoting freedom, upholding law and advocating respect of human rights .So, Egyptians are working hardly to achieve their goals and at the same time to resume their life back to normal.

      On our way to regain our normal life ,Egypt's stock exchange ,closed since 27 January because of the protests that ousted Mubarak, has decided to reopen on Sunday 06 March.

      Moreover ,all of the banks are working with full capacity.

      General Motors Egypt announced that it plans to inject the Egyptian market with new investments worth us$175 million. According to Managing Director Rajeev Shaba, he still feels confident in Egypt's local economy. Moreover ,several Arab states and the European Union announced that they are ready to pump extra investments into post-revolutionary Egypt to help its economic revival.

      As for education, Egypt's education minister claimed the reopening of all the schools in Egypt which actually started working on last Saturday 26 February 2011.Whereas,all of the universities will resume on 06 March 2011.

      Having been optimistic regarding tourism in Egypt, wasn't just a feeling as the last week had witnessed the returning back of many tourists allover Egypt. Tourists have been seen back in the streets and sites walking safely and secured so Welcome Back to great Egypt.

      This is for the life in general and of course we have some issues to report such as the following issues

      Calaches drivers in Edfu

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      The calashes drivers in the city of Edfu have requested to stop the Edfu visit by buses and all customers must be transferred only by Calashes they even have raised their fees & unfortunately this was not accepted by the authorities concerned and there are talks now between the two parties and this resulted in all boat waiving the Edfu visit from their programs and offer another visit in Aswan as an alternative to Edfu visit till the situation is sorted

      Flights from UK

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      Egypt air has moved to replace the scheduled airline service from London to Sharm El Sheikh , the route which British Airways will suspended on May 2nd . Egypt air will operate twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays leaving Heathrow at 10.30 pm and arrive Sharm at 06.15 AM , return flights will depart Sharm at 05.00 PM and arrive at 09.15 PM , Egypt air will use a 156 seats 737-800 on the route.

      News from the new ministry of tourism

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      New tourism intitiatives : Oprah invited for a Tahrir Square

      Egypt's newly-appointed minister of tourism, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, announced he has invited a number of world famous actors and media figures to organize shows and entertainment at Cairo's Tahrir Square. They include Oprah Winfrey, the celebrated American media host.

      Abdel Nour made the announcement during a press conference on Saturday, also attended by Hussein Massoud, CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, and Amr al-Ezabi, director of the Egyptian Tourist Authority.

      The minister stressed that Egypt will not become a cheap tourist destination offering programs for low prices.

      He revealed he was going to invite young Facebook users to publicize Egypt's tourist destinations and to invite international visitors. He added that his ministry intends to take part in tourism exhibitions and conferences to promote Egypt among tourists, especially in light of the country's glamour after its successful pro-democracy revolution.

      Massoud, meanwhile, said Egypt Air plans to increase its flights to Italy, the first country to invite its citizens to revisit Egypt. By coincidence, Italy also happens to be the first destination to where Egypt Air flew in history.

      He noted that recently, 23 flights per week go to Rome, Milan and Catania, and said extra flights will be organized to all tourist destinations in Egypt starting 17 March.

      Below you will find the reports received from our various offices

      Cairo

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      *It is still quite at the hotels , but on the same time the tourist police still existing at the hotels .

      *IT is imperative if any tour more than five clients ,should be accompanied by a security guard.

      *From our side we are sending one of our reps to be with the clients during their tour for the clients’ security .

      *So far we don’t have any negative comments from our clients ,but on the contrary all of them are positive.

      *Our business is getting back to normal step by step.

      Luxor

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      1-Demonstartions

      -A peaceful demonstration took place on 26-Feb-11 supporting Luxor Security Director in front of his villa near to New Pola Hotel at Khalid Ebn El-Waleed streets.

      -Another one took place today in front of Azhar Institute – located in Khalid Ebn El-Waleed Street - calling for increasing the salaries.

      2-Sights

      -Luxor and Mummification museums are opened for one shift only; from 9:00 to 15:00. The rest of sights are open normally. They started relatively to be busy again especially after the international arrival on 23-Feb.

      -The carriages drivers in Edfu threatened that they would not allow any tourist vehicles to visit the temple and all tours to Edfu must be done by carriages only. All companies having cruises during last week replaced Edfu Temple with Kalabsha Temple visit.

      3-Security in general

      Nothing peculiar. The daily life in Luxor is normal. The army tanks and few army troopers are still located in front of the Government and the winter palace hotel.

      Aswan

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      Life is back to normal in all aspect &ABS by road normal convoy start again daily First convoy 4:am Second convoy 11:00 am

      Nile cruises start operating from today 28.2.2011.

      Sharm El Sheikh

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      Accommodation

      All Traveline Egypt contracted hotels are in operation with low occupancy due to current political situation in Egypt.

      Hotels like Four Seasons running now 30 % ,Hyatt Regency 40 % ,Ritz Carlton 42%..as you notice , occupancy increased from last week.

      Some of the hotels are closing 1 or 2 of their outlets especially for the dining room due to low number of guests.

      Others are doing some refurbishments for their facilities.

      Nationalities In Resort

      Still British No 1 nationality in resort.

      Belgium back again as of last Monday(22.Feb 2011),also there are some guests from Czech republic of course In addition to Arab and Egyptian.

      Ukrainians arrived yesterday with < Pegas > big tour operator in Sharm, Russians are expected to be back within the coming days.

      Other nationalities are expected to be back soon ,will keep you posted.

      Airport & Security

      Sharm El Sheikh International airport working with no problems ,security are in place.. very quiet though!

      Flights still operating from all regional airport in the UK into Sharm El Sheikh with no cancellation such as <Thomson Fly, Thomas Cook, Easy Jet, Monarch> Jet 2 stopped their flights into Sharm El Sheikh for 1 year with cancellation for all further booking!

      Security in general is ok, Police officers never pulled out as it was the case in rest of the country.

      Transportation

      Public mini buses and taxis still the main means of transportation in resort ,no problems at all with fuel & food supplies.

      Excursions

      All tour operators in resort will start the over day trips through charter flight next Wednesday 2nd of Mar 2011 to Cairo and Luxor.

      Rest of excursions and activities in Sharm El Sheikh still running with no cancellation.

      As per the governor of South Sinai decree ,Starting from 22nd of Feb 2011 all diving activities can be organized from the beach of hotels, That means back to normal as it was before Shark attacks.

      Any other Issues

      -No protestors gathering in any areas, everybody is engaged in their work as normal.

      -Guests are enjoying our sunny resort.

      -Banks in hotels are back to work with normal opening and closure hours.

      -Kiroseiz hotel has arranged a party and invited all travel agents dealing with British market and they call the day <Freedom day>.

      -Soho Square starting from tomorrow the 1st of March and every Tuesday in organizing <Soho night> with free drink & free stage show, they inviting Guests and residents too.

      -Sharm El Sheikh governorate has arranged yesterday a party <We love Egypt> many famous Egyptian actors and actresses also singers have participated ,lots of tourists and residents Were there in Naama Bay and Television was filming this big event.

      Hurghada

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      No NEW updates in our resort , HRG is very quiet and peaceful with no type of violence or sabotage taking place in the Red Sea Governorate (Hurghada /Maras Alma).

      All hotels , restaurant and shops were opened last week

      Police elements are now in everywhere in our resort and make it more secure

      Thomas Cook airlines will add 2 more flights which will operate from 2 different airports - (Glasgow-HRG / East Midlands-HRG), in addition to (LGW/Man/Birmingham).

      During the last week a lot of tourists arrived at our resort from England, Belgium and Poland, German, France although not many were seen in the surrounding areas or downtown as they are at their hotels.

      Russian Airlines Not started yet as per TEZ Tours.

      The road between HRG/LXR is operating normally now for one day trips/ transfers

      Hurghada is very secure and safe

      Alexandria

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      The current situation now in Alexandria is stable, no demonstrations.

      Regarding the sightseeing in Alexandria, kindly find working days & timings of different sightseeing as they started operating from Sunday 20th of Feb. except the National museum & Jewelry museum are still closed until further notice. Should you have any further inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.


       

      Eyewitness on Tahrir Square

       

      http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/02/25/travel/25tahrir.html


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  • 23/02/2011 - Come Back To Egypt

    •  

      Come Back To Egypt.....has become a unified slogan for the Egyptians calling for the return of tourists and expatriates to help the country in its transition. It's a call from Egyptian people to the tourists who used to visit Egypt for its civilization, to revisit it now to see not just the monuments ,but the people who changed the history in such a short time.

      In a very positive attempt from his side. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday became the first foreign leader to visit Egypt since the downfall of Mubarak & to be followed by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday to discuss the post-Mubarak era in which the army is running the country while setting up free elections to deliver civilian rule and democracy. Moreover, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini arrived in Cairo for a short visit that would last for hours Frattini will hold talks with members of The Supreme Council of Armed Forces to discuss developments in Egypt as well as ways to support Egypt.

      We are very optimistic that tourism will pick up very quickly as the tourists find out that the revolution is positive and peaceful. In the same issue, some foreign affairs offices of different countries have changed its travel restrictions to Egypt and new advice was issued with no restriction on travelling to Egypt. As the life has almost become back to normal, except from the curfew of midnight to 6 a.m. The banks are working normally. Some schools have reopened and resumed the education process whereas, the rest of schools and universities will reopen on Saturday 26 February and all life facilities are available without any shortage.

      Being very optimistic, Zahi Hawass, State Minister for Archaeologies, The Egyptian Museum is safe and secured. In response to accusations of contradictory statements on stolen pieces, Hawass mentioned that darkness has helped save The Egyptian Museum from a clear and present danger as thieves were after gold and red mercury. Another piece of good news, The Egyptian museum is opened Monday 21 Feb and Bibliotheca Alexandria will reopen on Tuesday.

      Below is the recent statement made by DR.HAWAS Egypt's newly appointed minister of antiquities: he hopes "tourists from around the world will soon return," Egypt's newly appointed minister of antiquities announced Thursday that tourist sites will reopen on Sunday 20/02. "All of the Pharaonic, Coptic, Islamic and modern sites" will reopen, said a statement from the Minister of Antiquities Affairs, Zahi Hawass. The decision was made after Hawass met with members of the ministry and the Antiquities and Tourism Police to discuss security measures.

      Last Friday all the travel agents and hotels organized a demonstration down town and they were calling the whole world in different languages to come back to Egypt & Traveline was represented in this great demonstration by more than 30 of our staff and our slogan was " walk like an Egyptian….with pride" .

       

              

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Traveline-Egypt/174311105939674

      As usual we have contacted our various offices in order to advise us re the situation so we can update you & we have received the following reports

      Cairo

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      *Kindly be informed that life is getting back to normal step by step , it has been noticed yesterday that the roads started to be crowded ,which reflecting the real life in Cairo

      *The hotels still very quiet .

      **It has been reported to us that the airport authority announced , it will be permitted to the representatives to meet the clients before the passport control which enable them to hand them the visa ,but We are not sure if the previous will be for a certain period or new system will be carried out from now on , anyway we shall keep you posted.

      *Egyptian museum is reopened since Monday 21 Feb which means all Egyptian sights in Cairo are in operation.

      Luxor

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      1-Demonstartions

      No demonstrations of any kind took place in Luxor. No strikes made by government or private companies employees.

      2-Sights

      Luxor and Mummification museums will open starting from tomorrow, 22-2-2011, for one shift only; from 9:00 to 15:00. The rest of sights are open normally.

      3-Security in general

      Nothing peculiar. The daily life in Luxor is normal. The army tanks and few army troopers are still located in front of the Government and the winter palace hotel.

      Aswan

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      • Everything is safe & quite in ASWAN

      • Sights are all opened

      • All police departments are in their duty & sighs safe & secured

      Hurghada

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      very quiet and peaceful with no type of violence or sabotage taking place in the Red Sea Governorate (Hurghada /Marsa Alam).

      During the last week some tourists arrived at our resort from England, Belgium and Poland, although not many were seen in the surrounding areas or downtown as they are at their hotels.

      Most of the English airlines are still operating, such as (Thomson, Thomas Cook UK, Thomas Cook Belgium, Easyjet, Jet 2.com).

      Starting from next week, Thomas Cook airlines will add 2 more flights which will operate from 2 different airports - (Glasgow-HRG / East Midlands-HRG), in addition to (LGW/Man/Birmingham).

      Russian Airlines will start to operate again on 28 of Feb as per TEZ Tours.

      Latvian & Lithuanian Airlines will start to operate again on 12 of March.

      The road between HRG/LXR is operating normally now for one day trips/ transfers.

      Hurghada is very secure and safe.

      Sharm El Sheikh

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      Accommodation

      All Traveline Egypt contracted hotels are in operation with low occupancy due to current political situation in Egypt.

      Hotels like Four Seasons running now 20 % ,Hyatt Regency 30 % ,Ritz Carlton 32%..

      Some of the hotels are closing 1 or 2 of their outlets especially for the dining room due to low number of guests.

      Nationalities In Resort

      All Irish guests have been repatriated with no further arrival to date.

      The UK FCO advice is that Red Sea and Sharm El Sheikh is safe to travel to, however all other nationalities have left with no new arrival!

      Belgium will start to come back as of today Monday(22.Feb 2011),also there are some guests from Czech republic of course In addition to British, Arab and Egyptian.

      Other nationalities are expected to be back soon.

      Airport & Security

      Sharm El Sheikh International airport working with no problems ,security are in place.. very quiet though!

      Flights still operating from all regional airport in the UK into Sharm El Sheikh with no cancellation such as <Thomson Fly, Thomas Cook, Easy Jet, Monarch, Jet 2>

      Security in general is ok, Police officers never pulled out as it was the case in rest of the country.

      Transportation

      Public mini buses and taxis still the main means of transportation in resort ,no problems at all with fuel supplies ,which was with the beginning of the protest.

      Excursions

      Diving is now allowed back with out any restrictions.

      Excursions will be operated as normal specially now that all Egyptian sights are opened and no more restrictions for traveling to Cairo and upper Egypt.

      Any other Issues

      -No protestors gathering in any areas, everybody is engaged in their work as normal even after President Mubarak arrived.

      -Guests are enjoying our sunny resort none of our clients preferred to go home as this was offered when reps met them for a welcome briefing.

      -Banks in hotels are back to work with normal opening and closure hours.

      -Soho square ,the new entertainment place by Savoy hotel is organizing a party for British guests in resort ,Thomson and Thomas Cook arranging a transport to the site.

      -Some hotels are sponsored with Savoy and arranging gifts to guests.

      Alexandria

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      Life is back to normal in Alexandria & all sights are reopened again except national museum and Jewelry museum

      All looks good and we are hoping that all our colleagues abroad will be enthusiastic to sell the land of the pharaohs

      Thank you 

        


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  • 16/02/2011 - Situation in Egypt after the revolution success

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      It is absolutely clear that Egypt is witnessing history unfold, it is at a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change. The Egyptian revolution has almost ended up after 18 days started from 25 January till the announcement of the stepping down of Mubarak on 11 February. The armed forces' statement announced that Egypt will continue to abide by all its international treaties. Moreover, the armed forces has declared the suspension of the constitution and the dissolution of both houses of parliament. After the army triumphs for the people and the announcement of these political movements have satisfied the Egyptian people which led consequently to the evacuation of Tahrir square from the protesters except of those who are staying to clean the square and other minor protesting for those who seek for the uprising of the financial sector against corruption and the army made it clear that they should go home and make their demands through the legal channels.The army, In a positive step, announced the curfew of 12.00 midnight to 06.00 A.M. As the army wants to restore calm, therefore ,most of the banks resumed their activities with working hours for the customers from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. The exchange stock market will resume on Sunday 20 February. The schools will resume on Saturday 26 February. Most of the shops and restaurants have already reopened .The hotels are working as usual and being secured by the army and police as the rest of the vital establishments in Egypt & police forces are back to streets to organize the traffic and take their normal positions everywhere That's why we expect a quick returning back to normal for life in Egypt. We are confident in saying that Egypt has gained more respect from the people all over the world and their leaders.

      As there is a bright side for the revolution there is also a a dark side .Dr. Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, announced that the staff of the database department at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo has given him their report on the inventory of objects at the museum following the break in. Sadly, he said, they have found out objects are missing from the museum. The objects missing are a gilded wood statue of the 18th Dynasty king Tutankhamun"1336-1327 BC" being carried by a goddess; a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning. Only the torso and upper limbs of the king are missing from this object; a limestone statue of Akhenaten holding an offering table; a statue of Nefertiti making offerings; a sandstone head of an Amarna princess; a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna; eleven wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya; and a Heart Scarab of Yuya.

      We have asked our various offices to update us with the situation in order to keep you updated with the situation in Egypt in general & reports reads as follows

      Hurghada

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      Demonstration

      As you are aware that Hurghada is center point in the Red Sea Governorate where we do have local people live & work here.... during the last events in Egypt nothing happened to be mentioned all people were very quiet and keep watching the news, No exists of any types of violence or sabotage were taking place in the Red Sea Governorate in General (Hurghada /Marsa alam/Safga/El Qusir) all those cities had a peaceful demonstration for one day the 25th of January.

      closure of sights

      Trips in the Red sea still run but due to the few Number of tourists the trips not run often or in regular basis (Mahmya/Giftun island /BBQ&super Safari/ sea scope ).

      As per Egyptian travel agents association and tourist police the road transfer from (Hrg - Lxr & Hrg - Cai) are operating BUT over day trip are not till further notice .

      security in general

      All police departments are in their duty... all cities belongs to the Red Sea Governorate are very secure and quiet.

      Sharm El Sheikh

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      Accommodation

      All Traveline Egypt contracted hotels are in operation with low occupancy , Hotel like Hyatt Regency running 14% ,Ritz Carlton 13%, being only 1 nationality in resort <British>. All Irish guests have been repatriated with no further arrival to date. The FCO advice is that Red Sea and Sharm El Sheikh is safe to travel to, however all other nationalities have left with no new arrival. Some of hotels are closing 1 or 2 of their outlets especially for the dining room due to low number of guests.

      Airport & Security

      Sharm El Sheikh International airport working with no problems ,security are in place.. very quiet though! Flights still operating from all regional airport in the UK into Sharm El Sheikh with no cancellation. Security in general is ok, Police officers never pulled out as it was the case in rest of the country.

      Transportation

      Public mini buses and taxis still the main means of transportation in resort ,no problems at all with fuel supplies ,which was With the beginning of the demonstration.

      Excursions

      As a result of what is happening in Cairo and in different cities in Egypt all tour operators in resort have cancelled their trips to Cairo, Luxor ,Jordan and Jerusalem. Rest of excursions and activities still running with no cancellation.

      Any other Issues

      -No protestors gathering in any areas, everybody is engaged in their work as normal even after President Mubarak arrived here.

      -Guests are enjoying our sunny resort none of our clients preferred to go home as this was offered when reps met them for a welcome briefing.

      -Banks in hotels are back to work with normal opening and closure hours.

      Aswan

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      Sightseeing at Aswan resort

      we've checked with Egyptian travel agent & Antiquities Authority at resort they Informed us that all sights are opened with their normal times

      Sound & Lights: show at Abu Simbel, Aswan & Luxor are presenting the original program.

      Demonstration at Aswan:

      There are no demonstration in ASWAN anymore .

      security in general

      quite safe &secure

      Luxor

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      Demonstrations:

      Over the past week, it was very quite in Luxor; no groupings or demonstrations took place in the town.

      Sights:

      -All sights are in normal operation, except Luxor Museum & Mummification Museum which are closed till further notice. As for Karnak sound & light, it is still in normal operation as long as the show reached the minimum number to operate.

      Sound & Lights: show at Abu Simbel, Aswan & Luxor are presenting the original program.

      Security in general:

      -Military units are still in Luxor in some locations; in front of the winter palace hotel and The Governorate building. Tourism police are in duty; they are located in every tourist place as normal. Policemen in general were back to their normal duties.

      Life got back to normal in Luxor; Shops, restaurants & sightseeing are open, although it is too quite as the majority of clients had left Luxor.

      Cairo

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      Pyramids of Giza area are open.

      - Sakkara is closed because they are doing an inventory as there has been lot of damage in this area.

      The Egyptian Museum is closed.

      - Islamic & Coptic Cairo: Totally open.

      Sound & Light at Giza area: Only 1 show a day from 17h30 for 50mns in English; All other nationalities use headphones.

      The above information is to be changed on daily basis depending on the current situation so will try and update whenever possible

      Alexandria

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      Current situation is stable and no demonstrations taken place & all sights are closed till further notice

       

      We all wish that everything will return back to normality very soon and travelers from all over the world will travel to Egypt to enjoy the weather , sightseeing and Egyptian hospitality.

      Traveline Egypt Team

      Quotes about Egyptian Revolution

      Barack Obama: We must educate our children to become like young Egyptian people.

      Britain's Prime Minister: We must consider teaching the Egyptian revolution in schools.

      CNN: For the first time, we see people make a revolution and then clean the streets afterwards.


      Prime Minister of Italy: There is nothing new in Egypt. Egyptians are making history as usual.

      Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway: Today we are all Egyptians.

      Austrian President Heinz Fischer: The people of Egypt, are the greatest people of earth; and they deserve a Nobel Prize for Peace. To All Egyptian: Be Proud to Be Egyptian :)


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  • 09/02/2011 - February 2011

    • Dear Members,

      In the 16th day of the Egyptian revolution we wanted to let you know that all Traveline team as well as there families are safe and in good health, also all our branches,transportation fleet and Nile cruises are in good shape and wasn't affected. Also our beloved country Egypt started to get back to normal life since last Sunday except for down town area were Tahrir Square is located. We also want to thank you all for your concern & support expressed through your phone calls, messages and mails.


      We are gladly announcing the below sucess from Kuoni UK for 2010.

      2010 had it s challenges, but despite it all you came through and provided us with some excellent customer service.

      Having been through the CSQ scores for 2010 and taken into account the all round service to customers and Kuoni UK, I am very pleased to announce the winners of our annual awards.

      Kuoni’s 2010 Agent of the Year is …….

      EGYPT - Traveline (including UK Team Luxor)

      Who will receive a certificate and a party on us!

      Well done to the Traveline team and also a mention to those of you that also did extremely well:

      India – Kuoni DMC

      Maldives – UK team

      Sri Lanka – Whittall Boustead

      Nepal – Kuoni DMC

      Cuba – UK Manager & local team

      Italy – UK team

      South Africa - Private Safaris

      Cambodia – Asian trails

      Morocco – Major Travel Services

      Kuoni’s 2010 Representative of the Year is …….

      For the second year running Mark Heenatimulla based in the Maldives, an outstanding achievement – well done Mark!

      Mark will receive a certificate and £100

      There are lots of our frontline people who have worked very, very hard so we give a special mention to those who followed a little way behind Mark:

      Ahmed Samir - Egypt

      Erasmo Guastella - Italy & Maldives

      Issam Ramzi - Morocco

      Captain - Thailand

      Mr Pan - Thailand

      Thank you to everyone and let’s keep up the good work for 2011 …. whatever it throws at us! I wish everyone a good weekend.

      Kind regards Shirley

      Shirley Fisher Destination Management Manager


      We are honored to introduce you to some of the appreciation letters received link during the paretic period Egypt faces.

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      Tourism Stands Ready to Support Egypt

      Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary-general

      By Taleb Rifai, United Nations World Tourism Organization secretary-general | Feb 07, 2011 The United Nations World Tourism Organization is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in Egypt in coordination with several public and private sector organizations through the Tourism Emergency Tourism Network (TERN). As of 04/02/11 it is estimated that at least 100,000 tourists remain in Egypt, but this number is steadily decreasing. No major airport and flight disruptions have been reported and remaining tourists have been able to leave Egypt unimpeded, when wishing to do so. Beyond the immediate impact, one must not forget that Egypt is and will continue to be an important tourism destination worldwide; immensely rich in history and cultural legacy, factors which will ensure it remains a privileged destination, once normalcy is established. Past experience tells us that tourism has proven to be an extremely resilient sector. Besides, tourism is a key economic activity for Egypt, representing as much as 11% of its GDP and generating millions of jobs. UNWTO hopes for a quick return to normalcy, peace and stability in Egypt and trusts that with normalcy, tourism will resume quickly in all parts of the country. The tourism community stands ready to support the Egyptian tourism sector and help continue building tourism in Egypt as a key driver of socio-economic development and wellbeing.


      The Russians may depart from Egypt in accordance with their wish

      For the moment, there is no any necessity to evacuate the Russian tourists from Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Such decision was made during the meeting of EMERCOM of Russia, Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), ATOR and Russian tour operators. The EMERCOM of Russia confirmed the readiness to use the evacuation plan in case of need. According to revised data, more than 40 thousand Russian tourists stay in Egypt now. The situation in Hurgada and Sharm el-Sheikh is stable and the Russians out of danger. Anyway, it’s early to evacuate the Russian tourists from Egypt: the holidaymakers can cut their trip and leave the country by regular flights upon their wish. Transaero announced during the meeting with the operators about its readiness to transport their clients regardless of the departure dates from Egypt using available seats on the flights. However, just few passengers decided to come back home earlier. It’s interesting to note, that despite the efforts of tour operators to reason the clients out of going to Egypt, there are lot of people who still want to travel to this country. As far as the flights are not cancelled, the operators don’t have the right to prohibit the tourists to leave Russia. BY ATOR (Association of Tour Operators of Russia)

      IITB BERLIN 9-13 MARCH 2011

      Traveline is attending the ITB Trave Market in Berlin from 09 to 13th of March 2011, Egypt pavillion

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  • 15/01/2011 -

    • Hotel Design And Construction Egypt Conference Tourism and hotel industry thriving in Egypt Mena Cairo House Oberoi Hotel / Image via safariegypt.com

      CAIRO - Egypt is currently witnessing an unparalleled boom in tourism, which is propelling this historic nation to the forefront of the developing tourism industry. Recent statistics on Euromonitor International indicate that, in the past four years, tourism revenue has increased by 40 percent. In order to further increase national income from tourism, the country has directed part of the foreign investment capital to construct new hotels to accommodate the growing number of tourists. This trend is the driving force for IQPC's Hotel Design and Construction Egypt, which will take place from December 12-15, 2010. When asked to describe the current market situation, Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, commented that, "With the growth in tourism, the increasing strength of the Egyptian economy, the sustained development of the infrastructure required, and the investment support from within the Egyptian tourism and hospitality sector, we see expansion within Egypt to be an important future strategy." It appears not only leading hotel operators are looking to branch into this emerging market. Cooper's sentiments were echoed by HGBD Arabia's Waleed Mohammed Abdel Saleem. In a recent survey, the Design Divison manager gave his opinion on the Egyptian tourism market saying, "Egypt is a healthy and profitable market, there are lots of areas that need resorts and hotels." Experts have indicated that there needs to be a level of sophistication in designing and constructing hotels to fit the demands of the increasing tourism boom. With an evolving industry, it is vital for industry leaders to stay up to date and transport the emerging tourism market in this region to a wel- established and competent market. As was outlined, this region holds a great potential for future construction projects in the tourism industry, and there is no doubt that the demand is there. In order for hotel owners to learn more about the direction of the market, it is paramount to network with and understand the unique challenges in the design and construction industry for Egyptian hotels. Hotel Design and Construction Egypt will provide case studies on landmark designs, consider the challenges in guaranteeing sustainability and maintainability of hotel projects and will present industry insider techniques on ensuring the legacy of developments through cultural and demand-driven relevance. Held in Cairo, Egypt, from December 12-15, 2010, the launch in IQPC's hotel design events will bring together international key speakers to share best-practice methods of ensuring responsible tourism during the design stage, adhering to green building regulations and harmonizing stakeholder's expectations in order to achieve brand characteristics from design through to construction.


      Travel Trends Survey 2011 travel trends revealed

      LONDON, England - The results of annual Travel Trends Survey have been announced today. "Overall, 2011 looks more positive for both travelers and the travel industry," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "Britons intend to travel more often and will spend more money doing so, but will proceed with caution as the industry emerges slowly from a very difficult year." FOREIGN TRAVEL FORECAST Travel Trends Survey reveals that 2011 will see Britons travel more, with a significant number (66%) of people planning to take a long-haul holiday. Only a third of Brits are planning a stay-at-home holiday next year, marking the possible demise of the 'staycation' trend which has dominated the last few years. - One in 10 Brits are planning to travel more on holiday in 2011 than they did this year - Two-thirds (66%) of Brits are planning at least one long-haul holiday in 2011 - Just 38% of Brits are planning a staycation in 2011, compared to 45% in 2010 - Over two-thirds (67%) are planning at least one domestic holiday, a slight decrease from 73% in 2010 2010: A YEAR OF AIR TRAVEL ANXIETIES The devastating earthquakes in China, Haiti and Indonesia this year have had an impact on our psyche - but despite a threefold increase from a year ago, national disasters affecting travel plans are only a concern for 6% of British travellers." Other issues concerning British travellers this year: - A brand new travel issue to emerge since last year's survey is volcanic ash - 15% of Brits admit they are worried about this disrupting their 2011 travel plans - A third (31%) are fearful of further strikes affecting the travel plans - Concerns over rises in APD, the air travel tax, are likely to afcect the travel plans of over a quarter (28%) of Brits - Following the recent high profile collapses of travel firms including Goldtrail and Kiss Flights over a quarter (26%) are worried about travel companies going bust But all this uncertainty in the travel industry is good news for travel insurance companies - over a quarter (28%) of Brits admit they are more likely to buy travel insurance in 2011 than this year. CAUTIOUSLY CONFIDENT BUT A FEW WILL SPLASH THE CASH Despite Government austerity cuts and fears of a double-dip recession, the general mood of the nation when it comes to holiday spend is more positive than a year ago: - Over a third (36%) of Brits think they'll spend more on their holidays in 2011 than they did in 2010 - A third (32%) plan to spend between GBP2,000-GBP4,000 in total on leisure travel in 2011 - An extravagant 14% of Brits intend to spend over GBP8,000 on travel in 2011 FLYING FRUSTRATIONS Security breaches, bomb scares, full body scanners and inconsistent airport rules have all contributed to travellers feeling increasingly frustrated and confused with air travel over the last 12 months. The TripAdvisor 2011 Travel Trends Survey also reveals: - 14% of Brits have had items confiscated or had to re-pack bags at an airport this year - Almost a fifth (17%) of Europeans (14% of Brits) admit that confusing baggage rules will affect their holiday planning in 2011 BRITS WEAKEN OVER GREEN TRAVEL Brits' best environmental intentions have weakened in the last 12 months - 14% of Brits planned to be more environmentally conscious in their travels in 2010, compared to just 10% now. - Nine out of ten (90%) Brits admit they do not think they will be more environmentally conscious with their travel plans in 2011 - 83% of Brits neither plan to fly or drive less for their holidays in 2011, compared to the EU average of 64%. "Although economically British travellers are more confident for the year ahead, it's still been a turbulent time for the travel industry with strikes, volcanic ash and airport security issues. With all these aviation anxieties it's perhaps no surprise that environmental concerns are now an even lower priority for British travellers," concludes Emma O'Boyle.



      Ashmolean Museum initiates renovation of Egyptian galleries

      A £5m redevelopment at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to showcase the museum’s collections from Ancient Egypt has been granted planning permission by Oxford City Council. The new Egyptian section will be designed by Rick Mather, the architect responsible for the award- winning museum extension. Under the plan, the four existing Egyptian galleries will be refurbished. A fifth gallery will be created by transforming the Ruskin Gallery, which is used as the Ashmolean shop. The Egyptian galleries will close on January 1 with new galleries expected to open in 12 months’ time Thesis reveals Queen Arsinoë ruled Egypt as female pharaoh Image via Wikipedia Queen Arsinoë II, daughter of Ptolemy I (366–283 B.C.), a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great and founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty, ruled Egypt as pharaoh some 200 years earlier than Cleopatra, according to a new study into a unique Egyptian crown. “She was no ordinary woman. She fought in battles, and even participated in the Olympics, where she won three events for harnessed horses,” Maria Nilsson, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, told Discovery News. A crown, which has never been found, but is depicted on statues and carved stone reliefs, was created especially for her. Nilsson analyzed 158 Egyptian relief scenes dating from Arsinoë’s lifetime to Emperor Trajan, spanning about 400 years, studying every detail of the crown, including hieroglyphic titles and relief scenes. She found that the crown was made of four main elements: the red crown, symbolizing the rule of Lower Egypt, the ram horns, connected primarily with the ram god of Egypt, Amon, the cow horns and solar disc, symbolizing the goddess Hathor and the harmony between male and female, and the double feather plume, another important symbol of Amon. According to Nilsson, these symbols show that Arsinoë’s crown was created for a living queen who was supposed to be a high priestess, a goddess and the ruler of Lower Egypt at the same time.

      Exhibition brings ancient Book of the Dead to life

      The coffin of Pasenhor, an influential member of the Libyan Meshwesh tribe, around the 22nd dynasty (725 BC) which is inscribed with various spells from the Book of the Dead, is seen at the British Museum in London, Tuesday, Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

      As self-help manuals go, the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead has certainly stood the test of time. For centuries, the 3,500-year-old guidebook offered Egyptians a step-by-step guide to the journey from this life to the next. It remains famous, if poorly understood — a spooky collection of arcane symbols, crocodile-jawed monsters and jackal-headed gods. A major new exhibition at the British Museum hopes to shed new light on the book, which was not a single volume, but a series of spells and illustrations inked onto papyrus scrolls and designed to help the dead make the perilous journey to the afterlife. The show seeks to dispel the modern notion — partly created by all the tombs, mummies and funeral masks — that ancient Egyptians were obsessed with death. "They were not obsessed with death, as some people say — they were obsessed with life," the exhibition's curator, John Taylor, said Tuesday. "Most people would have died by 35, but they had quite a privileged life in many ways, and wanted to continue with it after death." The show, which opens Thursday and runs to March 6, is the first of three British Museum exhibitions looking at death and spirituality through the ages. A show next year looking at devotion in Medieval Europe will be followed in 2012 by one about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj. The Egyptian exhibition reveals a highly developed society with a complex theology — and an eye for commerce. It winds, labyrinth-like, through the museum's circular Reading Room, mirroring the journey humans were thought to take after death. It was a spiritual obstacle course that saw the soul leave the mummified body of the departed and travel through the nether world. There it could be waylaid by scorching fires, poisonous snakes, wild animals and worst of all the Devourer — a demon with the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus. The final obstacle was a trial, at which the heart was placed on a set of scales and weighed against a feather. A light heart meant successful passage to the afterlife. A heavy heart, weighed down with sin, meant being thrown to the Devourer. The book's spells and illustrations, developed over centuries from about 1,500 BC, were intended as a guide to overcoming these obstacles. There were 200 spells in all, from which wealthy Egyptians could pick and choose for their own custom-made Books of the Dead. The exhibition brings together some of the treasures from the museum's world-famous collection of Egyptian artifacts. There are mummies, gilded funeral masks and cedar coffins colorfully decorated in red and blue. The star objects are the scrolls themselves, long rolls of papyrus covered with neat black and red hieroglyphic columns and illustrated with scenes of the afterlife. They were rolled up and placed alongside mummies in their coffins. Spells also were inscribed on coffin walls, mummies' shrouds and even their linen bandages. Fragile and easily damaged by light, the scrolls are rarely displayed. The longest, a 120-foot (37-meter) scroll made for the daughter of a high priest about 3,000 years ago, has never been shown in public before. The exhibition reveals the Egyptians' spirituality — but also their knack for commerce. Only the most powerful individuals could afford their own custom-made scrolls, and mass-market options were available to the less well-off. Archeologists can tell that Ani, a senior civil servant — scribe to the king — who died about 1275 BC, bought his scroll off the shelf because his name has been inserted into blanks spots in the text. Another exhibit is a basalt and gold amulet in the shape of a scarab beetle, with a blank space on the back where the buyer's name could be written. It was one of a variety of objects that could be purchased as part of preparations for a good death. "Over time, more things became essential," Taylor said. "Somebody had a business sense there." Having completed the arduous journey, the successful person could spend the afterlife sailing with the sun god Ra in his boat across the sky, or dwelling with Osiris, god of the underworld. But the most favored option was to settle in the Field of Reeds, a fertile riverside land that resembled an idealized version of the Egypt the deceased had left behind. "The ultimate goal was going home," Taylor said, "but without the illness, suffering and death."



      Press Release - Ancient road uncovered in Luxor

      Mr. Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, announces that the expedition of the Supreme Council of Antiquities at the Avenue of the Sphinxes found today twelve new sphinx statues from the reign of Nectanebo I (380-362 BC). These sphinx statues were found in the last sector of the Avenue of the Sphinxes. New road of Nectanebo I discovered in Luxor. Remains of sphinx statues can be seen in the middle of the area. (Photo: SCA) Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said the discovery is not located within the known road of the Avenue of the Sphinxes between Karnak and Luxor Temples, but instead at the end of the newly discovered road of Nectanebo I. The Avenue runs from Luxor to Karnak, where it connects to the temple of the goddess Mut. Mansour Boraik, Supervisor of Luxor Antiquities, indicated that this is the first time a new road that runs from east to west, toward the Nile, has been found.

      The most interesting Reconstructing one of the Nectanebo I sphinxes (Photo: SCA) part of this new discovery is that the 20 meters thus excavated is built from sandstone from the quarries at Gebel Silsila, north of Aswan. The total length of this road to the Nile is about 600 meters. Dr. Hawass mentioned, too, that along this way the sacred boat of Amun, king of the gods, traveled on the god’s annual trip to visit his wife, Mut, at Luxor temple, and the king used it as well for religious processions. This discovery marks the first time that archaeology has revealed this route, which is mentioned in many ancient texts. Besides the sphinx statues, which are inscribed with the name of Nectanebo I, the excavation team also recovered Roman period objects, including an oil press and pottery. Excavations remain ongoing.



      West Bank lighting system completed

      The SCA had finished the lighting system project of west bank, Luxor with a budget of 56 million Egyptian pounds. The project was done in co-operation with Egypt sound and light company and Architecture Lumiere (French company). Dr.Zahi Hawass said that the point of the project is to protect the tombs of the west bank as the huge number of visitors will be distributed on longer hours of the day from 7am till 8pm which will decrease the humidity that affects the tombs badly.


      Terry Fox Run DECEMBER 11 , 2010 at the Giza Pyramids

      It gives us great pleasure to share with you the news of a great endeavor that is taking place around the world to fight cancer and which we hope you can participate in. Since his famous run across Canada in 1981, Terry Fox has become synonymous with fighting cancer. A cancer victim himself, he decided to raise funds to fight this disease instead of waiting to die on his death by running a marathon across Canada; he ran till the last breath as he died before completing his run. Since then the Terry Fox run has been a fund raising event that takes place annually in many parts of the world. This year the Canadian embassy is organizing the Terry Fox run in Egypt on Dec 11, at the foothill of Giza Pyramids. All the funds raised will be donated to the research center at Hospital 57357. We would like to ask you to participate in this event and spread the word.

       

       


       

      5 Middle East countries Americans think of as friendly

      NEW YORK - A new Harris Poll that measures the attitudes of Americans to 13 countries in or near to the Middle East Many people see Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan as friendly to the U.S. On the other hand, many people see Iran, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan as unfriendly or as enemies. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 3,084 adults surveyed online between October 11 and 18, 2010 by Harris Interactive. Key findings of this poll include: More than two in five adults (43%) think of Israel as a close ally. Few people see any of the other twelve countries as close allies. Kuwait ranks second on the list with 13%;Fully 69% of the public see Israel as either a close ally or a friend. Sizable numbers see five of the countries, Egypt (49%), Kuwait (45%), Turkey (44%), Saudi Arabia (39%), and Jordan (38%) as friendly; At the other end of the list, a large majority (71%) think of Iran unfriendly and an enemy. No other country comes close, but sizable minorities feel this way about Afghanistan (45%), Iraq (42%), Libya (39%), Syria (34%) and Pakistan (32%); There have been no large changes in American perceptions of these countries since the Harris Poll first asked these questions in 2006, and in comparable polls since then. However, fewer people now think of several of these countries as close allies or friends than in any of the earlier studies including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. But the decline in public perceptions of these countries is generally modest. So What? Several conclusions can be drawn from these findings. Public belief that Israel is a friend or ally, while down very slightly from the 2009 survey, remains very strong. Most of the other countries measured are predominately Islamic nations, although it appears American attitudes to Muslim countries are not monolithic or uniform—opinions of different countries vary greatly. However, the modest decline in positive attitudes toward five of the Muslim countries may suggest a slight increase in anti-Islamic feeling among some Americans.

      Naomi Campbell's wedding in Egypt

      Witness the historic Egyptian city of Luxor Witness the historic Egyptian city of Luxor during the month of December wedding supermodel Naomi Campbell and her fiance, wealthy Russian Vladislav Doronen. The report said a photographer for the program (Life Today) that the wedding Naomi Campbell-old daughter and her fiance, 40-year-old Russian 47-year- And which is scheduled to be held in the temple of Luxor in the seventh month of December .. Ceremony will be legendary and will exceed the cost of millions, and the couple they invited 250 relatives and friends along with a large number of journalists And Naomi Campbell and her fiance at the hotel will hold a historic construction dates back to 1886 and overlooking the River Nile south of Luxor Temple. The program emphasized that the Temple of Luxor is the place of the wedding, which will be the legendary Naomi Campbell and her fiance, wealthy. He added that the couple will hold a program in the hotel «Winter Palace», overlooking the River Nile south of the temple, which is the same hotel, which witnessed the first public appearance of French President Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni.



      Travel Trends Survey 2011 travel trends revealed

      LONDON, England - The results of annual Travel Trends Survey have been announced today. "Overall, 2011 looks more positive for both travelers and the travel industry," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "Britons intend to travel more often and will spend more money doing so, but will proceed with caution as the industry emerges slowly from a very difficult year." FOREIGN TRAVEL FORECAST Travel Trends Survey reveals that 2011 will see Britons travel more, with a significant number (66%) of people planning to take a long-haul holiday. Only a third of Brits are planning a stay-at-home holiday next year, marking the possible demise of the 'staycation' trend which has dominated the last few years. - One in 10 Brits are planning to travel more on holiday in 2011 than they did this year - Two-thirds (66%) of Brits are planning at least one long-haul holiday in 2011 - Just 38% of Brits are planning a staycation in 2011, compared to 45% in 2010 - Over two-thirds (67%) are planning at least one domestic holiday, a slight decrease from 73% in 2010 2010: A YEAR OF AIR TRAVEL ANXIETIES The devastating earthquakes in China, Haiti and Indonesia this year have had an impact on our psyche - but despite a threefold increase from a year ago, national disasters affecting travel plans are only a concern for 6% of British travellers." Other issues concerning British travellers this year: - A brand new travel issue to emerge since last year's survey is volcanic ash - 15% of Brits admit they are worried about this disrupting their 2011 travel plans - A third (31%) are fearful of further strikes affecting the travel plans - Concerns over rises in APD, the air travel tax, are likely to afcect the travel plans of over a quarter (28%) of Brits - Following the recent high profile collapses of travel firms including Goldtrail and Kiss Flights over a quarter (26%) are worried about travel companies going bust But all this uncertainty in the travel industry is good news for travel insurance companies - over a quarter (28%) of Brits admit they are more likely to buy travel insurance in 2011 than this year. CAUTIOUSLY CONFIDENT BUT A FEW WILL SPLASH THE CASH Despite Government austerity cuts and fears of a double-dip recession, the general mood of the nation when it comes to holiday spend is more positive than a year ago: - Over a third (36%) of Brits think they'll spend more on their holidays in 2011 than they did in 2010 - A third (32%) plan to spend between GBP2,000-GBP4,000 in total on leisure travel in 2011 - An extravagant 14% of Brits intend to spend over GBP8,000 on travel in 2011 FLYING FRUSTRATIONS Security breaches, bomb scares, full body scanners and inconsistent airport rules have all contributed to travellers feeling increasingly frustrated and confused with air travel over the last 12 months. The TripAdvisor 2011 Travel Trends Survey also reveals: - 14% of Brits have had items confiscated or had to re-pack bags at an airport this year - Almost a fifth (17%) of Europeans (14% of Brits) admit that confusing baggage rules will affect their holiday planning in 2011 BRITS WEAKEN OVER GREEN TRAVEL Brits' best environmental intentions have weakened in the last 12 months - 14% of Brits planned to be more environmentally conscious in their travels in 2010, compared to just 10% now. - Nine out of ten (90%) Brits admit they do not think they will be more environmentally conscious with their travel plans in 2011 - 83% of Brits neither plan to fly or drive less for their holidays in 2011, compared to the EU average of 64%. "Although economically British travellers are more confident for the year ahead, it's still been a turbulent time for the travel industry with strikes, volcanic ash and airport security issues. With all these aviation anxieties it's perhaps no surprise that environmental concerns are now an even lower priority for British travellers," concludes Emma O'Boyle.




      Travel Trends Survey 2011 travel trends revealed

      LONDON, England - The results of annual Travel Trends Survey have been announced today. "Overall, 2011 looks more positive for both travelers and the travel industry," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "Britons intend to travel more often and will spend more money doing so, but will proceed with caution as the industry emerges slowly from a very difficult year." FOREIGN TRAVEL FORECAST Travel Trends Survey reveals that 2011 will see Britons travel more, with a significant number (66%) of people planning to take a long-haul holiday. Only a third of Brits are planning a stay-at-home holiday next year, marking the possible demise of the 'staycation' trend which has dominated the last few years. - One in 10 Brits are planning to travel more on holiday in 2011 than they did this year - Two-thirds (66%) of Brits are planning at least one long-haul holiday in 2011 - Just 38% of Brits are planning a staycation in 2011, compared to 45% in 2010 - Over two-thirds (67%) are planning at least one domestic holiday, a slight decrease from 73% in 2010 2010: A YEAR OF AIR TRAVEL ANXIETIES The devastating earthquakes in China, Haiti and Indonesia this year have had an impact on our psyche - but despite a threefold increase from a year ago, national disasters affecting travel plans are only a concern for 6% of British travellers." Other issues concerning British travellers this year: - A brand new travel issue to emerge since last year's survey is volcanic ash - 15% of Brits admit they are worried about this disrupting their 2011 travel plans - A third (31%) are fearful of further strikes affecting the travel plans - Concerns over rises in APD, the air travel tax, are likely to afcect the travel plans of over a quarter (28%) of Brits - Following the recent high profile collapses of travel firms including Goldtrail and Kiss Flights over a quarter (26%) are worried about travel companies going bust But all this uncertainty in the travel industry is good news for travel insurance companies - over a quarter (28%) of Brits admit they are more likely to buy travel insurance in 2011 than this year. CAUTIOUSLY CONFIDENT BUT A FEW WILL SPLASH THE CASH Despite Government austerity cuts and fears of a double-dip recession, the general mood of the nation when it comes to holiday spend is more positive than a year ago: - Over a third (36%) of Brits think they'll spend more on their holidays in 2011 than they did in 2010 - A third (32%) plan to spend between GBP2,000-GBP4,000 in total on leisure travel in 2011 - An extravagant 14% of Brits intend to spend over GBP8,000 on travel in 2011 FLYING FRUSTRATIONS Security breaches, bomb scares, full body scanners and inconsistent airport rules have all contributed to travellers feeling increasingly frustrated and confused with air travel over the last 12 months. The TripAdvisor 2011 Travel Trends Survey also reveals: - 14% of Brits have had items confiscated or had to re-pack bags at an airport this year - Almost a fifth (17%) of Europeans (14% of Brits) admit that confusing baggage rules will affect their holiday planning in 2011 BRITS WEAKEN OVER GREEN TRAVEL Brits' best environmental intentions have weakened in the last 12 months - 14% of Brits planned to be more environmentally conscious in their travels in 2010, compared to just 10% now. - Nine out of ten (90%) Brits admit they do not think they will be more environmentally conscious with their travel plans in 2011 - 83% of Brits neither plan to fly or drive less for their holidays in 2011, compared to the EU average of 64%. "Although economically British travellers are more confident for the year ahead, it's still been a turbulent time for the travel industry with strikes, volcanic ash and airport security issues. With all these aviation anxieties it's perhaps no surprise that environmental concerns are now an even lower priority for British travellers," concludes Emma O'Boyle.



      Travel Trends Survey 2011 travel trends revealed

      LONDON, England - The results of annual Travel Trends Survey have been announced today. "Overall, 2011 looks more positive for both travelers and the travel industry," comments Emma O'Boyle, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "Britons intend to travel more often and will spend more money doing so, but will proceed with caution as the industry emerges slowly from a very difficult year." FOREIGN TRAVEL FORECAST Travel Trends Survey reveals that 2011 will see Britons travel more, with a significant number (66%) of people planning to take a long-haul holiday. Only a third of Brits are planning a stay-at-home holiday next year, marking the possible demise of the 'staycation' trend which has dominated the last few years. - One in 10 Brits are planning to travel more on holiday in 2011 than they did this year - Two-thirds (66%) of Brits are planning at least one long-haul holiday in 2011 - Just 38% of Brits are planning a staycation in 2011, compared to 45% in 2010 - Over two-thirds (67%) are planning at least one domestic holiday, a slight decrease from 73% in 2010 2010: A YEAR OF AIR TRAVEL ANXIETIES The devastating earthquakes in China, Haiti and Indonesia this year have had an impact on our psyche - but despite a threefold increase from a year ago, national disasters affecting travel plans are only a concern for 6% of British travellers." Other issues concerning British travellers this year: - A brand new travel issue to emerge since last year's survey is volcanic ash - 15% of Brits admit they are worried about this disrupting their 2011 travel plans - A third (31%) are fearful of further strikes affecting the travel plans - Concerns over rises in APD, the air travel tax, are likely to afcect the travel plans of over a quarter (28%) of Brits - Following the recent high profile collapses of travel firms including Goldtrail and Kiss Flights over a quarter (26%) are worried about travel companies going bust But all this uncertainty in the travel industry is good news for travel insurance companies - over a quarter (28%) of Brits admit they are more likely to buy travel insurance in 2011 than this year. CAUTIOUSLY CONFIDENT BUT A FEW WILL SPLASH THE CASH Despite Government austerity cuts and fears of a double-dip recession, the general mood of the nation when it comes to holiday spend is more positive than a year ago: - Over a third (36%) of Brits think they'll spend more on their holidays in 2011 than they did in 2010 - A third (32%) plan to spend between GBP2,000-GBP4,000 in total on leisure travel in 2011 - An extravagant 14% of Brits intend to spend over GBP8,000 on travel in 2011 FLYING FRUSTRATIONS Security breaches, bomb scares, full body scanners and inconsistent airport rules have all contributed to travellers feeling increasingly frustrated and confused with air travel over the last 12 months. The TripAdvisor 2011 Travel Trends Survey also reveals: - 14% of Brits have had items confiscated or had to re-pack bags at an airport this year - Almost a fifth (17%) of Europeans (14% of Brits) admit that confusing baggage rules will affect their holiday planning in 2011 BRITS WEAKEN OVER GREEN TRAVEL Brits' best environmental intentions have weakened in the last 12 months - 14% of Brits planned to be more environmentally conscious in their travels in 2010, compared to just 10% now. - Nine out of ten (90%) Brits admit they do not think they will be more environmentally conscious with their travel plans in 2011 - 83% of Brits neither plan to fly or drive less for their holidays in 2011, compared to the EU average of 64%. "Although economically British travellers are more confident for the year ahead, it's still been a turbulent time for the travel industry with strikes, volcanic ash and airport security issues. With all these aviation anxieties it's perhaps no surprise that environmental concerns are now an even lower priority for British travellers," concludes Emma O'Boyle.



 
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