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Tourism projects planned for Sinai, Red Sea and Suez

A medical resort and a marina linking Ain Sokhna and Ras Sedr are among seven projects to boost tourism in Egypt

Dalia Farouk, Ahram Online, Friday 7 Mar 2014
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Photo file: A tourist walks at a Red Sea resort in Sharm el-Sheikh (Photo: Reuters)
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The tourist development authority (TDA) has received 64 applications to establish seven tourism investment projects on the Red Sea coast worth some LE3 billion ($0.4 billion), the authority stated on Thursday.

Mostly of the applicants are Arab and Egyptian tourism investment companies.

The projects on the Red Sea coast in South Sinai and Suez governorates amount to 7.8 million square metres.

A medical tourism project, tourist resorts and a marina to link the beach cities of Ain Sokhna and Ras Sedr are the main ventures proposed by the TDA.

Egypt aims to reinvigorate the tourism industry, which represents over 11 percent of the state’s GDP, after it suffered a blow in the wake of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July 2013.

Last week, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou headed to Germany to urge tour operators to ease their advice against travel to the entire Sinai Peninsula after the fatal bombing of a tourist bus prompted operators to bring back holidaymakers from Sharm El-Sheikh a week earlier.

"Our latest crisis is the negative travel advice by the German government," Zaazou told Reuters in an interview at the ITB travel fair in Berlin on Wednesday.

France and Britain, two other major sources of tourists for Egypt, also advise against travelling to the peninsula but exempted Sharm El-Sheikh. 

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Werner Gessner
09-03-2014 10:02pm
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Well reading this report with disbeliev,more Projects who will finance them, so many projects are on hold, most Hotels are empty in Sharm, Hurghada etc..revamp redo and add. new features to the existing properites. Medical tourism was a talk 20 years ago and nothing happen except a SPA here and there. Get mega sport Events to attract new Business and add water attractions, see Florida, see Dubai do bring in new tourists and conferences.But 1st of all stabilize & secure the contry then safety is the key to all my suggestions.I have propsed this to the ministry of tourism over and over again, also informed and spoke the several Egyptian Ambassadors on this issues,as well the Sharm Investors Group, the results you see. We are at the start again...
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Sam Enslow
09-03-2014 06:24am
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Egyptians love grand projects, most of which never happen. This time and money would be better spent renovating existing structures, many with historical importance and in working with the tourism sector to train those selling goods and services to tourists on the proper ways to do so. Cheap hustles cost Egypt billions in revenue. Once a tourist is feeling cheated, over charged, and gets bad service, his hands and money stay in his pockets. Also, Egyptians benefit more from budget tourists who buy in local shops, eat in local establishments, buy goods in local stores. This activity puts money into the pockets of the people - not just the big players.
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expat
09-03-2014 09:41am
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totally correct
You are totally correct,with the exemption,that your "budget-tourists" nowadays use the 5star hotels as hostels with the matching rates
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neil
07-03-2014 08:09pm
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plan and priority
these examples remind me of things I've seen in Egypt, , that are not good. the medical reminds me of an imaginary conversation I had of two Tourism Department brainstormers; 'ecotourism by bird-watching in Fayoum'....do you like to bird-watch?'...of course not, but foreigners are crazy'... who ever put the words 'egypt' and 'medicine' together? first, get that Royal Rife machine the government says it has a copy of, going. second, as soon as a business looks successful, everyone in town - with no qualifications copies it, with no survey of the market. in this case, everyone wants to build a resort.what egypt needs, is to move away from a monocrop.... but I don't mean bird-watching
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expat
07-03-2014 07:02pm
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I am living in a town,where since 2009 a Four Seasons should be built,in a prime spot well,it will not happen for another ten years,for a reason this country cannot supply real safety,everybody just witnessing the local security force is wondering,(with all the hardcore salafeen etc arround) how god prevented untill now a REAL big incident after three years in crisis a honest advise for tourists would be,stay away,untill the dust settles and the future is clear
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expat
09-03-2014 09:42am
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sorry,wrong
Hi Neil,sorry,it is upper egypt,where the famous four seasons is on hold for over 5 years now, as well as sofitel moved out completly
neil
08-03-2014 01:59pm
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expat has to be referring to minya. the area around minya and fayoum contain the world's greatest natural history, agriculture history, art history, archeology history, .....they are also the most 'undeveloped'......if the government spent (wisely!!!!) the same amount in this region as in others....tourists would have another place to visit a short drive from cairo
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