Egypt completes re-evaluation of 716 hotels, resorts in Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea and South Sinai

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 26 Feb 2022

A group of 716 hotels and resorts, in Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea and South Sinai as well as the city of Ain Sokhna in Suez, were re-evaluated according to new hospitality criteria, a statement by the ministry said on Saturday.

A general view of one of the Red sea resort s beach. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Facebook page.

The evaluations were carried out by committees from the department responsible for monitoring tourism facilities at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in line with criteria established in 2019 to meet international standards..

Among these establishments, 529 are hotels currently in operation while 187 are closed.

Abdel-Fattah Al-Assi, the assistant minister for monitoring tourism facilities, said that these evaluations reflect the ministry’s keenness to enhance Egyptian tourist destinations and help hotels and resorts meet international standards.

The new hospitality criteria for Egyptian hotels has been developed in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Of the one to five-star hotels that have been re-evaluated, 78 have had their status remain unchanged.

At the same time, 44 hotels have been downgraded. This includes 12 five-star hotels that were reduced to four, 14 four-star hotels that were reduced to three, 12 three-star hotels that were reduced to two, and six two-star hotels that were reduced to one.

Mohamed Amer, director for the ministry’s department for monitoring hotels, added that the tourism licenses for 20 hotels were revoked due to shortcomings, while 306 hotels were given a three-month grace period in which to start renovations that would bring them in line with the new criteria.

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