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  • 27/12/2012 - JANUARY 2013

    • Word of Wisdom of the Month

      "Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward."

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      Egyptian Ministry of Tourism Latest News

      The Ministry of tourism has been closely following the latest development in Egypt Domestic political scene , taking in consideration that such political developments are of temporary nature and are quite expected during this transition of the Egyptian Revolution The Ministry of tourism take this opportunity to reassure its international tourism partners As well as its guests that these political developments do not affect services rendered to tourists and that business is as usual where Egyptians are keen to welcome their guests throughout the country . The tourist arrivals to Egypt during the period Jan- Sep 2012 show an increase of 20.2% over the same period in 2011 (figures) The Tourism industry in Egypt – resilient as ever – continues to develop, plan and move ahead with the number of calculated new products such as the reoperation of the Nilecruises after a halt period of more than 15 years . The kebbash Road connecting Luxor Temple with Karnak Temple will be reopened – after a full over healing process – to visitors in March 2013 , as well as new measures to renovate the pyramids area . All touristic sites in Egypt are fully open to visitors as usual . All those action reflect the vast interest and support the current Government of Egypt attaches to the Tourism Industry as one of the main pillars of Egyptian national economy. The Ministry of tourism – once again – expresses its commitment to all measures to further develop and sustain this important industry ; welcoming tourists at all times .

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      A special Christmas celebration in the Cathedral EL Samaeyeen in Sharm el Sheikh

      A special Greek Orthodox mass was held by some Russian priests on January 7th 2013, to celebrate Christmas in the Cathedral EL Samaeyeen in Sharm el Sheikh. Foreign tourists, especially Russians in Sharm El Sheikh have been invited to attend the ceremony. Event is organized by The Egyptian Travel Agents Association in coordination with The Egyptian Hotels Association and under the auspices of The Ministry of Tourism.

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      Number one for winter sun: Egypt tipped as best value destination for January escape

      With the festivities behind us and seemingly only wet weather ahead, you're probably dreaming of an escape to usher in 2013. But where to go on a budget depleted by Christmas? Egypt has been tipped as the best-value destination for January by a recent Post Office Travel Money report, thanks to its 'cheap all-inclusive packages at three, four and five-star levels.' The research looked at ten destinations where UK holidaymakers can not only get more for their pound but which also offer the best value packages, plus cheap food and drinks.
      It found that the average price of a seven-night package holiday plus seven evening meals for two adults in Egypt came to £846. The report also said that sterling buys seven per cent more Egyptian currency this month than it did a year ago, meaning holidaymakers will see their pound stretch further. The north African country has long been a favourite with British tourists, keen to soak up the ancient Egyptian sights of Cairo, the delights of the Nile and the year-round sunshine and diving offered by the country's Red Sea resorts. Hands up for fun: Orlando is the perfect destination for families in search of adventure But a revolution nearly two years ago has meant a drop in visitor numbers. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to certain parts of Egypt. But this excludes the popular holiday hotspots of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, and Dahab. According to the research, the next bargain destination is Orlando, Florida, thanks to the pound 'buying 3.5 per cent more than 12 months ago'. 'With competitively-priced packages and some of the lowest prices for food and drink Stateside, Orlando is a good bet for the New Year,' the report said. The Sunshine State city was followed by Dubai, Mexico and Thailand. Other good-value spots are Kenya, Bali, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Post Office Travel Money head Andrew Brown said: 'Every year travel companies report a spike in bookings immediately after Christmas as thousands of people go online or to their local travel agent to book an escape abroad. 'And after a year of washout weather, spur of the moment winter sun holiday bookings are more likely than ever. The strongest contender for post-Christmas blues bookings has to be Egypt.

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      The 20th Egypt International Marathon in Luxor

      Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism the Twelfth Egypt International Marathon will be held at Luxor on January 18th, 2013. Luxor marathon will start at 07:00 AM from Hatshepsut Temple in the western bank of Luxor for a distance of 42 km The Marathon will host 350 runners from different nationalities including the Japanese runner Yuki Karachi Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nation.

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      Egypt hosts Japanese children

      In the frame of Egyptian Ministry of Tourism endeavors to increase the tourism flow from the Japanese market, the Ministry of tourism hosted 15 children who had suffered from the earthquake on December 2010, in an eight days trip to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan ( from 26 December 2012 to 2nd January 2013 ) . The trip included visiting the Pyramids, Salah El Din Citadel, and a nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan, in addition to celebrating the New Year at Steinberger Nile Palace hotel.

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      Famous Hotel in Cairo Celebrates 30th Anniversary

      Guests Celebrate at the Historic Cairo Marriott Hotel With Live Music, Fire Show and Lavish Buffet CAIRO, EGYPT -- (Marketwire) -- 12/23/12 -- No

      matter how young or old, birthdays are a time for celebration. The Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino celebrated 30 in style, with a lavish party honoring its rich past and bright future. Built by Khedive Ismail in 1869 as a guest palace for the Suez Canal inauguration celebrations, the Palace Al Gezirah hosted a number of European monarchs, including Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. Today, as one of the most famous hotels in Cairo, its guests are equally as impressive. To celebrate its major milestone, this hotel and casino in Cairo threw a festive party, where guests were greeted by the sounds of Opera Aida and the hotel's General Manager, Richard Zeolla, and his wife. Empress Eugenie and Khedive Ismail also made an appearance, kicking off the party from their place on the palace's central balcony. Guests made their way to the royal gardens, where decorations created a magical setting for the evening. The RIFF Band took the stage, and chefs showcased the hotel's diverse dining options in a delicious buffet. The highlights of the

      evening were a fire show by Ahmed Essam and a performance by the Chehade Brothers Band, brought in from Beirut. One of the top event venues in Egypt, the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino combines the restored palace with two modern towers, creating a hotel that offers both modern amenities and historic charm. Many of the original rooms and their furniture have been preserved, and now serve as reception rooms and lounges. To learn more about this historic hotel, visitwww.marriott.com/hotels/travel/caieg-cairo-marriott-hotel-and-omar-khayyam-casino/, where you can book rooms, browse both historic and present-day photos, search packages and learn more about Cairo through a detailed destination guide. About the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino A historic building set in a historic city, the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino combines the rich details of the original Palace Al Gezirah with modern amenities and comforts. Set in Cairo's commercial center and surrounded by six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this beautiful hotel offers a resort experience and breathtaking views of the Nile. Accommodations at this five-star hotel are elegantly appointed with rich linens, a spacious desk, high-speed Internet access, coffee/tea service, minibar, air-conditioning and a TV with enough channels to keep you entertained for your entire stay. If you prefer your entertainment in a more public setting, you're just steps away from this hotel's world-class casino, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, sauna and tennis court. You can also set out to explore this magical city's top attractions including the Cairo Opera House, Coptic Church, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Mohamad Ali's Mosque, Khan el Khalili market and, of course, the great Pyramids. You can also travel around the world with this hotel's luxurious dining venues, which include Italian, International, Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisines. With 35,000 sq. ft. of event space, a 24-hour business center and stunning grounds, this Cairo hotel is a top choice for meetings, conferences and celebrations.

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      Qasr Al Agouz temple in Luxor opened

      On Luxor’s west bank, in front of Habu Temple stands the small Ptolemaic chapel temple of Qasr Al Agouz -- now awaiting visitors. After seven years of being off Luxor’s tourist map for restoration, Qasr Al Agouz Temple is officially inaugurated. Although it encapsulates a very important period in Egyptian history, the temple is virtually unknown to visitors. It dates back to the reign of King Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II and is composed of three oblong rooms, including an offering room and a sanctuary. The temple is dedicated to the god Ibis-Thoth who is represented with a human body and the head of an ibis. It is sometimes depicted wearing the lunar disc with the two phases of a full moon and crescent, sometimes also with a crown. Two deified mortals of the Late Period showing Imhotep's role as healer and holy Amenhotep-son-of-Hapu are also represented on the walls. The Ptolemaic dynastic cult is well represented, including the ancestors of Ptolemy (with no mention of the first Ptolemy son of Lagus, who was a commoner) and their queens. Scenes depicting Thoth with other gods and goddesses are also shown. “Although the temple is architecturally almost intact, its decorations have suffered a high rate of humidity and erosion,” Mohamed Beabesh, inspector chief of antiquities of Luxor’s west bank, told Ahram Online. He explained that scenes of Qasr Al Agouz are painted, not carved, which is very rare in Ptolemaic monuments and reflects the incompleteness of the building, as evidenced by the lack of decoration on the external walls which are not decorated. The temple was subjected to an epigraphic survey by Dominique Mallet in 1909 from the French archaeological institute (IFAO). The Marc Bloch Institute of Egyptology of the University of Strasburg, solicited by the Supreme Council of the Antiques of Egypt, in collaboration with the IFAO, have carried out comprehensive restoration work since 2002. The temple and its paintings were subjected to studies and research and in 2005 concrete restoration started. Beabesh said that cracks spread over the walls have been repaired, the paintings consolidated, the floor covered with bubbles to absorb subterranean water and a new lighting system installed in order to make the temple accessible at night.

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  • 26/11/2012 - NOVEMBER 2012

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      Minister: Egypt's tourism industry continues to thrive

      CHESTER, England - The latest revelation from Egypt's minister for tourism shows there is certainly plenty of optimism when it comes to the number of visitors expected to make the country their chosen holiday destination over the coming year. Hisham Zaazou has explained that while 8.8 million people have already visited Egypt within the first nine months of 2012, it has been estimated that this will rise to 12 million by the end of the year, with the last three months of 2012 a strong period for visitors coming in for the famous Nile Cruises. The reasons for these positive projections have been put down to high occupancy rates for Egypt's many hotels, with estimated visitor numbers for 2013 on track to return to the previously highs of the past few years. Mr Zaazou is hoping that around 15 million visitors will be welcomed into the country next year, an increase of 20 per cent. Traditional beach resorts like Sharm-El Sheikh are always going to be popular, while a Nile cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing holidaymakers to enjoy the plethora of sights Egypt has to offer. In fact, the winter is a great time to consider a luxury journey along the River Nile. At River Nile Cruise holidaymakers can choose from all kinds of options, so whether Luxor or Cairo is the city they find most appealing, passengers can get to stay at the places they really want to visit. With sunny and warm conditions the norm at this time of year Egypt attracts an influx of visitors who are after some much-needed sun during the day and an opportunity to cool off in the evening so they can enjoy a pleasant experience.

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      Hilton takes steps forward to minimize food waste

      International Tourism Partnership member, Hilton Worldwide, have announced a multi-year partnerships with Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network to secure food and reduce hunger in communities where it operates around the globe. The collaborations will enable Hilton Worldwide hotels to collect safe, surplus food from conferences and daily food and beverage operations that would otherwise be thrown away and make it available to those in need. Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network will each connect Hilton Worldwide hotels with local food banks and their networks of local community agencies to facilitate food delivery to school feeding programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, hospices, after-school programs and other community programs that provide food to families in need of nourishing meals. In year one, Hilton Worldwide will pilot food donation systems in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Orlando and Kansas City in the United States working with Feeding America. Working with The Global FoodBanking Network, the company will provide food to food banks in international markets, with initial efforts in Egypt. ‘Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste, while at the same time more than 850 million people do not have enough to eat,” said Jennifer Silberman, vice president of corporate responsibility, Hilton Worldwide. ‘For one in eight people globally, hunger is a reality, and Hilton Worldwide is committed to securing food resources where we live, work and travel. Partnering with Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network will help us collect safe, unused food from our hotels and distribute it to local people and organizations in need across the globe.’ Pilot activities will focus on optimizing food and beverage operations to minimize food waste, educating hotels on food banking opportunities, developing relationships between hotels and local food banks and establishing systems for donating safe and nutritious food. The partnerships will leverage key learning from the pilot locations to expand into markets where Feeding America and Global Food Banking Network are involved and to develop tools and resources that enable Hilton Worldwide’s more than 3,900 properties across 90 countries to connect with food donation opportunities locally.

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      Movenpick Resort Taba, achieves Green Globe re-certification

      Green Globe announced re-certification of Moevenpick Resort Taba in Egypt. For the past few years, this luxury hotel has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and sustainable management. The success of Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts sustainability efforts lies in its integration into their business strategy. “Once again we won another cornerstone in the global sustainability path,” said Mr. Osama Abaza, General Manager at the Moevenpick Resort Taba, “This re-certification is a testament that sustainability became a lifestyle at Moevenpick Resort Taba, and I would like to thank the entire hotel team for their commitment and ongoing efforts that resulted in maintaining this prestigious award.” A long-term sustainability management system is in effect at the Moevenpick Resort Taba where energy and water consumption is strictly monitored. In addition, the property conducts various projects on alternative green energy sources and water preservation. Waste volume, weight and reduction goals are specified, and garbage is being segregated per the hotel’s waste management policy. Packaging is reduced to a minimum and local suppliers are given preference. Awareness among guests is promoted through a comprehensive communications strategy, which includes information on natural surroundings, local cultures, cultural heritage, and appropriate behavior while visiting heritage sites. Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented: “We are extremely pleased to award re-certification to the Moevenpick Resort Taba in Egypt. This resort confirmed its leading position in Egyptian tourism for environmental awareness and fully supports the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism’s green initiatives. The Ministry of Tourism has set an integrated ‘Tourism Sustainable Development Plan’ that will continue with improvements to the tourism sector up to 2020. Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts is one of the largest hotel groups to commit to Green Globe Certification for all properties worldwide.”

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      Future travel trends explored at WTM.

      The WTM Global Trends Report has successfully predicted some significant trends in the travel and tourism industry over the last eight years. This includes gamification, or the integration of gaming dynamics in non-gaming environments to create brand awareness and loyalty, as a key industry trend for travel companies. Cape Town Tourism recently lead the way in South Africa’s destination gamification by introducing a Facebook game during October 2012. Some of the predictions of the 2012 The Euromonitor Trends Report include: • Global economic growth remains polarised, with emerging economies performing strongly, and developed countries continuing to stagnate. • The IMF predicts global GDP growth of 3.5% for 2012, down from 3.9% in 2011. • Global tourist arrivals in 2012 will top one billion, showing growth of 3.4% over 2011, driven by Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe. • Arrivals from BRIC countries continue to boost tourism, while the traditional markets of Europe and the US remain vulnerable to austerity measures and traveler caution. • Inbound spending in 2012 is predicted to show higher growth at 4.5%, reaching well over US$1 trillion due to fast-growing expenditure by visitors from emerging countries. • Medical and shopping tourism, rail, cruise and spas are expected to perform the best over 2012-2016, while online travel will continue to outperform offline in terms of value growth. • Emerging markets in particular are expected to see solid growth in online travel bookings, as internet penetration increases, along with improved payment methods. • Consumers have acquired a more central role in the travel industry thanks to more information and choice offered by the online travel revolution, impacting travel business models. The Euromonitor Trends Report for 2012 highlights shopping as a major theme, with BRICs flocking to Europe, Indians jetting off on low-cost carriers to purchase gold, and hotels being built inside shopping malls in the Middle East. Technological innovation is the driving force between the rise of smart TVs and creating new opportunities for travel brands. Americans are drawn to countries coming in from the cold, such as North Korea, Cuba and Myanmar, while Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, is a magnet for intra-regional African travel. Opportunities for Cape Town and the Western Cape include: • An increase in the number of UK holidaymakers taking more than one holiday this year could be a sign that the country’s economic fortunes are improving. Following the start of the global downturn in 2008, the proportion of UK consumers taking a holiday dropped alarmingly. However, the World Travel Market 2012 Industry Report has revealed more than half, 52%, of the 1,001 UK holidaymakers polled took more than one holiday this year, many of them to long-haul destinations. With 200,000 visitors from the UK visiting Cape Town annually, this bodes well for tourism from this key source market. • Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Chile, Nigeria and Singapore have been highlighted as the next set of emerging travel and tourism powerhouses. Cape Town and the Western Cape have strong trade relationships with a number of these countries and a focus on business exchange coupled with leisure tourism pose a definite opportunity for the region. • Travel technology is set to become more interactive and advanced with the onset of Smart TVs. Similar to smartphones, smart TVs integrate television with internet technologies and social media. The days of TV as a one-way entertainment medium will soon be over with new TV models allowing full interaction between viewers and broadcasters, advertisers and app developers, as well as among viewers themselves. In the future, people watching travel programs will be able to make immediate bookings through their smart TVs via travel apps or web links. Cape Town Tourism’s continued investment in technology and ability to speak to the digitally-savvy traveler will lead the way for the destination in an ever-increasingly digital travel arena. • The flipside of the digitally connected coin is starting to show emerge with a growing trend in international hotels offering guests a break from being constantly connected. When offering Wi-Fi is standard for many hotels –others are heading in the opposite direction and helping guests to check in and switch off, offering ‘digital detox’ holidays to help stressed consumers to relax and unwind, without texts and emails. As far back as 2008, the term “nomophobia” was used to indicate a fear of being without a mobile phone. The WTM Global Trends Report 2012 – in association with Euromonitor International – said this has prompted a rise in the number of hotel “technology-free” packages, with the chance to relinquish devices and indulge in treatments such as massages. Promoting family time or quality “human” time with loved ones is another aspect of the digital detox offering, as electronic devices weaken human communications in everyday life. Comprehensive highlights of Euromonitor’s annual World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2012 can be found athttp://www.capetown.travel/industry_blog/entry/euromonitors-emerging-tra... Said Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO: “The Euromonitor Report again sets the tone for new developments in international tourism trends. Learnings for Cape Town and the Western Cape is clear: the world is moving faster, changing more and appearing smaller as countries, regions and cultures collide and intermix more than ever before. As the tourism industry we are finding ourselves in a progressively competitive era, one of overwrought resources and huge challenges for markets once considered stable. It is critical that the tourism industry keep an eye on the over-arching trends affecting the world of international travel and continue to look for opportunities as much as prospective drawbacks –remembering the motto of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser: ‘Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.’” Du Toit-Helmbold went on to say: “The opportunities for Cape Town and the Western Cape stemming from interactions at World Travel Market as well as insight gleaned from the trends in the Euromonitor Report demonstrate that we are on the right track in the way we are positioning the region as an inspirational, must-see destination. The search for authenticity in digitally connected destinations continues – especially from our key source markets of Europe and the USA that are increasingly discerning in their travel choices. A strong focus on emerging destinations and Cape Town Tourism and Wesgro’s collaboration with South African Tourism in new source markets of Asia and the Pacific will be a determining factor in growing tourism in the next five years.” Cape Town Tourism will provide regular updates from World Travel Market and report on the themes of Responsible Tourism, Airline access and social media over the coming days. We are sharing live updates on twitter as the trade show unfolds. Follow us on twitter @CapeTownTourism or connect with our CEO, Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold on @MarietteDTH who is representing Cape Town and the Western Cape at WTM.

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      Does Tourism Promote Peaceful Coexistence ?

      Tourism professionals and tourism scholars have long grabbled with the question if tourism promotes peace. Certainly this is a concept that tourism industry professionals want to believe. Yet, the answer to this intellectual query is not cut and dry. The basic assumption of those who see tourism as a peace generator is that tourism allows people to know each other, to work with each other, and to learn to appreciate each other’s cultures and by so doing come to appreciate each other. Tourism then is a giant “communication generator” that allow mutual understanding and therefore appreciation of the other. Thus, in 1988 Louis d’Amour called tourism “the world’s peace industry”. Others, including academics agree. Thus, Levy and Hawkins in 2008 wrote in an article entitled: “Peace Through Tourism: Commerce Based Principles and Practices” and stated that: “a positive framework of peace can include influences such as transparency, material well being, culture and education”. Is this assumption true, or do we need to question these concepts a bit further? Can we argue that the idea that tourism promotes peace should not be taken as axiomatic, but rather as a hypothesis that needs to be studied? Mistakes can be costly, and can produce multiple negative results. For example, many criminologists believe that poverty produces crime, yet the data seem to contradict this belief and policies based on this hypothesis have failed. In the same way is the jury still out as to whether tourism does or does not promote peace?

      To make this assumption even more difficult there is no one standard definition of tourism. Many people mean different things when they say tourism, and there are multiple forms of tourism ranging from family vacations to business trips, from sun and surf vacations to visits to poverty and disaster sites. In a like manner there is no one definition of “peace.” When we use the word peace, do we define it: as the absence of war, or the absence of violence, or do we define peace as mutual understanding and a sense of appreciation of the other? Is peace through tourism defined as a lack of hostilities between nations or do we define tourism peace as the ability to live or visit a place without undue probabilities that the resident or visitor will be physically harmed? These are major questions. If we mean to state that nations that engage in tourism interchanges never enter into war, then it is not hard to find multiple counter examples to this hypothesis. In fact, most nations that have gone to war have had tourism interchanges before entering into hostilities. In a like manner, there are a number of nations around the world which are technically “at peace” but within whose borders there is a great deal of hostility and violence. Can we relate physical criminal acts with the lack of peace? Lastly there is the issue of civil wars. Clearly there are many situations in which the citizens of the same country know each other, have shared a great deal of commonality and most likely have had internal tourism, but for other reasons have chosen to go to war. Do we need to ask in these situations, why did tourism not prevent war? Just as there is no one definition of peace, so the tourism literature is not absolutely one sided when it comes to the question of tourism promoting peace. For example in their article, Tomljenovic, R. and Faulkner B. (2000) noted: • an increase in such (tourism) contacts may intensify and perpetuate misconceptions about foreigners; • the presentation of tourism as a 'peace industry' is a ploy to disguise its true impact; • the proposition that travel improves understanding is a Western, rather than universal perception; and • attitude change at the individual level has little impact on policy development at the national level. Furthermore, most tourism professionals know that there is a great deal of tourism that is not an in-depth experience, but from a cultural or personal interchange perspective superficial. To complicate the issue still further there is also the class difference between many tourists and the tourist providers. This class differentiation between the tourism consumer and the tourism provider is especially true in cases of tourism from the developed world to underdeveloped world.

      Not all tourism is “good tourism”. Thus, many of the Caribbean islands and some Southeastern Asian nations have had to deal with the issue of sex tourism or even worse child sex tourism. In those cases, we may expect that the “cultural interchange” was anything but positive. Much to the contrary, it may be possible to hypothesize that the greater the numbers of tourists who come to these underdeveloped lands, the higher the resentment factor and the less likely that feelings of comradery develop. Finally, it is highly imaginable that in places where customer service is lacking, where visitors may be subject to becoming crime victims, and where visitors may prey on locals, that the interchange between cultures may be far from positive. The data then seem to be far from conclusive. We can find many examples where tourists and locals have shared very positive experiences, but we can also find counter examples where exposure to another culture, especially when it goes against the tourist’s cultural or moral principles produces negative intercultural feelings rather than positive ones. An example of the latter is bullfighting. A visit to a bullfight may produce a better understanding of Spanish culture or it may simply reinforce negative feelings toward Spanish culture. Here are some ideas to help use your tourism product as a peacemaker rather than as a hostility/resentment producer: • Make sure that your community is as safe and secure as possible. While no one can guarantee 100% security, the safer your community, the higher the probability that the visitor will not have a negative experience. • Be true to yourself and be the best that you can be. Know that you are different from your visitors. If you were the same they would most likely not come, so promote who you are and be proud of your own culture. Never try to be what you are not. • Stress customer service. Some things are universal, for example showing that people care, smiling and a sense of compassion are universal concepts that can win lots of friends. • Know your community’s own strengths and weaknesses. Not every tourism site will appeal to every visitor. Niche market, go after those people who will most benefit from what your locale has to offer. • Focus on the individual. You are not responsible for national policy, for international terrorism or economic disagreements. Instead build relationships on a one-by-one basis. • It is not clear if tourism actually generates peace or not, but what is clear is that providing a safe, clean and caring locale makes life a whole lot nicer not only for visitors but also for the local residents. By Dr. Peter E. Tarlow

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      Egypt's studio photography explored in exhibit through historic archive

      'On Photography' exhibition at Studio Viennoise opening on 14 November discovers contemporary approaches to studio photography through historical examples, with a chance for the audience to take part in image production
      The On Photography exhibition, opening on 14 November in Studio Viennoise, will be looking at contemporary approaches to photographic studio practice through an exhibition of selected historical examples. The exhibition pays tribute to well known, along with forgotten photographers. They show video testimonials describing some of the practices of the "last studios" as well as current practices. Visitors can participate in image production through the Living Studio; a working photography studio where each photographer and artist will recreate their own practice, producing artwork that will later be showcased at the end of the exhibition. Various talks, film screenings, master classes and photo sessions with selected photographers will take place throughout the exhibition until 16 December. During the closing reception Finissage production of the Living Studio will be displayed. The exhibition is curated by Heba Farid and Paul Geday and is part of the Photographic Memory of Egyptproject by Cultnat. Programme: Soft opening, Wednesday 14 November, 7:00pm Closing event 16 December, 6:00pm 7 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

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  • 07/10/2012 - OCTOBER 2012

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      Mövenpick M/S Hamees long cruise. will be starting from 05/04/2013 the long cruise Cairo / Luxor / Aswan and Aswan / Luxor / Cairo ,

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      Beach tourism unaffected in Islamist-led Egypt

      Egyptian beach tourism is here to stay, the tourism minister in the Islamist-led administration said on Tuesday, saying any Islamic investment in the sector would complement but not replace resorts that are part of an industry vital to Egypt. Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou is tasked with reviving an industry that accounted for 10 percent of economic activity before an uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak 19 months ago, sending both investors and tourists packing. Questions have swirled around the future of the industry, as Islamist groups outlawed under Mubarak moved to the heart of public life, culminating in the Muslim Brotherhood's victory in the first real Egyptian presidential election earlier this year. Brotherhood officials have typically sidestepped questions on the future of beach resorts that include Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea, often dismissing the topic as marginal and saying there are more important things to worry about. Asked about the future of such resorts, Zaazou -- a senior tourism ministry official before taking his new post in the cabinet appointed in August - gave an unequivocal answer. "It will not be changed. Nothing will affect beach tourism. We are building on, increasing even, the capacities and the services rendered for our clients coming to our beaches," he told Reuters. Though Egypt is renowned for pharaonic antiquities, its Red Sea beaches in particular draw many Western and other tourists. "The current government, the current president is backing tourism at large. Everybody is aware that beach tourism constitutes 70 percent of the traffic coming to Egypt. It will continue to do so," the minister said. "If there is investment in special kinds of beach tourism for, let's say, Arab investors or Islamic investors as mentioned before, we are welcoming that on top, not in replacement of the current beach tourism," he added. He was speaking on the sidelines of a business conference, one of a series initiatives to attract investors and boost growth in an economy struggling to create enough jobs. The government has said it will promote tourism. But the task of drawing back tourists has been complicated by internationally televised scenes of violent street protests last week over a film that denigrated the Prophet Mohammad. Zaazou said Egypt aimed to increase the number of visitors from a projected 12 million in 2012 to around 15 million in 2013 -- a number that would equal the number of visitors in 2010. "If we view the tourism industry as a factory, then it is ready for operation tomorrow morning," he said. The government aimed to attract 30 million tourists by 2020, he said. By then, he said the industry should be generating $25 billion (15.3 billion pounds) in revenue per year - double the $12.5 billion it generated in 2010. (Reuters)(Reporting by Tom Perry; editing by Ron Askew)

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      Egypt invests in tourism and film to boost economy

      Since the 2011 uprisings that brought Hosni Mubarak's long stay in power to an end, Egypt's economy has struggled to get back to its feet. This is largely due to the departure of tourists and investors who fled following the instability that rocked the
      country. In years gone by, Egypt was a hub for investors who flocked the country in search of new markets. It is during this time that the economy experienced a huge boom, with a growth rate of approximately 7 percent annually. However, as a result of the turmoil that followed, that has drastically changed and in the latest financial year, the growth was a mere 2 percent. During Mubarak's reign, tourism contributed 10 percent to the economy. However, riots such as the recent protests targeting the U.S. embassy over an insulting film about Prophet Mohammed, have dealt a blow to the sector. Numerous travel warnings have been issued by foreign governments as a result. Luxor city is one of the cities that greatly depend on tourism. It boasts numerous attractions, the main one being the Luxor temple that was built in 1300s BC. Recently, the temple was the venue for the opening gala of the maiden Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival which was sponsored by both private and public institutions as well as the Culture Ministry. The festival celebrated Egypt's potential in the tourism and film industries. This festival is among many that the Egypt Tourist Authority sponsors. It has invested in about 35 others. The General Manager of the organization hailed the significance of the festival stating that it showcased Luxor's potential, stability and attractions to the entire world while also inviting tourists to flock back to the region.The undersecretary on the other hand expressed his belief that the wide coverage the event had received would help restore the tourism sector to its former glory. Indeed, the industry has a lot of revenue potential. Quality films can be exported to film lovers not only in the region but also other parts of the world. They would particularly be a big success in the Arab market as Egyptian Arabic is a widely understood language. The government, through the Ministry of Culture has taken steps to revive the sector by financially supporting film makers. 37 films have been released as a result. In addition it provides 50 percent of the film budget. It also continues to support all film festivals including the upcoming Cairo Film Festival.
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      Taba-Aqaba tourist route opens after lengthy closure

      The Taba-Aqaba tourist maritime line was re-opened yesterday, following 18-month closure. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, who patronized the re-opening, said the line would serve the two countries' tourism interests, as more than 250,000 tourists use the route annually, generating about $250 million of revenues for both countries. The Egyptian premier called on the private sector in both countries to enhance partnership and promote their tourism products in order to bolster tourism revenues and enhance tourists' movement between the two countries. Jordanian Minister of Tourism Nayef Al Fayez, who attended the ceremony, said the route's closure had negative impact on tourism between Aqaba and Taba. The minister valued relaunching the route, stressing its role in supporting the two countries' economies and tourism revenues. The tourism maritime line between Aqaba and the Egyptian resort of city of Taba was closed by Egypt in accordance with a sovereign decision. Throughout the closure, the Jordanian concerned authorities were following up with the Egyptian side to ensure the reopening of the route.

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      Opening the project of development and restoration of Salah El Din's Citadel in Pharaoh's Island at Taba.

      The project of development and restoration of Salah El Din's Citadel in Pharaoh's Island at Taba ,has been opened on 29th October 2012. The project of development and restoration of Pharaoh's island at and all what it includes from archaeological sites specially Salah el Din Citadel and the completion of the infrastructure of the island, electricity, water network and building a Marina to transport visitors by boats, in addition to developing signs and facilities for visitors , and the implementation of the largest project to illuminate the island in order to facilitate the visits by night. Taba has many attractions , where the availability of all types of tourism , Recreational, Cultural, Safari and Archaeological Tourism. The cultural tourism exists in the citadel of Salah El Din ,and leisure tourism where the most beautiful coral reefs around the island for scuba diving and marine activities , Safari tourism for visiting valleys near Taba as Tawibah Valley which contains antique inscriptions for many civilizations successive Sinai as the inscription s of The Arab Nabateans since the second century BC , also the way from Taba to tha Nakab formed a painting of natural sculptures formed by erosion.

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      The Apis tombs at Saqqara Necropolis back on Egypt's tourist map

      The Serapeum is one of the main tourist attractions in Saqqara, discovered by archaeologist August Mariette in three stages in 1851-1854, during his business trip to Egypt to document and list Coptic manuscripts in monasteries. While waiting for permission from the Patriarch of the Coptic Church, Minister of State for Antiquities (MSA) Mohamed Ibrahim recounted to reporters, Mariette went on an exploratory trip to discover Egypt’s monuments and archaeological sites. During his trip, he found several engravings bearing the name of Osiris Apis and, asked about that name, archaeologists told him that it was the god of Saqqara. Mariette then went to Saqqara, where he discovered the Apis bull tombs and called them the Serapeum, a name used by French historian Strabon referring to Serapis. From 1851 and 1854 Mariette managed to discover the two parts of the Serapeum: the vaults including the tombs of Apis bulls from the 18th to the 26th dynasties (still under restoration); and the great Serapeum which has now been restored, consisting of a long corridor lined with 24 Apis bull vaulted tombs with granite sarcophagi.

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      CHIKUDO&FRIENDS; Japanese Traditional Music Concert 2012

      Chikudo Takahashi and Takahisa Kawasaki first performed together in Osaka in 2011 . The duo ,displaying their perfect musical pairing , has subsequently performed together at Takahashi's concerts in the western areas of Japan, among others. Chikudo, who has a deep knowledge of popular traditional entertainment styles, gives highly entertaining "talks" in between performances , which are greatly enjoyed by audiences. On this tour ,Chikudo's apprentice, the shamisen player Kentaro Suzuki, of whom great music is being expected , will also perform. Cairo , Egypt from 21 to 23 October 2012 These Concerts will be from 21 to 23 October 2012 , at Conservatoire, the Acadamy of Arts , Sawy Culturewheel , and the Small Theatre ,Cairo Opera House.

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  • 10/09/2012 - September 2012

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      The USA, Japan and China lifted on Tuesday 4/9/2012 their ban on tourists travel to Egypt

      The USA, Japan and China lifted on Tuesday 4/9/2012 their ban on tourists travel to Egypt, said Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou. Egypt received 360,000 tourists, from the USA, 126,000 from Japan and 107,000 from China in 2010, the Minister added. He has welcomed Japan's decision to downgrade its travel warning to Egypt, seeing it a very important step toward reviving the flow of Japanese tourists to the country. The decision, however, excludes the Sinai Peninsula and the border area with Libya, Zaazou noted after talking with Japan's Ambassador in Cairo Norihiro Okuda. Okuda told Zaazou Japan is confident that the Egyptian government would spare no effort to protect tourists and improve services offered to them.

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      Tourism Begins to Return to Its Normal Level

      The Egyptian Tourism begins to recover and returns to its normal level, said Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou at the opening of a workshop on tourism here in Hurghada on 1/9/2012. Zazou stressed the importance of holding the annual conference of the German conglomerate travel agencies in the Red Sea resort of el-Gouna during the current critical period in Egypt. Europe will remain Egypt's key partner in the tourism sector, Zazou said, underlining that the number of German tourists in the first six months of 2012 hit 500,000, with a 33.6 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. The tourist nights reached 6.7 million, with a 40 per cent rise compared to the same period last year, the minister added. He further disclosed that a series of meetings would be held with experts in the private sector to draw up a strategy for the Egyptian tourism and solve problems facing the tourism industry.

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      Museums in Matrouh and Siwa Oasis to be established

      The Ministry of Antiquities is planning to establish two museums in the governorate of Marsa Matrouh to display antiquities depicting part of the history of the area. One museum will contain two thousands pieces discovered in the past few years from the Pharaonic, Greek, Roman and Grecian eras. The other will display Siwa Oasis’s heritage and digs discovered in the area. On the other hand, discussions are ongoing on the development of Rommel’s Cave, where Rommel used to plan the eastward offensive against the Allied forces that ultimately ground to a halt at Al Alamein. Cleopatra’s spring-fed pool in the Springs of Juba, where it is assumed that Cleopatra actually bathed there is also in the plan to develop the area for visitors and tourists

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      1st Luxor Festival for Egyptian and European Cinema

      Under the auspices of The Egyptian Tourist Authority, The First Luxor Festival for Egyptian and European Cinema is taking place in Luxor from 17th to 22nd of September 2012. Noon Organization for Culture and Arts is organizing this annual festival which aims to open channels for cultural and artistic exchange among Egypt and the other countries. This Festival aims to strengthen film awareness in Egypt and Europe and to encourage Egyptian and European film makers through monetary value and discretionary prizes. The festival will show about 50 films and hosts about 125 directors, actors, producers, and media from Egypt and Europe ( Belgium, Croatia , Estonia, Finland, France , Germany, Greece, Holland , Macedonia, Poland, portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain , Serbia, Switzerland, and The United Kingd

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      The Pharaons Rally 15th edition in the Egyptian desert

      Under the auspices of the Ministry of tourism, the 15th edition of the Pharaohs Rally will take place from September 29th till October 6th in the most beautiful sites in the Egyptian desert. Over one hundred teams registered to participate in the Pharaons Rally, among the major names are Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves, the very tough Team Speedbrain Husqvarna , the Norwegian Pal Anders Ullevalseter, winner of the 2004 Pharaons race,the Danish Jes Munk, as well as the Venezuelan Team with Eraso, Cardona and Querales. The Pharoans Rally 2012 competitors will run for almost three thousands Kilometers starting from the Pyramids Panoramic site to Abu Minqar then it gets back in the Capital city after six days. The Rally will be extended on six stages across the Egyptian desert showing the varied territory from the hard ground esplanades to the soft dunes, to the soft terrain.

      Planetary alignment pyramid scheme

      What the heck is in the air this past week? First we see a simulated image of the sky from Mars go massively viral because people thought it actually showed Earth in the Martian sky, then a clearly Photoshopped pic of two "Suns" setting on Mars gets passed around. And now a new slice of oddness enters the field: a picture of a planetary alignment over the Giza Pyramids, saying this only happens once every 2737 years. Because planetary alignments and the pyramids play such a large role in New Age/astrological beliefs, there is clearly some sort of spiritual message implied here. Well, I hate to be a thricely-bursting-bubble person, but here we go again, again. Let me be clear: while there will be an event more-or-less like this in December, and it should be pretty and quite cool to see, the claims being made are somewhat exaggerated. The picture itself isn’t real, and the planets won’t really look like that from Giza. Also, alignments like this happen fairly often, though to be fair getting them spaced out to fit over the pyramids in this way probably is relatively rare.

      Busting your Cheops Here’s the picture making the rounds:

      It clearly shows the three pyramids in Giza, Egypt, with three planets above them. There are various versions of this picture I’ve seen; most are like this with almost no explanation. Some say the planets are Mercury, Venus, and Saturn, and some mention this is what it will look like on December 3rd, 2012, just before sunrise. First, this obviously cannot be an actual photo if the event hasn’t happened yet! This must be a Photoshop job. That’s fine if it’s only to show what things are supposed to look like, and no one is claiming this is an actual photo. However, it hardly matters. There are lots of other problems with this planetary alignment claim.

      What’s your angle?
      The first thing I did when I saw this was ask: is there really going to be a close conjunction of three planets on December 3rd? The answer is yes! Mercury, Venus, and Saturn will all be within a relatively small distance of each other in the sky on that date. This isn’t a particularly tight configuration like Venus and Jupiter were earlier this year – in this case, they’ll be 14 degrees apart, nearly 30 times the width of the full Moon on the sky – but it’s still pretty nifty. The second thing I did, though, was ask myself: will they really look like that in the sky as seen from Giza? The answer this time is no. I used the software planetarium program SkySafari to show what the three planets would look like in the sky before sunrise on December 3rd as seen from the location of the pyramids, and got this:
      In this picture, the yellow line is the ecliptic, the path of the Sun in the sky through the year. The green horizontal line is the horizon, and the three planets are labeled. Note the angle of the planets: in the picture going viral, the planets are much closer to horizontal, but in reality the line connecting the planets is at a much steeper angle. It’s nearly vertical, in fact. This may not seem like a big deal, but having the planets closer to horizontal like in the viral picture is more spectacular than what will really happen, exaggerating the claim. Not only that, but in the pyramid picture the planets are almost exactly on a line, like beads on a string. But as you can see in the picture above, they’re not nearly that colinear. Again it’s looking like the pyramid picture is exaggerating the situation.
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      I noticed something else funny as well. Here’s a satellite view of the three pyramids, courtesy Google maps:

      In this picture, north is up and east is to the right. The planetary conjunction happens before sunrise, and as you can see from this satellite view you have to face southeast to see it. That means to see the planets and the pyramids together you’d have to be to the northwest of the pyramids. I added an arrow to the picture here to show that. From that position to the northwest, the biggest of the three pyramids (Khufu) will be on your left, and the littlest (Menkaure) on your right (this map may help). You may see where I’m going with this. Look back at the viral picture, and you’ll see they got the pyramids backwards. The little one is on the left (the one in the middle looks like it’s the biggest, but I think that’s a perspective effect due to the telephoto lens used and the angle of the shot, but that’s because it’s built on ground 10 or so meters higher than the big pyramid), which means this picture was taken to the southeast southwest of the pyramids, facing northwest northeast. [Note: a few folks have pointed out I was close, but off a bit. Because the pyramids overlap in the picture, the camera viewpoint is clearly close to being in line with them, making it more like south-by-southwest of the pyramids and facing north-by-northeast. This doesn't change my argument though: the planets would still be behind you!] In other words, if you were standing in the spot where the viral photo was taken and faced the pyramids, the planets would be behind you. Oops. Again, this may be forgivable if the picture is just supposed to be an example of what you’d see. But it’s more evidence that this event may not unfold exactly as claimed. Medium rare Finally, there’s this claim of a planetary alignment only happening every 2700 years or so. That’s not strictly true, but there’s wiggle room here. Planets orbit the Sun, and we see them moving in the sky (the word planet translates as "wanderer" in the original Greek). Because they orbit the Sun more or less in the same plane as the Earth, we see them passing each other as we all move around (imagine watching a NASCAR race from ground level; the cars appear to approach and pass each other as they go around the track). So we see planetary conjunctions all the time, literally every year. At least, with two planets we do. What about three? Well, that happens a lot as well, and when it does it almost inevitably includes Mercury and Venus. Venus and Mercury are closer to the Sun than Earth is, which means two things: a) they orbit it more rapidly, so the configuration changes all the time, making any given conjunction pretty common, and 2) they never get very far from the Sun, meaning you’ll find them near each other in the sky every year or so. That also means that as another planet – say, Jupiter or Saturn – orbits the Sun, eventually it will pass one or both of these planets in the sky as well. This isn’t a particularly rare event! Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus had a lovely conjunction earlier this year, in March 2012 (though to be fair Venus and Jupiter were quite close, with Mercury being well below them in comparison). The particularconfiguration claimed – Mercury – Venus – Saturn – happens relatively often as well. In fact, there was one in 2005. To be fair, the wording of the claim does sound like they’re saying this conjunction combined with the relative spacing over the pyramids is much more rare. That might very well be true. But even forgiving the inaccuracies of the picture, I find it very difficult to find this anything more than coincidence. There are many, many landmarks on the Earth, and many ways the planets can arrange themselves in the sky. Why not ask how often planets will be near each other and rising near the heelstone at Stonehenge as seen from some particular angle, or aligned with the ziggurats in Central America, or the Moai at Easter Island? And there’s always Manhattanhenge. The point is, things like this seem almost supernatural, but part of that is because you’re choosing the location after the fact. If you ask how many places there are like this, and how many times the planets "align", it doesn’t seem quite as mystical. Things are looking up! Don’t get me wrong: it would actually be pretty cool to see this planetary/pyramid alignment.

      Someone putting themself at just the right place to the northwest at just the right time might be able to get the three planets aligned with the three pyramids. That would be very pretty, and I’d love to see it personally! But I wouldn’t assign any spiritual significance to it beyond that. And hey, part of my job is to promote astronomy and get people looking up. If you happen to be in Egypt in December and get some good shots of this event, send ‘em to me! I’d love to see them. And if you can think of some other place on our fair planet where this conjunction would make for a nice photo, I’d love to see those, too. After all, the sky is pretty, and fun to observe, and amazing to understand. In my opinion, just grasping it as it is should be good enough.

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  • 22/08/2012 - August 2012

    • Word of Wisdom of the Month

      "Formula for success: under promise and over deliver".

      Eid: Celebration For The Young And Old

      As of August 19th, 2012, Ramadan will end and we will start the period of the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is usually a three day holiday in Egypt. The word Eid is an Arabic name that means a festivity, a celebration, a recurring happiness, and a feast. In Islam, there are two major Eids namely "Eid al-Fitr" (Festival of Breaking the Fast) celebrating the end of Ramadan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
      Ramadan and "Eid al-Adha" (Festival of Sacrifice) which coincides with the Hajj and commemorates prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep in place of prophet Ishmael. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims after fasting the month of Ramadan as a matter of thanks and gratitude to Almighty Allah. It takes place on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the lunar calendar (1). Eid al-Fitr is a happy celebration with new clothes, gifts, and plenty of good food. Though technically, Eid al-Fitr is one day, Eid festivities usually last three days in Egypt with vacations for schools, universities and government offices. Some stores and restaurants are closed during Eid, too. The Eid day starts with a small snack followed by Eid Prayers (Salat al-Eid) in congregation attended by men, women and children. Afterwards neighbors, friends and relatives start greeting each other. The most common greeting is "Eid Mubarak" (Have a blessed Eid). Children are normally given gifts, which traditionally are new clothes to wear throughout the Eid. Also, women (particularly mothers, wives, sisters and daughters) are commonly given special gifts by their loved ones. It is customary for children to also receive a "Eidyah" from their grown-up relatives. This is a small sum of money that the children receive, to spend on all their activities throughout the Eid. Children wear their new clothes and go out to amusement parks, gardens or public courtyards based on how much their Eidyah affords. The amusement parks can range from the huge ones on the outskirts of CairoNile, felucca Nile rides is one common feature of Eid celebration in Egyptian villages, towns and cities. For a lot of families from working neighborhoods, Eid celebration also to small mobile neighborhood rides consisting of swings, much like a neighborhood carnival. In a lot of neighborhood courtyards, kids also gather around a storyteller, a puppeteer or a magician mesmerized by Egyptian folktales or by a grownup’s sleight of hand. It is also customary for kids to rent decorated bikes to ride around town. Eid is a time for family gatherings and since a lot of Egyptian city dwellers are first or second generation immigrants from towns and villages, those gatherings can involve traveling and thus it is the busiest time of the year for highways and trains. Since most Egyptians live in close proximity to the includes picnics in green areas including parks, zoos, botanical gardens and even green islands on major roads. The families gatherings involve cooking and eating all kinds of Egyptian food but the item most associated with Eid al-Fitr are Kahk (2) (singuler=Kahka) which are cookies filled with nuts and covered with sugar powder. Egyptians either bake it at home or buy it in the bakery. Thus, a bakery crowded in the last few days of Ramadan with Kahk buyers is a common scene. TV in Egypt celebrates Eid, too, with a continuous marathon of movies as well as programs featuring live interviews from all over Egypt of both public figures and everyday citizens, sharing their Eid celebrations. So if your Egypt visit coincides with Eid, you can either share with Egyptians their celebrations or catch-up on your shopping by benefiting fromCairo’s and Alexandria’s commercial districts’ least crowded days of the year. * The author is a grown-up who still longs for his Eid days as a child.

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      Egypt's Morsi Orders Top Military Officers to Retire

      He said the president has named Mahmoud Mekki as his vice president, that he is ordering Defense Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi to retire, along with Army Chief of Staff Sami Annan. Morsi was shown on state TV swearing in his new Defense Minister, Abdel Fattah al Sissi. The new defense minister said he swears to protect the nation and its presidential system and to respect the constitution and the law, to defend the people's interests and the borders of the country. It was not immediately clear if the president's decision would provoke a constitutional crisis. Field Marshall Tantawi and top generals of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces had given themselves powers before the presidential election that some analysts compared to a “check-and-balance” system. The unexpected moves by the president came as tensions mounted between him and top officers of the armed forces council. Photos showed Mr. Morsi and Field Marshall Tantawi tense and unsmiling as they visited the Sinai in recent days, during a government military operation against Islamist militants. Essam Elarian, the head of President Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party, said Egyptians have been “dreaming of a fair democratic system for more than 60 years.” The Egyptian military seized power in 1952 and every leader until Morsi has belonged to it. Defense Minister Tantawi was named to the post by former President Hosni Mubarak in 1991. A former US ambassador to Egypt once described him as “Mubarak's poodle,” according to a document leaked by the website Wikileaks. It was not immediately clear how the Egyptian army would react to the president's decision to relieve the top commanders, or if the country's top court might attempt to reverse the decisions.

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      Hilton Hotel Unveils Worldwide Spa Trends

      A new Hilton Blue Paper entitled "Emerging Global Spa Trends" was recently released. The paper among other things discusses the significant role played by male-spa users. The report contains insights from various industry experts such as the founders of high quality spa product brands, the Hilton Worldwide spa team and other leaders. The Hilton Blue Paper also features a survey of six thousand respondents who come from China, Australia, Great Britain and the United States. They offer additional regional and global insight. One of the major findings of the research is that about fifty percent of the respondents reported that the availability of a spa in a hotel is one factor that determines whether they choose to stay at the hotel or not. Respondents from China cited the presence of a spa as very important and they were followed by Australian respondents. Spas play an essential role in differentiating the services offered by hotels whether they are hosting business or leisure travelers. This is what Dave Horton, who is the global head of the Hilton Hotels and Resorts said. He further said that the new research shows the essential role spas play when it comes to customer decisions about booking a hotel to stay at especially in the Chinese market, which is rapidly expanding. He stated that through the studies, they found out that sixty percent of travelers reported that they were likely to visit the spa at the hotel they were staying at. The Hilton Blue Paper identifies spa behavior and spa goers based on their age. It highlights the main motivators and differentiators for every age group. It discusses the modern spa guest who is more savvy and enlightened about how efficient spas and related products should be. The report also shows the important role men play in the global spa industry and how efficient spas should tailor their services towards this audience. It discusses the reasons why spas should offer consistent services while being flexible. It offers information about the important role played by spas in the hotel industry. They offer hotels a competitive advantage in driving revenue, booking and attracting local customers besides overnight guests. It displays the importance of business travelers who seek various methods of decompressing between meetings and extending their visits to achieve a blended travel experience. It offers insight on the regional trends that experts identified in many parts of the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas. According to Tyra Lowman, who is the senior director of full service and luxury brands, global spa of Hilton Worldwide, global spa trends are usually consistent all over the world. She said that successful spa concepts on a global scale are those that provide reliable services across their portfolio. They also respect regional differences by offering treatments and services that are influenced by the location of the hotel.

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      Kerry Guy: An Australian Writer and Photographer Falling in Love with Egypt

      “As our plane hovered above Cairo Airport waiting to land, I immediately knew that I was home. Involuntary tears ran down my cheeks as I saw the wonderful lights of Egypt for the very first time in my life”. That was Kerry Guy’s * impression upon her first visit to Egypt in 1991; a visit that signaled the beginning of a mystical love story between Egypt and the Australian writer and photographer who has been living in Egypt for more than ten years now. It all started when one of her friends offered her, as a gift, a visit to Egypt. Although it had never occurred to her that she would make such a visit, the prospect of it was really enthralling. Of all the places she visited in Egypt, Alexandria was particularly enchanting. “Alexandria captivates me with every wave that washes upon its glistening shore. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in particular always captures my attention and fills me with awe. Maybe this tomb speaks so eloquently to me since it was the North Coast that hosted my grandfather for some time during the Second World War”. She sees Alexandria as a city with manifold voices, all echoing its history and heritage. In her first short trip to Alexandria, she managed to make a collection of seashells, with each shell whispering a different piece of wisdom and opening her eyes to a new wonder. One of these wonders is the strange bond uniting Egyptians in general, and Alexandrians in particular; a bond which she describes as being “almost tangible”. Soon afterwards, she found herself falling under the spell of this wonder. Though she had the opportunity to live a far more luxurious kind of life in her homeland, she felt Egypt was her real home the moment she set foot in it. “I didn’t choose to stay in Egypt – Egypt chose that I stay here!” she explains. When her trip came to an end, she felt really dismayed, yet she knew that some day she would return. “Somewhere deep within me I trusted that I would come back, but just to double check, I made sure I drank from the water of the Nile”. And so it happened! She returned to Egypt, with an everincreasing infatuation with its history, culture and shores. In Egypt, and particularly in Alexandria, she embarked on a totally new life, venturing upon things that Egyptians themselves never did, socializing and intermingling with the downtrodden classes. She worked, saved money and spent more. Her outlook totally changed as she delved deep into the core of life in Egypt. The job that fitted her the most was to become a tour guide, whereupon she would have more chances to connect with the real essence of Egypt. From Kerry Guy’s experience in tourism and art, she has found out that the greatest memories most tourists take home are related to the Egyptian spirit – to the people and their hospitality. She justifies her vision by her view that “Egypt has a heart like no other country, and when a tourist’s heartbeat pulses in harmony with Egypt’s, the bond is eternally cemented”. When the 25 January Revolution broke out, Kerry Guy had been on a tour with one of her groups in Siwa Desert. “The desert which I’ve known to be calm and peaceful became tumultuous on that day as if it were in harmony with the energy of Tahrir Square. We The White Desert Mohamed Ali Mosque The Temple of Ramses II Issue 24 August – October 2011 13were in the midst of a sand storm while Cairo was in the midst of an unprecedented emotional storm”, she recalls. Fear started to find its way through their hearts and veins just as danger disseminated throughout the country, with phone lines being cut off and the police withdrawing. Kerry Guy was the one responsible for her group and the plan was to reach Cairo Airport before the curfew. “As we approached Cairo, the curfew hours were lengthened and so we knew we had no chance of making it to the airport. Fear overtook us as we drove into Cairo. Army tanks were everywhere. Looters were everywhere. Vehicles were overturned and burnt. People were frenzied”, she states. Luckily, the tourists made it safely to their homes, but she insisted on remaining in Egypt. Before the Revolution, she had great plans for tourism. She even wrote several unpublished books about Egypt and its shores. Notwithstanding the current state of affairs, Kerry Guy is still endeavoring to accomplish her mission as she still believes in her Egypt. She still maintains great faith in Egypt’s ability to recover from the drop that has befallen tourism. “Patiently, and with some forethought, Egypt can regain its stature in the field of tourism. This country is so special and millions of tourists come here because they sense this. Some tourists save for almost a lifetime to make their journey to Egypt possible”, she explains. She firmly believes that whatever happens, “Egypt will always be a place that enchants foreigners, but the vital key is to make it easier for them to reach it and to safeguard them once they set foot in it”. Kerry Guy’s interests are varied. She believes that writing and photography enhance one another. “Sometimes I have absolutely no clue as to what I will be writing about until I see a picture that sparks a string of thoughts; at other times, I jump out of bed filled with inspiration and then spend hours looking for the right picture that fits my words”. “Be proud, be patient, be open-minded, be strong, be forgiving and never give up hope” this remains her motto in life and her rallying cry for Egyptians to work for the welfare of their country. * Kerry Guy’s website: http://www.kerryguy.com/inspirational-journey/

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      Egypt Independent: Tourism-related bodies support Shafiq in runoff

      Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism assured it would provide buses for its employees so they could vote for Ahmed Shafiq at the run-off. The Egyptian Federation of Chambers of Tourism on Sunday announced its support for Ahmed Shafiq in the presidential election runoff slated for 16 and 17 June. “We support him for his clear vision and support of the important tourism industry,” said federation chairman Elhamy al-Zayat. Hossam al-Shaer, chairman of the Chamber of Travel Agents, said all employees would take a holiday during the election to cast their ballots. “And we will provide transportation to take them to the polling stations,” he said, adding that they account for some half a million votes. “The West sees Shafiq as a liberal, which is reassuring,” Shaer said. “Also, the Freedom and Justice Party’s program for tourism is weak and shows that the party does not care about the industry.”

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      EGYPT ON THE HUNT FOR NEW TOURISM MARKETS

      Egypt's plan of looking for other tourism markets such as Japan and the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries to further increase tourism profit and meet the USD 25 Billion revenue planned for 2017. According to the tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdul Noor, the country already has a number of tourism plans such as reducing airport fees, launching aggressive tourism campaigns funded by the product sector, and the introduction of new tourism projects such as the Sharm Al Shaikh eco-tourism project to help increase tourist number to 14.7 million, the average number of tourists before the uprising. In addition, the minister added that their traditional tourism markets are nearing saturation and shows no signs of improving. This time, they are eager to welcome the BRIC and are happy that the Japanese are once again coming back. Already, a new airline is in the works to service Cairo and Tokyo as well a second one planned for Cairo and Osaka. Tourists stay longer At present, there have already been favorable results largely due to the 32 percent increase in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year. Likewise, tourists now spend an average of 11.6 days in that period noting the influx of Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian tourists according to the minister. Analysts such as Gavind Samson of Christie & Co Mena noted that among the countries involved in the Arab uprisings, it seems Egypt is recovering the fastest. He also mentioned that to achieve the same number of tourist arrivals as before the uprising, hotel rooms would have to be cheaper than usual. But with Europeans visiting Red Sea resorts, away from the Tahrir protests in conjunction with the effective tourism projects in place, Egypt is sure to recover faster than expected, he added. Abdul Noor recalled how Egypt accommodated 14.7 million tourists in 2010 before the revolt bringing USD 12 Billion of tourism income. Shortly after the uprising in 2011, the tourist arrivals dropped to 9.8 million and income slumped to USD 8.8 billion. This reflects a 33 percent drop in the number of visiting tourists. The tourism minister also added that there is a private sector fund set up by Egypt's tourism industry to help fund tourism promotion and advertising. When asked if the conservative lawmakers in Egypt may pose a problem to the recovering tourism industry, he remained firm in believing that the new democratic government prohibits responsible and accountable public officials from making damaging decisions to the important tourism sector because it can damage their public image as well as the image they portray to the parliament and the press. Encouraging Tourists to Visit According to Abdul Noor, the Egyptian pound's value could go down by up to 10 percent but this nevertheless reflects positively on the tourism industry. Despite the fact that there have been budget concerns in the country, it still prides itself in having little outstanding debts as well as having strong credit worthiness allowing the country to borrow more funds, said Abdul Noor at the conference. To help improve tourism after the problems arising from the 2011 revolution, the country is giving incentives to low-cost carriers with the hopes of reducing airport fees in Aswan thereby resulting to more flights, more than the 120 planes a day on weekends at the Red Sea at present. The minister also added that the number of tourist arrivals have decreased by 17 percent below the figures in 2010. He hopes this will improve knowing that tourism makes up 11.3 percent of Egypt's GDP while providing employment to 17 percent of Egyptians.

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      Sabre and EgyptAir sign multi-year distribution agreement

      Sabre Travel Network Middle East and EgyptAir renew deal to drive airline growth and boost tourism in Egypt. Sabre Travel Network Middle East (STNME), a technology company serving travel suppliers and agencies, and EgyptAir, the national airline for Egypt, have signed a multi-year distribution agreement. The agreement provides Sabre-connected travel agents around the world with access to the carrier’s full range of air fares. Captain Hossam Kamal, chairman and CEO of EgyptAir, said: “Egypt is the ultimate destination for adventure, ancient architecture and hospitality. “Our relationship with Sabre will help the airline and the country with its ongoing expansion strategy. The exposure to agents through Sabre’s global network means Egypt’s wonders are accessible to the world.” Daniel Naoumovitch, STNME’s chief executive, said: “Sabre and EgyptAir have shared a longstanding relationship for the past decade. This new deal strengthens Sabre’s presence in Egypt and will power the airline’s growth plans. “With our strategic offices in Cairo and Alexandria, we are confident this partnership will grow and prosper further.” EgyptAir fares will be accessible by more than 350,000 travel agents who use the Sabre global distribution system putting Egyptian tourism back on the map for the world. Approximately $100 billion of travel is purchased through this channel annually. Sabre operates in Egypt from Cairo and Alexandria. With a total of 21 offices in 11 countries across the Middle East and North Africa region, Sabre is the only global distribution system provider with a head office in the region. Sabre GDS currently offers the best fares for more than 400 airlines, 100,000 hotels, 25 car rental brands, 50 rail providers, 13 cruise lines and other global travel suppliers. EgyptAir joins a growing list of more than 400 airlines that have chosen the GDS to sell to travel agencies. Sabre recently announced agreements with VIM Avia and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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      Steigenberger rolls out Nile cruises

      THE Steigenberger Hotel Group announced that beginning from October 2012 it will, for the first time, commence operations of three luxury cruise ships namely Minerva, Legacy and Omar El Khayam cruising the River Nile and Lake Nasser. In an unprecedented attempt, Steigenberger is to begin operating three luxury cruise ships on the River Nile and Lake Nasser in Egypt. As of October 2012, the five-star deluxe cruise ships will offer the high quality of the Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts for the first time on floating hotels. The cruise ships Steigenberger Minerva and Steigenberger Legacy will operate on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan in three, four and seven night itineraries, whereas the Omar El Khayam will operate on Lake Nasser between Aswan and Abu Simbel in three and four night cruises. All three luxury vessels have been recently constructed and offer 70 to 80 cabins, including elegant suites, and a range of restaurants and pools.

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      For the St. Louis Art Museum, a Legal Victory Raises Ethical Questions

      In certain respects, the tale of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer follows a familiar script: like many disputed antiquities, the Egyptian funerary mask was unearthed last century and quickly vanished, spending nearly 50 years in obscurity before resurfacing on the European art market in the late 1990s. The St. Louis Art Museum soon bought the mask -- an elaborately tooled cartonnage of blended gold, glass and linen. It has since become the centerpiece in a bitter ownership dispute between the museum, which claims clear title, and Egypt, which charges the mask was plundered from a government storeroom. But this story went decidedly off-script last year after U.S. officials, acting on Egypt's behalf, entered the fray. The feds informed museum leaders that they believed the mask was stolen, and they intended to use the courts to seize the artifact and return it to Egypt. But where some museums might have simply handed over the goods, St. Louis went on the attack, filing its own a pre-emptive lawsuit that claimed the statute of limitations had expired -- an aggressive challenge from an institution that has repeatedly defied calls to release its grip on this pricey piece of loot.

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      Croatian mummy found to suffer from Hand-Schuller-Christian disease

      Around 2,900 years ago, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes. When he died he was mummified, following the procedure of the time. The embalmers removed his brain (through the nose it appears), poured resin-like fluid into his head and pelvis, took out some of his organs and inserted four linen “packets” into his body. At some point the mummy was transferred to the 2,300 year-old sarcophagus of a woman named Kareset, an artifact that is now in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia. The mummy transfer may have been the work of 19th-century antiquity traders keen on selling Kareset's coffin but wanting to have a mummy inside to raise the price. Until now, scientists had assumed a female mummy was inside the Egyptian coffin. The new research reveals not only that the body does not belong to Kareset, but the male mummy inside was sick.

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      Philae's Hathor temple gets facelift in advance of formal inauguration

      To the east of the famous Isis temple on the island of Philae in Upper Egypt, workers and archaeologists are busy at work. They are cleaning and restoring the massive stone blocks that once formed the temple of Hathor, which is being rebuilt and restored in order to be officially inaugurated next month. Time has since taken its toll on the temple, which was built by King Ptolemy VI and extended during the reigns of Ptolemy VII and Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius. Many of the temple's stone blocks have deteriorated; its walls, meanwhile, are riddled with cracks.

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      Being the official partner at ITB Berlin 2012, Egypt prepared and performed an opening ceremony for the event that was nothing less than astounding. The performance brought forth the plethora of arts, cultures and eras of history that this rich country has witnessed and conveyed them in captivating artistic dances that mesmerized audiences from across the globe. The first segment of the performance, named “Colours of Egypt”, comprised five parts that collectively combine different dance styles representing different eras and regions in Egypt. The dance as a whole beautifully highlights the whirl of colours, styles and musical rhythms that form the soul of the country. The highlights of this performance were the Pharaonic Dance, the One Thousand and One Nights performance, El Saidi dance, a dance inspired from the Upper Egyptian Tahteeb dance, the traditional Alexandrian flirtatious dance and the esoteric dance; the Zar that is culturally performed to get rid of evil spirits. Following the opening performance was the "Malgré Tout" ballet that reflects the feeling of new beginning in Egypt after the 25th of January Revolution and the hopes of the people for the better future of their country. This innovative performance portrays the stages that Egyptians went through during that difficult time, and all the way through to today. Malgré Tout concludes with an impromptu “Moulid” (Arabic for a local festival) that breaks out. All the dancers invited the audience to join them in a colourful fusion of people and instruments all combined together in joy and celebration for a message of harmony, peace and welcome. The evening’s festivities also included an authentic Nubian performance during dinner where El Toboul El Noubia“The Nubian Drums” moved through the dining hall creating a soundscape that reflected the fusion of cultures and musical styles throughout Egypt. The hosts of this spectacular evening were Egyptian actor and activist Khaled El Nabawy and Egyptian actress and former Miss Egypt for Miss Universe and Miss World; Dalia El Beheri. Together Khales and Dalia introduced the eternal beauty of Egypt in a 3D film that showcased a diverse list of attractions such as superb beaches, spectacular desert scenery and a wealth of historical sites dating back thousands of years. Don’t forget to put on your special glasses.

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      A press conference focusing on the attractions for the general public at ITB Berlin 2012 took place at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Hall 5.3. Speakers were Egyptian Senior Assistant Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou on the side of Egypt the Official Partner country of ITB Berlin 2012, Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President, CompetenceCenter travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin, and David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin. The press conference was presented by ITB Berlin Press Officer Astrid Ehring. Dr. Buck and Mr. Ruetz welcomed Egypt as official Partner country of ITB Berlin 2012 and then gave a briefing about this years' all-round ITB Berlin activities including country activities, travel raffles, extra shows and exhibitions, digital activities as well as the opening and closing ceremony. The word was then handed over to Hisham Zaazou who held a compassionate speech about Egypt's touristic status quo after the revolution and tagged the ITB partner country project as a chance to rebuild tourism for Egypt. He gave a full briefing about all activities at and around ITB: Starting from "Project ANKH" the outdoor art project, to the food carts all over Berlin and the concert of Samaa band in the famous Gedaechtniskirche in the city centre of Berlin up to the theme of fusion at the grand ITB Opening Ceremony describing the panorama walkway "Egypt The Place and The Time", the folkloric dance show "The colours of Egypt", the ballet Malgré Tout (In Spite of Every Thing) of the Cairo Opera and a Moulid where guests will be invited to dance with the performers. After the speech there was a quick question and answer round before the speakers came together for a photo shoot in front of one of the ANKH sculptures, created by contemporary artist Mohamed Radwan, which depicts the faces of Egyptians of all backgrounds, ages, moods, reflected on the Ankh as the actual source for Egypt's eternal spirit of survival.
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      Pall-bearers struggled to get the white coffin out of the vast St Mark's cathedral, pushing through a sea of mourners who threw rose petals and waved white lilies, as others pressed forward to try to touch the coffin, causing it to tilt several times. Coptic hymns and incense filled the church, as clergy, officials and choir boys wept and waved goodbye to their spiritual leader – the head of the Middle East's largest Christian community. Shenouda died on Saturday, leaving behind a community increasingly anxious about the rise of Islamism and political uncertainty. During the funeral service, Shenouda's body, dressed in robes and a gold crown, lay in an open coffin, as patriarchs of Orthodox churches said prayers. Members of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces attended the service as well as the speaker of parliament, Saad al-Katatni, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and several Egyptian ministers, MPs and public figures, both Christian and Muslim.


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      We Launched one of a kind four suites new Dahabeya S/B Feddya, each suite has a different colour scheme/design with a dedicated butler ready to serve his guests at any time of the day.


      Each suite has a private outdoor area consisting of, either a patio or balcony with a panoramic view. It also includes coffee & tea making facilities, LCD with satellite receivers, air conditioning & private bathrooms. For more boat details & itinerary please visit our website page link http://www.traveline-eg.com/CSP/Default.aspx?A=1&P=126 Meanwhile, we will take the opportunity to announce to you the new handling & managing company for all Traveline cruises starting from Ocotber 2012 wil be Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in Egypt as per below

       


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      Our recent announcements and developments at Mövenpick Hotel & Resorts in Egypt. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts are expanding rapidly in Egypt, which emphasizes the company’s confidence in Egyptian tourism. With the addition of three new resorts on the Red Sea (in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and in Abu Soma), four rebranded Nile cruisers & one Dhabya, the international upscale hotel company of Swiss heritage is evolving as one of the major upscale hospitality providers in the region. S/S Misr, King Farouk’s former private yacht from 1918 will now cruise under the Mövenpick flag. Mövenpick Nile Cruisers offer even more options for cruising the river Nile after boosting their fleet in October 2012 with the historical steamship ‘Misr’ and four more boats, the M/S Sun Ray, Darakum, Hamees and Feddya. The hotel management company will then operate a total of seven ships on the Nile and one on Lake Nasser. Originally built by the British Royal Navy in 1918, later converted into a luxury Nile steamer for King Farouk, ‘Misr’ is the only steamship on the Nile, and is a true time capsule that rekindles the nostalgia of a golden age, but with true luxury accommodation, cuisine and service. ‘Misr’ has 16 cabins and eight suites that recreate the days of Louis XV and XVI, memories of the British and Ottoman Empires and the stunningly cool chic of art deco. The Sun Ray, Darakum and Hamees are among the largest and best-appointed craft on the Nile. Sun Ray and Hamees have a comfortable and contemporary design while Darakum features a Moroccan inspired decor. All have five decks and on four of the decks offer a wide range of spacious cabins and suites with panoramic views of the Nile and feature air conditioning, satellite LCD TV, mini bar, safe and private bathroom with tub. Feddya is an exclusive and unique sail boat featuring four spacious suites, two with balconies & two with patio, a dining room and lounge.

      In March 2012

      We were honored a Familiarization trip of different travel agents from Australia organized by Scenic and here is their feedback after touring for a week around Egypt.

      Good afternoon All,
      I would like to take this moment to say thank you on behalf of Scenic Tours and all the travel agents who participated in the recent Scenic Tours familiarization tour to Egypt. Everyone had a delightful time experiencing the wonderful sights and beauty that is Egypt, along with the welcoming hospitality received from all of our partners. You truly made each and every one feel welcome and went above and beyond to ensure they enjoyed their time in your country. They have come home with many fond memories and no doubt we should all see some positive flow on effect in future bookings. Please cascade our thanks to all relevant departments within your company who may not be directly on this email. This was a great opportunity to showcase the destination and as always I thank you for your continued support. With warm regards.

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      CAIRO: Egypt’s government has decided to resume the sailing of Nile cruises from Cairo to Aswan as of mid-May after a 15-year suspension. This comes within the framework of encouraging tourism. It was also decided to re-instate the Cairo-Tokyo flight on Egypt Air as of mid-April to attract Japanese tourists to Egypt. These remarks were made by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Fayza Abul-Naga in a joint press conference with ministers of tourism and water resources and irrigation after a meeting with Ganzouri.
      The interior minister presented a detailed plan to provide security to these Nile cruises, marinas and different tourist sites, she said. “We are responsible for protecting tourists and citizens as well,” she said. Ganzouri will hold a meeting mid-April to follow up what has been implemented in this respect, said Tourism Minister Monir Fakhri Abdel-Nour. Abdel-Nour voiced optimism over restoring the level of tourism as security in the country is enhanced. Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hisham Qandeel said that his ministry will focus on providing the sufficient water depth for the navigation of these ships and modern navigation systems.

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      ITB Berlin 2012 Egypt Press Conference

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      A press conference focusing on the attractions for the general public at ITB Berlin 2012 took place at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Grounds in Hall 5.3. Speakers were Egyptian Senior Assistant Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou on the side of Egypt the Official Partner country of ITB Berlin 2012, Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President, CompetenceCenter travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin, and David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin, Messe Berlin. The press conference was presented by ITB Berlin Press Officer Astrid Ehring. Dr. Buck and Mr. Ruetz welcomed Egypt as official Partner country of ITB Berlin 2012 and then gave a briefing about this years' all-round ITB Berlin activities including country activities, travel raffles, extra shows and exhibitions, digital activities as well as the opening and closing ceremony. The word was then handed over to Hisham Zaazou who held a compassionate speech about Egypt's touristic status quo after the revolution and tagged the ITB partner country project as a chance to rebuild tourism for Egypt. He gave a full briefing about all activities at and around ITB: Starting from "Project ANKH" the outdoor art project, to the food carts all over Berlin and the concert of Samaa band in the famous Gedaechtniskirche in the city centre of Berlin up to the theme of fusion at the grand ITB Opening Ceremony describing the panorama walkway "Egypt The Place and The Time", the folkloric dance show "The colours of Egypt", the ballet Malgré Tout (In Spite of Every Thing) of the Cairo Opera and a Moulid where guests will be invited to dance with the performers. After the speech there was a quick question and answer round before the speakers came together for a photo shoot in front of one of the ANKH sculptures, created by contemporary artist Mohamed Radwan, which depicts the faces of Egyptians of all backgrounds, ages, moods, reflected on the Ankh as the actual source for Egypt's eternal spirit of survival.

      Egypt's Awarded the Best Display Pavilion at the Stuttgart Holiday Exhibition 2012

      The CMT Stuttgart Holiday Exhibition is one of the leading events related to tourism held at the beginning of each year. The Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt took part in this event with a 50 m2 booth, and in the Stuttgart Golf & Wellness Holiday exhibition with a 30 m2 booth.The CMT Stuttgart Holiday Exhibition includes more than 1900 exhibitors from 96 countries and received this year around 250,000 visitors to discover unique travel experiences in Europe and interact with the leading experts from the related field. The participation of Egypt in this exhibition was preceded by organized trips by the Egyptian Tourism office in five of the major German cities; Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Koln with intensive advertising campaigns in major German newspapers and magazines specialized in tourism and travel, and the participation of professionals and exhibitors to demonstrate the most popular Egyptian destinations for Germans, including El Gouna Red Sea, Port Ghalib and Soma Bay Resorts. Two hundred touristic offices participated in the event. Egypt's booth allocated a round table for each exhibitor and presentations were made on tourism in Egypt, focusing on the beaches and re-boosting cultural tourism. The event aimed to increase the travel agents' awareness in regard to Egypt's natural potential and components, including activities such as golf, desert trips, oases and health tourism. The Egyptian Tourism Authority will be organizing several events both in Egypt and Germany, to promote Egypt as a key partner of ITB which is to be held in March 2012, including organizing a press conference in Luxor to announce the event to 300 German Travel agents with the presence of media specialists.

      Sheraton Cairo Closed for Major Renovation

      Starwood hotels & Resorts announced that the Sheraton Cairo Hotel Towers & Casino has been closed as of 1 October 2011 to allow renovation works to be completed while ensuring an on time re-opening in the summer of 2012. The renovation, which began in 2010, is considered one of the most comprehensive ever done within an operating property. The project includes 656 fully renovated guest rooms, nine renovated restaurants and bars, a new entrance, new façade, fully-equipped business center, new ballrooms, health club and lobby. All public areas will continue to reflect the historical standing of the hotel as one of the city’s landmarks since its opening in 1970.

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      2nd phase of Khufu solar boat project

      After being buried in the sand for 4,500 years, King Khufu’s second solar boat will soon be displayed next to its twin on Egypt's famous Giza Plateau lifting the blocks the first khufu's boat At an international press conference held on Egypt's Giza Plateau next Monday, Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim is expected to announce the launch of the second phase of the Khufu solar boat restoration project, which is being carried out in collaboration with a Japanese archaeological team from Wasida University. Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the team would collect samples of the boat’s wooden beams for analysis on Monday in order to draw up accurate plans for the boat's restoration in a special museum located on the plateau. The first phase of the project, carried out two years ago, assessed the area surrounding the second boat pit with the use of topographical radar surveys. A large hangar has since been built over the second pit, with a smaller hangar erected inside to cover the top of the boat itself. The hangars were especially designed to protect the wooden remains during the project's analysis and treatment phases. A laser scanning survey has also documented the area, particularly the wall between the Great Pyramid and the boat pit. Ibrahim pointed out that the first phase had also included the raising of 41 stone

      blocks that had covered the pit containing Khufu's second solar boat for the last 4,500 years. The second boat, found along with the first one in 1954 by late Egyptian archaeologist Kamal El-Malak, is currently on display at a special museum on the northern side of Khufu’s Great Pyramid. The first boat was removed piece by piece and reconstructed by late Egyptian engineer Ahmed Youssef over the course of a 20-year period. The second boat remained largely buried in sand until 1992, when a Japanese archaeological team from Waseda University offered a $10 million grant to unearth, restore and display it to the public. Abdel Hamid Maarouf, head of the ministry's ancient Egypt department, said the team had cleared the pit of insects and found a hieroglyphic cartouche bearing the names of Fourth Dynasty King Khufu and Crown Prince Djedefre. Ali El-Asfar, head of operations at the Giza Plateau, said that the Japanese team had also found that water had leaked from the nearby museum housing the first solar boat. The leak, they noted, had adversely affected some of the boat's wood, making it necessary to quickly wrap up the analysis phase and restore the water-damaged wood.

      Inauguration of the Suez National Museum

      The Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs and General Mohamed Abdel Moneim Hashem, Governor of Suez, inaugurated the Suez National Museum last month. The opening was a big celebration to coincide with the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, in recognition of the city of Suez as it was the first city to launch, the first spark of the revolution. The 48 million Egyptian pounds project in Suez is built over ??6000 m² and houses 2,500 archaeological pieces that tell the story of the city of Suez from prehistoric times to the modern era. The Suez Museum will display, in one big hall, archaeological artifacts and illustrations that reveal the modern history of Suez and the residents’ battles against the British occupancy, and will also highlight the struggle of the city that lasted for many years until their victory in the October 24th, 1973 battle. The museum is also equipped with 221 electronic guide systems in Arabic, English and French, in addition to 48 fixed surveillance cameras. The Minister of Antiquities confirmed that the feasibility study conducted for the project before the kick of work in early 1994, confirmed that the museum is expected to originate important revenue. The museum, that is to be listed among the main Egyptian touristic sites, is expected to receive more than one million visitors per year. The Minister called on for the foundation of an association for the Museum’s friends, from the youth and businessmen to promote it both locally and internationally. The Suez National Museum is a modern, two-storey building. The ground floor includes an exhibition hall, stock rooms, a VIP Lounge, a library, a cafeteria and administrative offices. While the first floor displays the uncovered archaeological pieces and the second floor includes six exhibition halls each specialized in a different era of the ancient Egyptian times. The museum’s building is surrounded by a 10 m² garden and a 12 thousand m² parking area. The museum also includes, in an adjacent area, restoration laboratories equipped with the latest equipment for restorations.

      Humble Museum Aims for Rebirth

      Also known as the Gezira Art Center, the museum, occupying an early-1990s building in the neo-Islamic style, forms part of the cultural complex centered around the Cairo Opera House on Gezira Island, west of central Cairo.CAIRO — A diamond in the rough, the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art houses works by more than 1,500 Egyptian artists, mostly from the middle and late 20th century, including the internationally renowned painters Mahmoud Said and Abdel Hadi Al-Gazzar and the sculptor Mahmoud Moukhtar. The international curator Till Fellrath, speaking in a telephone interview last month, called it “the most comprehensive public collection of Egyptian — or Arab, for that matter — modern art in the world.” For a museum aiming to showcase Egypt’s contribution to 20th- and 21st-century art, this highlights a problem. Among the 15,000 works in the collection, many are mediocre. Others are in desperate need of restoration and the lack of adequate resources to manage so large a collection shows through in poor lighting, inconsistent labeling, haphazard organization and general neglect. Overshadowed by Egypt’s pharaonic and medieval Islamic heritage, and the more recent upsurge in interest in contemporary Arab art, the country’s modernist artists elicit scant respect. In part this is because successive authoritarian leaders, from President Gamal Abdel Nasser onward, dictated the rules of artistic practice, resulting in often propagandistic work, akin to Soviet social realism or the Chinese art of the Cultural Revolution. Yet, ignoring Egyptian art from this period is a huge mistake, say Mr. Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, founders of Art Reoriented, an independent curator based in Munich and New York, which specializes in organizing exhibitions of Middle Eastern contemporary art. “Even if one is not impressed by the social-realist propagandistic painting from the Nasser era, it is important to be aware of the entire spectrum of artistic production,” Mr. Fellrath said. “This collection serves as an unparalleled record and archive of that, despite variances in the quality of works.” The Art Reoriented curators were in Cairo in October and November to look for works to include in an exhibition, due to open in October at Bo Zar, the Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, exploring, among other themes, the encounters between Egyptian and European artists in the modernist period. Several Egyptian artists, including Georges Sabbagh and Mr. Moukhtar, lived and worked in Europe alongside Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti and Amadeo Modigliani. Inspired by archaeological discoveries, all referenced pharaonic and other Egyptian art and artifacts. Yet, while the Europeans won acclaim as trailblazers, their Egyptian contemporaries were belittled for creating ethnic art. “Thus cut out of the conversation, their contributions to modern art have been largely ignored,” Mr. Fellrath said. The result of this neglect has been to diminish their standing even in terms of Arab art. “In the West, discussion of contemporary art inevitably goes back to modernist artists such as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, or movements such as Cubism,” Mr. Bardaouil noted. “But no Arab artist is equally regarded as the precursor to contemporary art from this region.” “If we want to create a narrative of multiple modernities, which allows us to break out of viewing modern art through the lens of a center — Europe — and peripheries, bringing this artwork into the main picture is so important,” Mr. Bardaouil said. For the construction of that narrative, the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art’s collection is a “resource lying dormant that needs to be activated,” he said. Since taking charge of the collection in 2009, the museum’s director, Salwa Hamdi, has been trying to do just that. “The artists in our collection are on par with international artists who pioneered Modernist art around the world and deserve more recognition,” she said in an interview at the museum in November, describing it as “one of the most important museums not only in Egypt, but throughout the Arab world.” Over the past two years, Ms. Hamdi has taken initial steps to improve the museum’s infrastructure and organization, including the creation of an online database to keep track of the collection — and particularly works on loan to public buildings and embassies. Now that the museum’s management is under better control, her next move, she said, will be to rehang the collection in a way that better showcases the pioneers of modern Egyptian art. “See that?” Ms. Hamdi asked, pointing to Mahmoud Said’s celebrated painting “Al Medina” (The City, 1937, oil on canvas). “This is our most important piece. What is it doing hiding over the entrance so people have their backs to it when they walk in? It should be the first thing they see.” The rest of the collection, now scattered haphazardly around the building, would be displayed chronologically and arranged by major schools or movements, she said. The third floor, reserved for thematic contemporary exhibitions, will be renovated and equipped with electrical circuits, projectors and speakers to accommodate new media art and large-scale installations that the museum hopes to add to its collection this year. To reinforce the contemporary collection, Ms. Hamdi said she aimed to “acquire a lot more work by well-established artists whose formalistic and conceptual strength equals that of the Modernist pioneers.” Still, financial constraints, in the straitened circumstances of postrevolutionary Egypt, seem likely to limit what she can do. The museum’s operating and acquisition budgets are both funded by the government, and Ms. Hamdi, while declining to go into detail, made clear that money is tight. “The greatest challenge that I face as director is securing the financial means to meet the needs of the museum and to develop it — and to properly pay the persons working in it,” she said.

      Grand Egyptian Museum scheduled for inauguration in 2015

      Egypt's Antiquities Minister announced the start of the final phase of construction at the Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled for inauguration in 2015. The new museumis being built on the Cairo-Alexandria Road, overlooking the Giza Pyramids. Ali said that the project will cost LE5 billion, adding that the Japanese government had provided a large part of the funding as a soft loan to be repaid within ten years of inauguration. The present phase of construction is scheduled to last three years and four months, ending in August 2015. The opening was previously scheduled for March of the same year. The project, that was the initiation of the previous Minister of Antiquities, currently provides 5,000 job opportunities, with another 15,000 work opportunities expected once it is opened. The new museum will secure a substantial income for Egypt.

      Technology leads the way at ATM 2012

      AS technology continues to be the leading trend in the travel industry Arabian Travel. Market is now vigorously promoting the benefits of online visitor registrations. The trend of visitors choosing to register for Arabian Travel Market 2012 online prior to their arrival onsite is now growing to such an extent that pre-registered visitors now outnumber those registering onsite at the show. The trend has been slow to emerge, but it has gathered pace, especially over the last two years. Between 2007 and 2009 pre-registered attendees averaged 35 per cent of the total visitors registered. However, last year 54 per cent of visitors had pre-registered online prior to the show and we see that trend accelerating.

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  • 04/02/2012 - February 2012


    • Word of Wisdom of the month: "Wisdom is the sharing of wise experiences and knowledge. The difference is how we apply this knowledge. We all have the ability to keep going even when we face challenges in our lives. Basically it comes down to your attitude, is it positive or negative."

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      It has been difficult this year and despite we have the revolution. In January 2012, Traveline was awarded by Kuoni to be the overseas agent of 2011 in recognition of outstanding performance and client satisfaction. Traveline exceeded the Worldwide company target in Kuoni UK league tables to be number one for 201

      Egyptians move to reclaim streets through graffiti

      CAIRO — The conflict between Egypt's ruling military and pro-democracy protesters isn't just on the streets of Cairo, it's on the walls as well, as graffiti artists from each side duel it out with spray paint and stencils. Earlier this month, supporters of the ruling generals painted over part of the largest and most famous antimilitary graffiti pieces in the capital. The military's supporters then made a 15-minute video using footage posted by two young men stenciling pro-revolution graffiti and wearing Guy Fawkes masks, the grinning face made famous by the movie "V for Vendetta". In an attempt mock the revolutionary street art, the military supporters declared in their video, "The police, military and people are one hand," and, "The military is a red line." They posted the video online, calling themselves the "Badr Battalion" and describing themselves as "distinguished Egyptian youth who are against the spies and traitors that burn Egypt." It was an ironic turnabout, with backers of the authorities picking up the renegade street art medium of revolutionary youth. During the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had almost no graffiti on the walls of its cities. But when the uprising against Mubarak's rule erupted a year ago, there was an explosion of the art. Taking control of the streets was critical for the thousands of Egyptians who eventually overthrew the country's authoritarian leader. The battle continues to be fought by graffiti artists who support the country's military rulers and those who want them to relinquish power.
      Since Mubarak's fall on Feb. 11, graffiti is everywhere in Cairo and other cities, proclaiming the goals of the revolution and mocking the regime. Graffiti artists have continued to work, using walls, buildings, bridges and sidewalks as a canvas to denounce the generals who took power after Mubarak as new dictators and to press the revolution's demands. Usually anti-military graffiti has a short lifetime before it is quickly painted over or defaced with black spray paint. And just as quickly the artists put up more. The graffito that pro-military supporters painted over had survived remarkably long. Mohamed Fahmy, known by his pseudonym Ganzeer, put it up in May under a bridge. It depicts a military tank with its turret aimed at a boy on his bike who balances on his head one of the wooden racks that are traditionally used to deliver bread — though instead of bread, he's carrying a city. It was a symbolic reference to revolutionary youth who care for the nation, heading into a collision with the generals. Quickly after it was partially stenciled over, a new graffiti was up, depicting the country's military leader as a large snake with a bloody corpse coming out of his mouth. Only on msnbc.com Why are fans paying medical bills for skier Burke? Afghan combat role to end; US forces still at risk Help wanted at Apple plant, Chinese line up Facebook effect: Will charities get some IPO dough? Pakistan, NATO officials downplay Taliban report Air shipment of 60 lab monkeys blocked, PETA says Christo sued over plan to drape river with fabric Graffiti has turned into perhaps the most fertile artistic expression of Egypt's uprising, shifting rapidly to keep up with events. Faces of protesters killed or arrested in crackdowns are common subjects — and as soon as a new one falls, his face is ubiquitous nearly the next day. The face of Khaled Said, a young man whose beating death at the hands of police officers in 2010 helped fuel the anti-Mubarak uprising, even appeared briefly on the walls of the Interior Ministry, the daunting security headquarters that few would dare even approach in the past. Other pieces mock members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the council of generals that is now in power, or figures from Mubarak's regime. When a police officer was captured on an Internet video shooting at the eyes of protesters during clashes, his image immediately dotted walls, urging people to find the "Eye-Sniper." State television is another frequent target because it has become the mouthpiece for the military's proclamations that protesters are vandals, thugs and part of a plot to throw Egypt into chaos. One graffito shows the word "Occupy" written in the shape of the State TV building. Stickers plastered on walls show the words "Go down to the street" emerging from a television set, a message to the so-called "Couch Party," people who sit and watch the protests on TV. "It's about a message in the street. It reaches the poor, the rich, the trash collector, the taxi driver," graffiti artist Karim Gouda said. "Most of these people are away from the Internet and the social networking world so it's a way to reach them." Not everyone is receptive. Gouda said he was accosted by residents as he put up posters depicting a rotting face with the words "open your eyes before it's too late" in the impoverished Cairo district of Sayeda Zeinab. They accused him of trying to create civil strife and of trying to encourage Egypt's Christian minority to take over from the Muslim majority. Such accusations about activists were rife at the time after an October protest by Christians in Cairo, which was crushed by soldiers, killing more than 20. The residents tore down Gouda's posters and chased him out of the neighborhood. Advertise | AdChoices Under Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule, political expression on the streets was repressed by his powerful police forces. Once every five years, parliamentary elections would see the country littered with posters for elections that always favored the ruling party. Billboards advertising a lifestyle that only a privileged few could afford for companies whose owners were often closely affiliated with the regime towered over the sprawling slums of Cairo, a bustling city of some 18 million people. "It's liberating to see," blogger Soraya Morayef said of the proliferation of street art. Morayef, who has dedicated her blog Suzeeinthecity to documenting graffiti artists' work, said the street art reflects what happened in the whole country. "The fear barrier was broken," she said.

      Egypt partners in ITB Berlin 2012

      Egyptian tourism will be witnessing a prime event during 2012, as Egypt has been named Country Partner in the ITB Berlin 2012, which will take place during the period from March 7th to March 11th, 2012. Egypt will be the first Arab Country to be hosted as a Country Partner in the ITB Berlin. The ITB Berlin hosts around 17,000 visitors, and is considered the largest international congregation for experts in the tourism industry. This prime event provides Egypt with an ideal platform and a unique opportunity to present its diverse touristic portfolio, which makes it one of the world's most attractive holiday destinations all year round to the German and international markets. In 2011 and during the first months of 2012, the Egyptian Tourism Authority has, and will promote Egypt as a country partner in the ITB Berlin in all exhibitions and international forums, such as the IMEX held in Germany in May 2011, and the WTM held in London in November 2011. Besides, a promotional campaign for the event is set on the official website of the Egyptian Tourism Authority" egypt.travel" and also through various social networks. Furthermore, the Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt has been participating in all important events taking place in the various cities of Germany, especially the Tutankhamen exhibition in Wiesbaden held in June 2011, the World Equestrian Festival held in August 2011, the Berlin International Economics Conference held in September 2011, the Global Forum for the Development and Enhancement of Communication between the air carriers and airports in October 2011, as well as, the 4th Annual Golf Tournament, initiated in Germany and was ended in Hurghada, Egypt, with a closing ceremony at Habo Temple in Luxor in December 2011, in the presence of a huge media coverage. The Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt, also exploited all major events held by the German Chamber of Commerce to promote this event, as well as other cultural activities across Germany. Over and above, intensive advertising campaigns, aiming the Trade sector, were launched in major German publications specialized in tourism and travel, as well as, organizing a number of trips for major German tour operators and travel agents, perhaps the most important was a trip in cooperation with the Turkish Airlines in Germany and with Sun Express for charter flights. In terms of advertisement aiming the public, the Egyptian Tourism office in Frankfurt prepared an intensive campaign to cover the fair before, during and after, using all traditional and non-traditional means of advertising to support Egypt's media presence, starting January 2012. Also, The Egyptian Tourism Authority will be organizing several events, in Egypt and Germany, to promote this important occasion, which includes a press conference on the 20th of December to announce the event, and will also sponsor a number of artistic events such as the concert of Sama3 Band to be held in January in one of the churches in Berlin, whereby a message of love and peace will be sent from Egypt to the whole world. A second press conference will be held in Berlin in February 2012 to promote Egypt as a key partner in ITB, besides other cultural and artistic events, confirming Egypt's presence as a prime touristic destination. On another note, Egypt's Pavillion will be held at Hall No. 23A of the International Congress Center in Berlin in an area covering 2526 m² with the participation of 120 travel agencies and hotels. The "Unique Fusion "and "All-Round Welcome" will be the main themes further expressed through the design of the Egyptian Hall where the Ankh iconic symbol of life, one of the Pharaonic icons of ancient Egypt will be the consistent visual cue for Brand Egypt in the ITB, over and above exhibiting touristic products in Egypt and a model of an Egyptian bazaar will be set, displaying handicrafts products and folkloric activities, to reflect the true Egyptian spirit, offering tourists a unique and lively experience of an old Egyptian souk. The event will also witness the launch of the new advertising campaign, "We Are Egypt," a message of peace and hospitality sent by the people of Egypt to the whole world, inviting them for an unforgettable experience.

      Egypt hosts the London - Cairo - Cape Town 2012 World Cup rally

      Under the patronage of The Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourist Authority the World Cup rally 2012 was hosted in Egypt from 8 - 10 January 2012 and began from Alexandria and ran through Ain Sokhna and Safaga. This event is considered to be the first of its kind to cross Africa from its Northern tip on the Mediterranean Sea, till the Southern-most point at the Cape of Good Hope, in Cape Town, South Africa. The kickoff event falls in line with Egypt's strategy of hosting important historical, cultural and artistic events in the region. In addition to that Egypt is considered to be a popular destination for tourists from around the globe and this event reflects the efforts of the Egyptian Tourist Authority to promote tourism through various international sporting events. Commenting on the event, Amr El Ezabi The Chairman of Egyptian Tourist Authority, said, "This is the first time that the World Cup rally passes through Egypt, which stands as an opportunity to highlight Egypt's important diverse features as a tourist destination. This event also provides an opportunity for competitors to enjoy the ancient Egyptian history and experience its modern sense of adventure and exciting activities which include prominent international events that signify Egypt's importance on a global level." The British Prime Minister had officially flagged the race off in front of London's House of Parliament on the 1st of January 2012. Participants then passed through France, Italy, and Greece, before crossing the Mediterranean to Egypt. Following their arrival the competitors will be spending 2 Nights in Egypt with a variety of off-road sections to tackle, after which they will board a ferry to Sudan then will drive through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and finally reach South Africa and Cape Town where the Prime Minister of South Africa will welcome the competitors at the finish line on the 28th of January 2012 and conclude the event. The London to Cape Town World Cup Rally included over 100 competitors from 15 different countries across the globe and includes various unique classic categories of vehicles manufactured between 1924 and 1980, in addition to 4X4 vehicles. The car classes are designed to demonstrate the "ultimate road-test for a reasonably priced car" and a supreme driving adventure through the 15,000 kilometer rally.

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      Faith tourism: one of the fastest growing industries

      Faith tourism may seem a minor branch of the industry, yet numbers suggest it is one of the most expansive segments which have significant potential. Visiting religious sites has long been a priority for believers; no matter what religion, those truly devoted are ready to travel thousands of miles to pay homage to a place or area significant to their faith. In fact, large groups of travelers plan their religious holidays way in advance to make sure their experience is perfect. Thus, faith-based tourism has become one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry, being only overcome by adventure tourism. There are a number of key religious hotspots which attract the most faith tourists. Tourism agencies worldwide have been monitoring this developing trend and many have already launched special packages which feature many places of interest and deliver a complete deal to potential clients. Such packages present a challenge for tour operators, considering the number of places which a themed religious tour need to include. Buddhist religion lures visitors to many Asian countries ranging from Nepal, and India to Japan, while Christians are attracted to countries in the Middle East, Europe or the Americas. Among the most popular religious destinations are the so-called Bible lands or places, which follow the history of Christianity in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, etc. Visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth is only the very basis of such a religious tour. Lourdes in France is perhaps the largest pilgrimage place which annually draws millions of visitors, mainly Catholics. Yet France offers much more to faith travelers including the famous Parisian cathedrals such as Chartres and Notre Dame, or the Mont St. Michel abbey that dates back to 11th century. Latin America as well as the U.S. present a variety of mission trails and those keen on Christian roots will enjoy travelling through Greece or Italy, and even Scotland and Ireland

      British the second most popular visitors to Egypt

      The Egypt Tourism Authority has announced that 1,034,413 British holiday makers visited Egypt in 2011. This makes the UK the second most popular tourist nationality to the home of the ancient Pharaohs, topped only by Russia with Germany coming third. It has also been announced that the average UK holiday maker spends 11.45 nights per annum in Egypt; which is well known for its warm and timeless hospitality and its great value for money. With an excellent climate throughout the seasons, year-round sunshine, two stunning coastlines and desert beauty, its broad cultural spectrum with relics of history that date back thousands of years never cease to attract travelers..

      Mummy gets back her mask

      The daughter of a wealthy family in ancient Egypt has been preserved in the Reading Public Museum for decades, but a key part of the exhibit has been in storage until now. More than 2,000 years ago Nefrina had a mask made to protect her face. And Wednesday the mask was delivered to the museum. Nefrina came to the Reading Public Museum in 1930 but her mask didn’t. She’s been waiting 82 years. For four months people at the University of Pennsylvania, who own Nefrina’s mask, restored it. The Reading Public Museum has unwrapped many of the secrets of Nefrina’s life, from how she died to what she looked like. Now what was meant to protect her face in the afterlife has been returned.

      Great Pyramid’s Hidden Inner Chamber Secrets to be Revealed in 2012

      The secrets of the hidden inner chamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, also called the Pyramid of Khufu, have long since puzzled researchers, for well over a century. However, they may finally be unraveled next year, according to a research team exploring the site. UK-based Scoutek involved in the "Djedi" robotic exploration hopes to conclude their expedition in 2012, as the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), is gradually granting permits for archaeological research, which was originally called off in the wake of 2011 Egyptian uprising. "Once we're allowed to continue, I have no doubt that we can complete our work in 2012," Project Leader Shaun Whitehead was quoted as saying by Discovery News. Four 8-inch-narrow shafts leading from the Queen's Chamber were discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu in 1872. The technology at hand did not allow human eyes of today to see into those shafts; at least, until now. In May this year, the "Djedi" team, named after the magician Djedi, whom Khufu consulted when planning the layout of his pyramid, succeeded in gathering the first pictures from inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu through a robot explorer. "The robot is equipped with a snake camera, which can fit through small spaces and see round corners like an endoscope," Whitehead explained. The pictures showed 4,500-year-old hieroglyphs marked in red on the floor of the chamber which researchers believe could help uncover how the inner chamber was built. The "Djedi" team, a joint international-Egyptian mission, was also able to detail two copper handles embedded in the door to the chamber and found them to be ornamental. They also found the reverse side of the chamber wall polished, probably for a specific purpose which remains unknown. However, the true purpose of the shafts remain a mystery. A widely held belief suggests these shafts were built as passages for the Khufu’s soul to enter the afterlife. In fact, the Great Pyramid is rumored to have many such hidden passageways leading to secret chambers. “With the help of the Djedi team, we hope to uncover the meaning of these airshafts by drilling through the doors that are blocking them,” Zahi Hawass, former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, Egypt, wrote on his blog. Whitehead said that the robot will provide significant clues to determine the purpose of the shafts once they resume the exploration.

      Avenue of sphinxes to open in March

      Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced that the Avenue of Sphinxes will be partly opened to public by mid March. He explained that a 150 meter long section out of the 2,700 meters of the avenue will be ready for the public after restoration, promising to solve all technical and financial problems in order to resume restoration work in the rest of the avenue. The Avenue of Sphinxes was built during the reign of Pharaoh Nectanebo I of the 30th Dynasty. It replaced another built in the 18th Dynasty by Hatshepsut (1502-1482 BC), as she recorded on the walls of her red chapel in Karnak Temple. According to this record, Hatshepsut built six chapels dedicated to the god Amun-Re on the route of the avenue during her reign, indicating that it had long been a place of religious significance. However, over the span of history the avenue was lost, with some of its sphinxes destroyed and whole stretches buried in sand and build on

      KV64 – 1,100 year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

      Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a roughly 1,100 year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings. It is the only tomb of a woman not related to the ancient Egyptian royal families ever found in the Valley of the Kings, said Mansour Boraiq, the top government official for the Antiquities’ Ministry in the city of Luxor, The singer’s name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet. The tomb was found by accident. It was not originally built for the female singer, but was reused for her 400 years after the original one, based on artifacts found inside. Archaeologists do not know whom the tomb was originally intended for. The coffin of the singer belonged to the daughter of a high priest during the 22nd Dynasty. Archaeologists concluded from artifacts that she sang in Karnak Temple. Boraiq said that when the coffin is opened this week, archaeologists will likely find a mummy and a cartonnage mask molded to her face and made from layers of linen and plaster. At the time of her death, Egypt was ruled by Libyan kings, but the high priests who ruled Thebes, which is now within the city of Luxor, were independent. Their authority enabled them to use the royal cemetery for family members. The unearthing marks the 64th tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings.

      Napoleon Bonaparte and Egypt

      One of Napoleon’s most ambitious attempts to prove himself a cultural as well as military titan was to commission a team of scholars to produce the legendary Description de l’Egypte. This was the first thorough attempt to study the antiquities and geography of this ancient civilization, a vast artistic and scientific work that was published in 10 huge folio volumes as well as supplements, and contains 3,000 illustrations, among them pictures more than a meter wide. Napoleon took 167 scholars with him when he invaded Egypt in 1798. He was there to undermine British global power by establishing a French colonial presence. The 167 scholars were not there as a publicity stunt. They included architects, mathematicians, civil engineers, writers, artists and printers. Napoleon ordered them to discover the remains of ancient Egypt, which he called the “cradle of the science and art of all humanity”. Nelson wrecked Napoleon’s military plans in Egypt, but the scholars did produce their Description. The French team journeyed to all the great archaeological sites of Egypt and made the first precise studies of them. This book is a monument to human curiosity and reason. Out of it came a new understanding of the legacy of one of the world’s most charismatic civilizations. Yet the French also studied the modern Egypt of their time, the natural history of the Nile, the Islamic architecture of Cairo, even agricultural techniques and industries.

      Azza Fahmy jewelry in the British Museum

      Designer Azza Fahmy will soon be exhibiting a nine-piece jewelry collection at the British Museum in London that makes use of religious symbolism to convey Islamic ideas. The collection, which is to be displayed in the Grenville Room store at the museum from 26 January, forms part of Fahmy’s upcoming exhibition "Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam." The exhibition will describe the pilgrimage to Mecca, explaining the trip as one of the pillars of Islam, while pointing to the spiritual benefits of the journey. The collection aims to convey to non-Muslims the importance of the pilgrimage for Mulims. “International collaborations have been a focus of our PR strategy to build the brand over the past few years, says Indji Hosny, the public relations director for the Azza Fahmy empire. "With the British Museum, we are taking it to a new level in terms of positioning Azza Fahmy as a homegrown design house that creates art and is expanding internationally.” The three main pieces in the collection scream Azza Fahmy, displying her unmistakable style and creative techniques. In the new works, she uses a mix of sterling silver and gold in depicting objects relating to pilgrimage from the Arabic and Islamic cultures. The items are adorned with calligraphy and semi-precious stones. One necklace carries a pillar-like pendant, featuring calligraphy that reads: "If God closes a door, He opens a thousand others." At the top of the pillar is engraved the word "saada" (happiness). Another necklace carries a "zamzameya" (water flask) pendant, with the word "zamzam" (holy water) engraved on it in gold. Zamzam is traditionally considered to have healing powers. The third remarkable piece is a bracelet with engravings of Islamic shapes and calligraphy that reads "Mercy, serenity, and satisfaction," in addition to the the sayings, "If God closes a door, He opens a thousand others," and "Be kind to your enemies as well as your friends." The design of the jewelry is inspired by old engravings in mosques, geometrical and plant-like shapes and the textiles used to cover the Kaaba. In addition to being both innovative and rooted in historical culture, the new collection serves as further confirmation that one can never mistake an Azza Fahmy piece.

      Egypt’s Yoga Festival “Back To Freedom”

      More and more travelers are looking for both relaxation and ways of improving their health whilst being on vacation. Holiday makers can now combine these two aspects by visiting the ancient world of Egypt and its Fifth International Yoga Festival which takes place at the Domina Coral Bay Elisir Hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh from 26 April to 1 May 2012. The First International Yoga Festival was held five years ago in 2008 and was the first of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East. Its success has grown annually since then and now attracts hundreds of visitors from throughout the globe every year. The festival’s theme in 2012 is “Egypt Back to Freedom”. It stands for the freedom of the people of Egypt and expresses the highest goal of yoga, Kaivalya – freedom. Visitors can experience gentle introduction classes, challenging dynamic yoga classes as well as partner yoga and relaxing Thai yoga massages. Interesting workshops teach new techniques and help to open up and relax the mind. For further information and to register, visit egyptinternationalyogafestival.com.

      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.

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  • 03/01/2012 - January 2012

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      Word of Wisdom of the month: "The ratio of We's to I's is the best indicator of the development of a team"

      2011 is the year of transition in Egypt political debate .

      In unprecedented fashion, 2011 was the year of political debate in Egypt. But not every political question found an answer For Egyptians, 2011 was the year of momentous political change. Starting with The Two Saints Church bombing in Alexandria on New Year's Eve, which left many wondering to what extent Mubarak's regime was using the Coptic minority to distract people's attention from its own corruption, then the January revolution, the year opened a field of political debate that for decades was consider a luxury few could afford. Political discussion took over not only the media but the streets, coffee shops, bus stations, work places and every other place where two or more people found themselves in proximity. What is a civil state? Everyone in Tahrir Square in the first 18 days of the revolution was calling for a civil state. However, after the ouster of Mubarak, the definition of "civil" started to differ from one political group to another. For liberals, civil meant a non-religious, secular state, but for Islamists civil meant a non-military state. The question buffered a large sector of Egyptian society, especially after ultra-conservative Islamist clerics declared that the civil state was against Sharia law and Islam, warning of the negative consequences of separating religion from the state. The debate about a civil state was brought up again with discussion of the supra-constitutional principles document that gave the army independent power, making the choice between the civil state and military state, versus the religious state and civil state, for some the primary choice. The debate about a civil state is sure to cause more heated discussion in 2012, especially with the rise of Islamists in parliament, as well as the continuing rule of SCAF and the military in Egypt.

      Tahrir Square rings in new year with fireworks and candles

      CAIRO: Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo's Tahrir Square

      under a blaze of fireworks to ring in the New Year, capping a roller coaster year of political upheaval and deadly clashes but also the first steps towards democratic rule. "We're here to welcome the New Year together, Christians and Muslims," said one woman holding an Egyptian flag. "This is where the revolution started, and this is where it will continue," said another reveler. Tahrir Square — the symbolic heart of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last February and the scene of demonstrations and deadly clashes since — was turned into a massive concert to commemorate the victims of the uprising. Some carried posters of those who died, others held candles as the revolution's anthems blared through loudspeakers in the heart of the capital. Muslim and Christian religious chants entertained the crowd as balloons in the colors of the Egyptian flag — black, white and red — hovered in the night sky. Activists who helped launch the January 25 uprising had called for a candlelight vigil in the square to "remember all the martyrs, the wounded and those who are still detained, in the hope that the revolution continues and wins." In a Facebook post for the event, they said they hoped that 2012 would be "the year of freedom." In recent months, the square has been the epicenter of protests demanding the ouster of the ruling military council that took power when Mubarak was toppled. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has pledged to hand power to a civilian authority when a president is elected by June, as part of a transition roadmap that saw the start of first legislative polls since Mubarak was ousted. In a message posted on Facebook on Friday, the SCAF urged all Egyptians to work with security forces during the week of festivities in order to ensure calm. The ruling military also vowed to protect the country's churches during the week of celebrations marking the New Year and Coptic Christmas, which falls on Jan. 7.

      One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams.

       

      OCI/BESIX joint venture chosen for Egyptian Grand Museum

      Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) announced today that a 50/50 joint venture with the BESIX Group has been selected for the award of the third phase of the Egyptian Grand Museum valued at approximately US$ 810 million. The project is 65% funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A joint venture between Hill International and EHAF Consulting Engineers will provide project management services during the design and construction of the project. The state-of-the-art Grand Museum will showcase approximately 100,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts in the main exhibition hall and will also include a conference and learning center to educate visitors on Ancient Egyptian history. The museum will house an advanced security and communication system to ensure the safety of the artifacts and will be host to a sophisticated technological system to maximize viewing pleasure for visitors. The project is expected to be complete by July 2015 or in approximately 40 months..

       

      Egypt tackles antiquities budget crisis

      The Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) has decided to exempt bazaar, cafeteria and gift shop owners in museums and archaeological sites from paying rent for June and August. As part of the ministry’s move, any legal action that has been initiated against the owners of affected businesses will be stopped. The council also decided to impose a new entrance fee for some monuments located in Islamic Cairo’s Al-Muez Street. Income accrued from the new charge will be put towards the restoration and maintenance of Islamic monuments. These monuments include Al-Fotouh Gate, Cairo’s northern wall, Al-Nasser Mohamed Quranic School, and both complexes of Barqouq and Qalawun as well as Inal Bath, Al-Kameliya School, Khesru’s Sabil (water fountain), the Salehiya Dome and Bashtak Palace. The fee for entrance into the street is LE100 for tourists and LE1 per monument for Egyptians. During the meeting the council also approved Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim’s suggestion that LE2.5 million from the grant offered by the organizers of Tutankhamun’s exhibition in Japan be allocated to provide medical care to the ministry’s staff. The money had been initially intended for archaeological excavations in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

       

      Traveline..

      In January 2011, Traveline was awarded by Kuoni to be the overseas agent of 2010 in recognition of outstanding performance and client satisfaction. Traveline exceeded the Worldwide company target in Kuoni UK league tables to be number one for 2010.

       

      The World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean 2011

      Under the auspices of The Ministry of Tourism, the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean 2011 will take place at the Savoy International Sharm El Sheikh resort on the Red Sea. The awards are regarded as the pinnacle of achievement that a travel product could hope to receive and serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. For several days the travel professionals who promote Egyptian tourism in Europe, Russia, Ukraine will be in focusing on Egypt's tourism and experiencing its benefits in the Sharm El Sheikh resort.

       

      Luxury Hotel in Cairo, Egypt Wins Big in 2011

      Excelling beyond compare, a magnificent Cairo, Egypt hotel has been acclaimed on numerous occasions during 2011 bearing proof to its dedication to providing world-class accommodations. During 2011 the magnificent JW Marriott Hotel Cairo has once again proven itself as a leader in the hospitality industry, receiving honors reflective of the hotel's administration and its associates' undeniable dedication and enthusiasm in delivering guests an exceptional hotel experience. Awards received during 2011 include: -- This is the second consecutive year for the Cairo international convention center hotel to be dubbed for the award. -- CRISTAL Certificate of Excellence for implementing the CRISTAL Standard based on HACCP food safety management principles to ensure increased food quality standards. -- First Ranked Hotel Supporting the Egyptian Food Bank. In its efforts to raise awareness against food waste, the JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is committed to the program as part of its overall dedication to the Marriott's Social Responsibility agenda. -- Highest ranking property in Travel and Leisure'slist of World's Best Hotel Values for 2011. 4 Marriott Award Winners among Middle East and Africa properties.

       

      Sheraton Miramar Wins "World Travel Award" at the Oscar Festival of Indian Ocean & Africa.

      Sheraton Miramar was crowned on top of the world hotels list, in the world tourism Oscar Festival of Indian Ocean and Africa at Sharm el-Sheikh with 'World Travel Award' as Egypt's Leading Honeymooners choose Sheraton Miramar for its privacy, romantic atmosphere and luxury accommodation in addition to its superior location,design, facilities, and services. The hotel achieved the perfect balance for an ideal honeymoon's three important R's of life; rest, recreation and romance. Sheraton Miramar is really proud to receive this award, which is considered the most prestigious and highly coveted awards programmer in the global travel industry, proven to substantially heighten its international profile.

       

      Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel Red Sea

      Algotherm Red Sea Thalasso & Spa We are proud to be the winner of the 2011 World Luxury Spa Awards! The Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel is home to the Algotherm Red Sea Thalasso & Spa, a unique spa and wellness center covering more than 1000 m². Thalasso therapy is based on the curative properties of sea water, sea salt, sea climate and seaweed. Through therapeutic baths, massages with special cremes, and mud wraps, minerals contained in the sea such as calcium, iodine, iron and magnesium are fed to the body. Thalasso increases the metabolism, boosts blood circulation, tightens the skin, reduces cellulite and offers relaxation for body and mind.

      The Algotherm Red Sea Thalasso & Spa operates in cooperation with French thalasso-therapy professionals Algotherm. Best Health International LogoIt was the first spa of its kind in Egypt being awarded the Best Health International certificate for quality in spa and wellness tourism, following an independent inspection by TÜV Rheinland/Germany auditors.

       

      Hyatt unveils Hyatt House, a fresh take on the extended- stay experience.

      Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:E) today announced that it is evolving its extended-stay brand into a distinctive new hotel concept - Hyatt House TM - that will redefine the segment into a social and contemporary environment to help guests feel connected, welcome, and at home. As part of the unveiling, Hyatt announced it would rebrand to Hyatt House its entire portfolio of 38 Hyatt Summerfield Suites@ hotels, as well as 16 Hotel Sierra@hotels that Hyatt recently acquired from Lodge Works, L.P.

       

      The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company introduces new brand platform:'Lets us stay with you'

      In a new brand platform which launches this month, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. showcases the core service philosophy that makes them a successful luxury lodging company, with the introduction of an entirely new communications approach. Disrupting convention in the hotel category, The Ritz-Carlton poses an alternative style of question to guests, asking 'Let Us Stay With You', thereby reversing the age old approach of hotels asking guests to stay with them. Through the use of art-work, film, messaging, and digital experience platforms, guests are requested to allow The Ritz-Carlton to be much more than just a hotel; indeed to be that indelible memory that lasts a lifetime.

      For promoting and supporting Tourism in the Red Sea. Novotel Marsa Alam New Management agreement signed by ACCOR Hotels Egypt and Egypto.

      Accor Hotels Egypt Management has signed today an agreement with the Egyptian International Company for Tourism and Hotels (subsidiary of Egypto Group), for the management of the fifth Novotel hotel in Egypt, Novotel Marsa Alam (4 star). Hotel opening is scheduled by the end of 2013. The agreement was signed by Philippe Trapp, Vice President of operations, Accor Egypt Hotels, Mr. Rafik Sarkis, Chairman, Egypto.

      Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Cairo City-stars have announced the appointment of Simon W. Stamper as Area General Manager of Inter-Continental Hotels Group City-stars.

      Stamper will be responsible for the overall commercial operations and management of all three of Inter-Continental Hotels Group (IHG) hotels that reside within the City-stars commercial and residential complex, which includes Holiday Inn, Cairo City-stars and Staybridge Suites Cairo City-stars.

       

      Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo opens

      Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo, its 16th hotel in Egypt. The 88-room and 76-suite property overlooking the Nile completed a $20 million renovation to convert to the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand. Situated on Zamalek Island, Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo is located between downtown Cairo and Giza, approximately 20km from Cairo International Airport. It features five restaurants including an all-day dining restaurant, specialty restaurant, coffee shop, pastry shop and pool café. Guests can also make use of three meeting rooms, a business centre and a health club and spa. Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said with its central location in the diplomatic quarter, and its striking Nile views, Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo is an ideal location. Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo joins Ramses Hilton, Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence and Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort as the fourth Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Cairo. Rudi Jagersbacher, area president, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide said within another few years it anticipates growing to 20 properties across the country. For more information, visit Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo

       

      January 28 deadline for Mena Travel Awards nominations

      The Mena Travel Awards, which recognises excellence in Mena’s growing travel industry, will once again be held in 2012 and organisers have called January 28 as the deadline for nominations for the awards in 15 categories. “There is a need to recognize the significant contributions of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry,” said Dr Sam Saker, president of CHA (Consultants of Hospitality Administrators) International, the organiser. “We would like to change the widely held perception or stereotype that the five-star hotels in Middle East are equivalent, in service and product quality, to the four-star hotels in Europe and North America. We have better products and services in the region and we are out to prove it.” “We are also encouraging hotels, airlines, rent car companies to work together towards enhancing the service in our region,” Dr Saker said. “While looking forward to the 2012 MENA travel awards winners of platinum, gold and silver, CHA is proud of the region's dynamic spirit and the evenhanded end users assessments,” he added. The 2012 event slogan is “Champions of Service Quality”. The CHA teams are estimating over 182,000 – 192,000 votes from the industry's end users / guests in the upcoming race for “excellence”. The Mena Travel Awards “Champions of Service Quality” Award ceremony will be held at the Arabian Travel Market on May 3, 2012 in Dubai.

       

       

      JAZ Hotels, Resorts & Cruises 2011 EPGA Championship PRO-AM

      Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises had sponsored a Pro-Am golf tournament that was held at Allegria Golf Course, a Greg Norman signature course. The tournament was a great success with 88 golfers participating to form a total of 22 teams. The two teams of Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises wowed the audience with their outstanding performance that put one of them in the 5th ranking among the 22 teams. Moreover, the company offered prizes for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place amateurs winners that included free stays at magnificent Jaz Little Venice Golf Resort – Ain El Sokhna & Jaz Makadi Bayview Hotel & Golf Resort – Madinat Makadi (Hurghada). It’s worth mentioning that Jaz Little Venice Golf Course, is an amazing 9 hole championship course with a 3,530 yard layout. It offers challenging greens, fairways & bunkers to suit experienced golfers without putting off the novice. While the 18 hole championship Madinat Makadi Golf Course extends over 1.4 million square meters, strategically designed & built to the USPGA standards. Both courses were designed by the famous Sanford Golf Design.

      Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

      The riders had another early start. They made their way through the desert road leading to Toshka then to Abu Simbel. The weather was hot and the ride was long. Mid-day, the team stopped for some off-road activities and to have a taste of the desert. They took their scooters off-road and challenged the little engines in the sand. 

      After playtime, they continued onwards until they have reached Toshka, where they saw the Sheikh Zayed Canal that brings water into the heart of the Eastern Egyptian desert for land reclamation. 

      As they were back on the road, and after a while, the team members could suddenly see the “Welcome to Abu Simbel” sign, and were extremely happy to reach the end. They halted their scooters and had a moment of celebration. They had done it!

      The team reached the Abu Simbel Temples. There they were greeted by the mayor of the city, Mr. Asaad Abd El Mageed and were given a tour of the complex. 

      It was explained to them how these huge structures were saved and moved in the sixties from their original location to make room for Lake Nasser. After finishing their tour of the temples, the adventurers took a historical photograph in front of Abu Simbel, marking the end of their Cross Egypt Challenge’s journey. 

      The riders covered a total of 2000 km. They started from the very north of Egypt; the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. They travelled all the way to the eastern border of Egypt to the resort city of Taba. They moved through Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada to make it to Abu Simbel which is only 50 km from the southern border of Egypt with the Sudan.

      Friday, October 21st, 2011

      The team set out early in the morning for Aswan. They took another agricultural road which was described by one of the team members as the best road they were on. He said “This road samples all of Egypt; you can see the Nile River, agricultural lands, deserts and mountains along the way. You can see villages along the Nile and others under large mountains. You can see temples, railroads and new construction; you can simply see Egypt as you pass through this road”. 

      On this road, the scooter-riders had several stops. They visited the Kom Ombo Temple which is dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek, God of fertility. They also had a stop for Friday prayers at a small Nubian village called Daboud. After prayers the riders met with the Nubian villagers and took photographs with them. Along their journey they stopped at some date and sugar cane fields and enjoyed the villagers’ hospitality, who offered them all kinds of dates.

      The team finally reached Aswan and headed straight to the High Dam and Lake Nasser that extends for 500 km, were they stopped for a quick tour.

       

      Thursday, October 20th, 2011

      Day seven has arrived, and the adventurers set out just after sunrise for a very long day ahead. They had to cross about 280 km from Hurghada to Luxor, and the journey proved to be a difficult one due to road construction. 

      As the team passed through the city of Qena, they took the agricultural road from Qena to Luxor and enjoyed a much needed change in scenery. They feasted their eyes on the fertile green fields to their left and right. 

       

      Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

      The team had planned a free day for day six. They did some sight-seeing in the city of Hurghada and went to the Governorate building, where they were met by the Red Sea Governor Major General Mahmoud Assem and another press conference was held. They were then awarded the Shield of the Red Sea Governorate as a token of appreciation for their efforts. There was time for some interviews with local and national radio and some television stations. 

       

      Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

      The scheduled ferry ride from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada has been cancelled due to the ferries being non-operational at that time, so instead the team took a flight to Hurghada while a truck was hired to transport the scooters to their destination by land. The scooters have been loaded on the truck the night before and were properly fastened for the road. 

      The team took their plane in the morning of the 18th and arrived at Hurghada shortly after. They enjoyed a relaxing day at the beach, soaked up the Egyptian sun and played some water sports. By evening, their scooters had already arrived safely.

       

      Monday, October 17th, 2011

      Due to the long route taken the previous day, day four included a short journey from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh. The team took it easy and went sight-seeing in the city of Dahab, took a stroll on the Dahab boardwalk and did some souvenir shopping, then got on the road nearing midday. 

       

      Sunday, October 16th, 2011

      With over 430 km, the third day was originally supposed to be the longest of the journey. The team got up early in the morning for breakfast and at 8 a.m. they were set for their eight hour ride from Suez to Dahab passing through Taba. They have been surrounded by beautiful scenery along the way, and so have made several stops to take photos, enjoy Egypt’s magnificent natural wonders and have some rest.

       

      Saturday, October 15th, 2011

      Early Saturday morning the team returned to the Pyramids of Giza for their photo shoots at the Giza Plateau.
      After spending two hours, the riders were back on the road. They rode through Cairo’s traffic visiting famous landmarks as Kasr el Nile bridge, where the team stood for a moment of silence in remembrance of the martyrs of January 25th revolution, then the world’s famous Tahrir Square

       

      Friday, October 14th, 2011

      The long awaited Cross Egypt Challenge has finally taken off from Alexandria on Friday, October 14th. The Cross Egypt Challenge team gathered Friday morning in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to bid farewell to their families, friends, and fans. There was a huge gathering on the Corniche where cameras flashed and people cheered as the riders hit the open road. 

      The team started their 1700 km journey right on schedule. Their first stop was at the Pyramids of Giza where a press conference was hold with the scenic back-drop of the sun setting on the Pyramids and Sphinx.



      Amphibious Characters of Egypt

      If by feminism is meant women's claim to the same rights as men enjoy then the first feminists were those of ancient Egypt. The most casual observer can hardly fail to notice how, in ancient monuments and inscriptions, queens sat side by side with their royal consorts and received the same royal honours. Women in ancient Egypt undoubtedly enjoyed a considerable measure of freedom; their position was an honoured one and it may well be that they had a voice in the councils of state. They certainly had such a voice under the New Empire (1555-712 B.C.). During that period a woman, Queen Hatshepsut (1495 B.C.) was co-regent with her father King Thutmosis. Hatshepsut sought and claimed more than the power of royalty. She secured for herself its outward attributes. Not only did she wear the insignia of sovereignty but she also fastened to her chin the ceremonial beard of the Pharaohs.She was a woman of enterprise and determination; under her rule expeditions set out from Egypt to distant lands and she ordered the exploitation of the turquoise mines of Sinai. Of lovely Queen Nefertiti we know little except her loveliness. At any rate she did not disfigure her perfect features by wearing a beard !

      The beauty of Cleopatra is legendary and yet history does not record whether she was dark or fair, tall or short. She, like Hatshepsut was an ambitious Queen but, "having swayed the rod of empire" she was to die with her ambitions unfulfilled. Perhaps the most eloquent epitaph to Cleopatra was that of her waiting-maid. "How did she die?" asked a Roman officer. "Right well" replied the maid "and worthily of the descendant of a line of kings". The next great woman in Egyptian history was not a queen. Hypatia, immortalized in Kingley's novel, was one of the finest characters in history. It is sad to think that so much learning, so much wisdom and so much beauty should have met with so brutal a death.

      Wth the Arab conquest a new era set in. Women were more secluded; they took little part in public affairs. But it would seem that the women of Egypt retained their characteristics; they still liked to walk abroad, they still liked to talk. For we find the eccentric ruler, Hakim (A.D. 996-1021) making laws forbidding shoemakers to make shoes for women. Hakim hoped thus to prevent them leaving their homes but history does not relate whether he achieved his purpose. He also forbade women to use the public baths "so as to prevent them from gossiping" The Mameluke period comprised the reign of a great queen. Shagaret Ed Dur (literally "tree of pearls") seized the throne of her dead stepson and when the country cried out against the rule of a woman she prudently invited a Mameluke to share the throne with her. Shagaret's pilgrimage to Mecca was the origin of the ceremony, now a yearly one, of the "Holy Carpet". She also founded a military band which gave daily performances at the Citadel. It is sad to record that Shagaret Ed Dur met a terrible death at the hands of a rival's slave-women. One of the loveliest mausoleums in the Eastern Cemetery of Cairo is, or rather was, (for only part of it remains) that of Princess Toghay, the wife of Sultan En Nasir Mohammed. She also performed the pilgrimage to Mecca and although she had been born slave it is said that no queen's pilgrimage ever equalled hers for magnificence. She must have been generous as well as great for her chroniclers tell that she freed no fewer than one thousand female slaves. A certain amount of misconception exists in many Western minds as to the status of women in Islamic countries and, more particularly in Egypt, It is true that until recent years a Western woman enjoyed a greater amount of freedom in regard to leaving her home and choosing a career, But it is not always realised that the Egyptian woman has always, in some respects, enjoyed a freedom denied to her Western sister or only recently attained by her. Her property for instance is entirely her own; she can dispose of it as she pleases without having to obtain her husband's consent, Economic independence of this nature is hardly compatible with the subservience and indeed enslavement of women which has so often been described or implied in books about Egypt, Actually, even when the system of the seclusion of women was in full force, Egyptian women exercised very much more influence than is commonly supposed. In the first place the early education of their children was entirely in their hands for, at the time, no primary or elementary schools were in existence, Interpolated among many somewhat critical remarks we find in Lane's "Manners and Customs" the following significant sentence: "It is important to observe that an affectionate respect for parents and elders inculcated in the Hareem fits the boy for an abrupt introduction into the world", And again: "It might be imagined that the women of the higher and middle classes feel themselves severely oppressed and are much discontented with the state of seclusion to which they are subjected; but this is not commonly the case"

      A case can undoubtedly be made out against the seclusion of women, Like every other social system it had its drawbacks, In Egypt, at the present day, it is little more than a memory. But it would be wrong to suppose that now vanished system was entirely irksome to the women who lived under it. Against the handicap of being unable to adopt a career they had the comforting assurance that they would be provided for throughout life to old age. Be that as it may, there are very few restrictions on the activity of Egyptian women at the present day. The principle of compulsory education for girls as well as for boys has been adopted by the Egyptian Government. In 1945 there were under the control of the Ministry of Education, 4856 Elementary Schools, 60 primary schools for girls, and 15 training colleges, 27 Technical Schools for girls, 413,156 pupils were receiving tuition therein. To these figures must be added the very large number of Egyptian girls who receive their education at one or other of the many foreign schools in Egypt. The latter schools and colleges, particularly those directed by nuns, have already educated several generations of Egyptian women. In the realm however of higher education Egyptian women receive the same training, and under the same conditions, as Egyptian men. The Egyptian university has its women undergraduates ,vhile Egyptian women are free to qualify as doctors, lawyers and professors.Government service, in certain Ministries, is open to women and trained Egyptian girls are claiming and obtaining an ever greater share of positions in industry, commerce and applied arts. Egyptian woman writers are also making their mark. Curiously enough the "best selling" works of Egyptian authoresses have been published not only in Arabic but also in many foreign languages. This is due partly to the education which many women of the Egyptian upper classes receive and partly to the bilingual, and indeed trilingual, character of Egyptian society. It is rare to find an educated Egyptian, whether man or woman, who cannot speak one or two foreign languages as well as the Mother tongue. 

      In what way will emancipation affect the future of the Egyptian woman? The demand that, by means of the vote, she should have the same political rights has not so far reached very considerable proportions. The trend of feeling seems to be that political power is likely to follow rather than to precede the Egyptian woman's assertion of her full economic and social rights. In these directions, although much has been achieved, a great deal remains to be done. The interest and activity displayed by Egyptian women in everything appertaining to infant welfare, mothercraft, education, hygiene and social work would appear to conJirm the impression that in these directions rather than in political activities lie the immediate outlet for feminine enterprise and labour.It is in regard to these activities that the First Lady in the Land, Her Majesty Queen Farida, sets a shining example. Every good cause connected with the physical and moral welfare of Egyptian womanhood is assured of her active support. One of the first functions which she attended after her marriage was a charity fete which it is relevant to mention here because its organisation and object were typical of the work done by Egyptian ladies on behalf of their less fortunate sisters. In aid of the Oeuvre Mohammed Ali which is devoted to the care of mothers and babies, the fete, under Queen Farida's patronage, was organized by women members of the Royal Family and of the Egyptian aristocracy. It was held in a palace which had once belonged to Mohammed Ali himself and in that beautiful setting, the thousand-and-one nights were revived. The dancing, the gorgeous costumes, the splendours of old oriental scenes were, to the thousands of beholders an unforgettable delight. The whole entertainment was a striking manifestation of art as the handmaiden to charity 

      It has been mentioned elsewhere that Egypt is in many respects the musical and artistic centre of the Near East. The Egyptian woman's contribution in this domain is very considerable. One of the favourite singers in Egyptian wireless programmes is a woman (Om Kalsom) whose gramophone records find a ready sale from Tangier to Teheran. In Egyptian films great success has been achieved by women actresses while much excellent work in recent art exhibitions at Cairo has been the work of Egyptian women painters There can be little doubt that, as time passes, the aspirations and  talents of Egyptian women will find more and more channels of expression and meet with ever greater recognition in other lands as well as in their own. Egyptian delegates have for some years past attended the meetings of the International Council of Women; on at least one of these occ'asions an Egyptian woman has acted as chairman. From this and other contacts with their sisters in other lands Egyptian women gain the confidence which is a necessary adjunct to their newly acquired emancipation ; they profit by the experience and knowledge of other women. In return they show by their enterprise and achievements that the Egyptian woman, without sacrifice of what is best in oriental tradition and sentiment, is rapidly building up for the womanhood and girlhood of Egypt an honoured place in the modern world. 

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