News February 2021

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." - Aldous Huxley

News February 2021

News February 2021
01/02/2021

Hurghada Receives the First Flight of the German Airline Condor 

 In line with the continuous cooperation and coordination between the Ministry and the ministry of Civil Aviation, Hurghada International Airport received the first flight of Condor Airlines, a German charter airline, coming from Frankfurt. This flight is schedulrd to be a weekly flight until mid-March, then the number of flights will increase to 3  per week. 

 

Improving  Tourism Services in Museums and Archaeological Sites 

 In line with its plan to improve tourism service provided to visitors  in museums, archaeological sites and historical palaces, the Ministry upgraded tourism services in a number of archeological sites in  Fayoum and Aswan, in coordination with the governorates and sponsors from the private sector. The Ministry is also working on a project to use the  basement of the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis as a Cultural Hub to hold workshops and art exhibitions and host cultural gatherings. 

 

Setting the ETPB Office in Hurghada to Conduct PCR Tests for Tourists  

The Ministry set up the office of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board in Hurghada, to temporarily conduct PCR tests for tourists upon arrival and other tests required upon departure according to the requirements of different countries, to reduce congestion at the airport. The Minister and the Minister of Civil Aviation and Governor of the Red Sea, visited this office on 20 February. 

 

Inviting Two Bloggers from the Czech Republic 

 The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, organized a fam trip to two influencers from the Czech Republic. This is a part of the Ministry’s efforts to diversify its marketing tools by inviting influencers from around the world  to Egypt. The two Czech influencers have a large number of followers on their social media platforms. Their program included visiting Sharm el-Sheikh and Cairo, where they visited Giza pyramids, Old Cairo, the Citadel of Salah El Din and the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.  

... And A Group of Arab Social Media Influencers to Celebrate "Arab Tourism Day" 

"Digital transformation towards safe Arab tourism", is the slogan of this year’s Arab Tourism Day which is celebrated on 25 February of each year. The Arab Tourism Organization chose this slogan to highlight the use of modern technologies in all tourism and heritage sites. To celebrate this day, the Ministry invited a group of social media influencers from Egypt and various Arab countries on a tour to visit Sharm el-Sheikh and the landmarks of historic Cairo, Giza pyramids, and ancient Egypt. 

 

Spouses of Ambassadors of 20 Countries Visit Saqqara 

On 11 February, The Ministry organized a visit for the spouses of ambassadors of 20 foreign countries in Cairo to the Saqqara archeological site. The spouse of the Foreign Minister and spouses of a number of the Egyptian Foreign Minister’s assistants participated in this visit. The group was received by the director of Saqqara Antiquities. They entered the Step Pyramid of Djoser and visited its pyramid group, the pyramid of Unas, the pyramid of King Tete, the tomb of Kagmani, and the Serapeum, in addition to visiting the Imhotep Museum. 

 

The Pyramids Receive Officials and Sports Teams From A Number of Countries 

During February, the Giza Pyramids received a number of officials, public figures and sports teams from a number of countries of the world. The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his accompanying delegation, the President of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and  Dennis James, the coach of the Egyptian Bodybuilding Champion "Big Ramy" all visited the the Giza Pyramids. The Vice President of the International Shooting Federation and members of the shooting teams of India and Czech participating in the ISSF World Cup Shotgun tournament hosted by Egypt from 22 February- 5 March" also visited this iconic place. 

 

Egypt in the Spotlight 

The New York Times Launches a Cultural Quiz Titled "How Much Do You Know About Egypt?" 

Under the title "How much do you know about Egypt?" American newspaper The New York Times launched on its website, a quiz presented in an interesting way to ask the world about Egypt, its history, culture, ancient civilization, geographical location, beautiful cities, sunny beaches, picturesque nature, culture, customs and traditions of its people.This quiz takes people on an educational journey inside Egypt by asking a number of questions and receiving answers accompanied by pictures and information explaining the city that was chosen and its touristic, archaeological and natural attractions, in addition to the places of entertainment.  

 

Egypt is One of the Best Tourist Destinations for The Czech Tourist  

A report was published on the official website of the Czech Radio Station on the excitement of Czech citizens to travel abroad during the summer despite the pandemic, Egypt was one of the best tourist destinations they chose.  According to the  report, Czeck  travel agents said they  received thousands of reservations to warmer tourist destinations, including Egypt. The report also indicated that Egypt ranks first among the Czech tourists’ favorite tourist destinations. 

 

 The Guardian publishes A Report Titled "The Inselbergs Of Egypt’s White Desert" 

Under the title "The inselbergs of Egypt’s White Desert" the Guardian published a photo report showcasing the beautiful landscapes of the White Desert in Egypt and the most prominent of which is the large rock formation known as "Mushrooms". In additional to highlighting the activities of visitors to this region. The report mentioned the initiative "Enjoy Winter in Egypt" launched by the Ministry with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Hotel Association in January 2021 to promote domestic tourism. 

 

Italian Newspaper: Sharm El-Sheikh is One of the Best Tourist Destination to Travel to During 2021 

The Italian newspaper Comunicati Stampa published a report saying that tourism and travel agency "Astrolabe" chose Sharm el-Sheikh as one of  the best  tourist destinations to travel to during 2021. It indicated that the city of Sharm elSheikh is one of the most famous and popular destinations. The report added that spending a vacation there will make its visitors live a unique and distinctive experience, and will make them want to go back again 

 

Egypt is One of The Best Destinations for  Travel During Coronavirus Crisis According to CNN Travel 

Within their "Unlocking the World" initiative launched for its readers about the tourist destinations to travel to now during the Coronavirus crisis, CNN Travel chose Egypt as one of these destinations with a number of other countries in the world. CNN Travel highlighted in this report, published under the title "Traveling to Egypt during Covid19-: What You Need to Know Before You Go", the strictness and seriousness of applying hygiene safety measures implemented in Egypt 

 

The British Telegraph Sheds Light on Egyptian Tourism in Three Reports 

The British Telegraph published three reports about tourism in Egypt. One report showcased, the mask of the Boy King Tutankhamun as one of the tourist icons in the world to see during one’s lifetime. The report gave a detailed description of the mask, its design, and that it’s one of the unique pieces that dazzled the world and increased the passion for the ancient Egyptian civilization. The British Telegraph also published a report about Nile cruises in Egypt, the article described them as one of the best cruise experiences in the world. The third report, chose Egypt as one of the best destinations of 2021 after the UK’s lockdown eases.   

The Swiss Travel INSIDE: Egypt First in the World Among the Most Soughtafter Destinations 

In an opinion survey conducted by the Swiss tourism and travel magazine "Travel INSIDE", Egypt ranked first in the world among the most sought-after destinations during the current period, outperforming many other tourist destinations such as the Maldives and the Caribbean. This survey confirms the confidence of Swiss tourists in the Egypt, its geographical location, picturesque beaches and sunny weather throughout the year, especially in times when Europe is cold. 

 

Inaugurating Two Restoration And Development Projects of the Temple of Athribis and the Hawawish Necropolis in Sohag 

On 26 February, the Minister inaugurated the two projects for the restoration and development of Athribis Temple in Sheikh Hamad and the Hawawish Necropolis in Akhmim, Sohag. This comes in line with the Ministry's plan  to preserve archaeological sites, open new places for visits and develop tourism services in museums and archaeological sites. The cost of the project for the restoration and development of the Temple of Athribis was EGP5.50 million, and the cost of the project for the restoration and development of the Al Hawawish Necripolis was EGP9 million. These projects, completed in nearly two years, were carried out in cooperation with Sohag governorate, represented by the Local Development Project for the Development of Upper Egypt. The two projects are financed by the World Bank. On the occasion of the inauguration, Egyptians were given free entry until the end of March 2021. 

 

Archaeological Dicoveries 

Discovery of what is Believed to be the Oldest Brewery in Abydos 

The joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission working in Abydos has uncovered what is believed to be the oldest high-production brewery in the world. This factory is likely to date back to the era of King Narmer, and  consists of eight large sections, which were used as units for beer production. It produced about 22,400 liters of beer at a time, and it may have been built in this place specifically to supply the royal rituals that were taking place inside the funeral facilities of the kings of Egypt.  

CT Scans of the Mummy of King Seqenenre-Taa-II  

A research published on 17 February in the scientific Journal "Frontiers in Medicine" about examining the mummy of King Seqenenre-Taa II by Computed tomography (CT scan) done by Dr. Zahi Hawass, the renowned archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities, and Dr. Sahar Saleem, professor of radiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. This presented a new interpretation of the events before and after the death of King Seqenenre. The deformed hands indicate that Seqenenre may have been captured on the battlefield, and his hands were tied behind his back, preventing him from deflecting the fierce attack from his face. CT scan of Seqenenre mummy revealed details of the head injuries, including wounds that had not been discovered in previous examinations and had been skillfully hidden by embalmers.